Cumbrian Cath O’Donnell starts on the bench as England launch their TikTok Women’s Six Nations campaign against Scotland this weekend.

The Maryport lock has been named among the eight replacements for the showdown at Kingston Park.

Carlisle-born O’Donnell, 26, will hope to play her part in a successful start for the Red Roses in Newcastle.

Her fellow Cumbrian, Abbie Ward, is involved on the coaching side with England during her pregnancy.

The game will be captain Sarah Hunter’s last outing before retirement, while Saracens prop Mackenzie Carson starts after switching allegiance from Canada.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 4.45pm and is live on BBC2.

Ward, meanwhile, has today extended her deal with Bristol Bears.

The Keswick star has committed to the club for the 2023/24 season.

Head coach Dave Ward told the Bristol website: “It’s fantastic news that Abbie is staying in Bear Country - she is not only one of the leading second rows in the world, but her leadership last season was pivotal to the club's success.

“We are excited as a club to support both her journey as a player, and as a soon-to-be mum, next season and beyond.”

Ward added: “I am delighted to be staying in Bear Country. I feel I have a lot more to give and my best rugby yet to play, and being at Bears will give me the best opportunity to elevate my game."