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England fly half Katy McLean says she can't wait to don the captaincy armband this Saturday when England take on Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at Meggatland, Edinburgh, kick off 1.30pm.

McLean, who has been given the task of captaining England with Catherine Spencer on the bench, hopes to lead her country to a fourth successive Six Nations win which will keep England's defence of their title on track.

"Obviously it's a massive honour to captain your country, especially in the Six Nations," said McLean, who plays for Darlington Mowden Park Sharks. "I'm really excited about it, and I am just looking forward to getting out there and playing especially after a weekend off.

"We need to focus on the Scotland game as a priority. The most important thing is that we build on our performances so far and we win. Scotland will be really up for this game and we must have the same mind set.

"Scotland are always a tough opposition so the fact that they are playing at home after a draw away to Italy and a win against France will definitely give them confidence. They always have a good pack and have a lot of pace out wide which we will have to be aware of."

England Head Coach Gary Street has made a raft of changes to the squad, which includes giving Worcester's Karen Jones, Richmond's Emma Layland and Bristol's Kim Oliver their first starts for England this season after some impressive performances for England A. Richmond's Fiona Pocock will also make her first start for England at full back.

McLean added: "I think this is a great opportunity for the players who have come up to really prove themselves. All of them played really well for the As so hopefully they can do the same against Scotland. This tournament is massive for everyone as we are all competing to be in that world cup squad, so taking your opportunities are vital."

The 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup kicks off on August 20th at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, with the semi finals and final being held at the Twickenham Stoop in September. Tickets for the WRWC will be available from Ticketmaster from March 22nd.

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