Dempsey To Take Reins For Euro Championships

Scotland Women's team assistant coach, Jamie Dempsey, will take over the head coach reins for the duration of the FIRA-AER European Championships in Amsterdam next month. Dempsey will lead the Scotland Women's team as their existing head coach, Lee Adamson, steps down from his role at the end of the season.Scotland Women's team assistant coach, Jamie Dempsey, will take over the head coach reins for the duration of the FIRA-AER European Championships in Amsterdam next month.

Dempsey will lead the Scotland Women's team as their existing head coach, Lee Adamson, steps down from his role at the end of the season.

On his departure, Adamson said: "Scotland gave me an incredible opportunity at a time in my career that was right to coach a national team.

"I'm very grateful to the Scottish Women's Rugby Union for giving me that opportunity and I'll continue to support the Scotland Women's team from the stands whenever I get the chance._x001D_

Looking forward to the experience that lies ahead, Dempsey added: _x001C_I've really enjoyed helping coach the Women's team with Lee.

_x001D_It's been great to work alongside a guy with his experience and I'm relishing the opportunity that lies ahead._x001D_

Hugh Campbell, the former national coach for the senior men's team who will be helping coach the Women's team, praised Dempsey's coaching ability and re-iterated the importance of the opportunity for the 28-year-old: _x001C_Coaching the national Women's team is a fantastic opportunity for any coach and it's especially pleasing to see a talented young Scottish coach like Jamie get this chance.

_x001D_There are very few opportunities for young coaches to get experience at international level and Jamie has shown real potential, so I wish him all the very best for the European Championships next month._x001D_

Scotland's first game of the Championships is against Wales at the Nationaal Rugby Centrum Amsterdam on Saturday 17 May (kick-off 7pm (local time).

Scotland Women's squad to take part in the FIRA-AER European Championships in Amsterdam from Friday 16 until Sunday 25 May: Jilly McCord (Royal High Costorphine), Beth Dickens (Murrayfield Wanderers), Heather Lockhart (Hillhead/Jordanhill), Sarah-Louise Walker (Watsonians), Joan Hutchison (Hillhead / Jordanhill), Lindsey Wheeler (Blaydon / Team Northumbria), Louise Moffat (Royal High Costorphine), Lyne Reid (Royal High Costorphine), Mary Lafaiki (Watsonians), Alex Pratt (Watsonians), Keri Holdsworth (Watsonians), Sarah Gill (Murrayfield Wanderers), Louise Dalgliesh (Royal High Costorphine), Erin Kerr (Richmond), Julie Sanaghan (Kirkcaldy), Suzi Newton (Blaydon / Team Northumbria), Laura Steven (Murrayfield Wanderers), Ronnie Fitzpatrick (Royal High Costorphine), Tanya Griffith (Royal High Costorphine), Cara D'Silva (Royal High Costorphine), Lynsey Douglas (Richmond), Lucy Millard (Murrayfield Wanderers), Ellen Beattie (Murrayfield Wanderers), Louise Forsyth (Royal High Costorphine)

Scotland Women Management Team for the IRB/FIRA European Championships:
Head coach (Defence/Backs): Jamie Dempsey
Assistant coach (Forwards): Hugh Campbell
Physiotherapist: Kath Carswell
Doctor: Dr Zoe Dickinson
Manager: Ali McKenzie
Assistant Manager: Jo Hull