Open Invite Offers Insight To Elite Performance

As part of the SWRU recruitment and talent identification process we are hosting an 'open invite' talent ID day on the 8th Nov for girls / women aged 17yrs and above (must be 17yrs on the 1st Sept 08) and in full time education. The day will be based around a skills session and a game - please note this is not a trial, this is an opportunity for new players / players who show potential to develop, to come along and see how they fit into the performance culture in preparation for our Academy trials in Jan 2009. This is also an opportunity for the Academy Coaches to get some information on the standard of players that are in education.

Lasswade RFC
Hawthornden, Polton, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian EH19 3PR
Registration - 9am
Finish time - 12noon

The purpose of the day is to identify potential students who are suited to participate in the SWRU performance programme, and who may be interested in trialling for the SWRU Academy in January 2009.

Following on from the talent identification day in November, there will be open SWRU Academy trials on the 24th Jan 09 (details to follow on the SWRU website).

Any queries please contact: Jo Hull, SWRU Performance Development Manager.
Email: [email protected] ,Tel: 07780 660519


The SWRU Performance Programme is committed to achieving excellence for the Scottish Women's Rugby Union.

The aim of the Performance Programme is to develop and enhance players over the age of 15yrs old, in preparation for the 2010 and 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cups. Scotland Women are currently ranked 6th in the World, and our aim is to improve this World ranking over the next two World Cups.


Scotland Women is the elite Team which represents us on the international stage. The squad of 26 players will undertake an elite level programme of individual skills development and team preparation.

Scotland Women fly the flag of women’s rugby on behalf of Clubs and University teams in Scotland, both at home and abroad. Players will be selected from a tiered trials programme carried out by the SWRU. The emphasis for 08-09 season is based on the RWC 2010 qualification and preparation.
Scotland Women will be undertaking the challenge of the following competitions this season;

" Autumn International - Nov 2008
" RBS 6Nations - 2009
" European Cup - May 2009 (to be confirmed by IRB / FIRA)


Scotland Women Development is intended to provide the strength in depth on which Scotland’s international performance will depend in the build up to the Rugby World Cups in 2010 / 2014 and the annual 6 Nations Competition. Players will be selected in the same way as Scotland Women, from a tiered trials programme.

Scotland Women Development will be competing in the following fixtures:
" Scotland Women Development v British Army, Feb 09
" Scotland Women Development v France A. TBC Feb 09
" Scotland Women Development / Academy v British Police, Mar 09


The SWRU Academy is intended to provide an opportunity to support talented young players in Scotland, including Scottish Students and those players who have turned 17yrs of age but are not quite ready for the Scotland Women Development / Scotland Women programmes.

It is hoped that through a programme of individual player support and regular training, the skills and fitness levels will be raised. It is envisaged that the average age of players in the SWRU Academy will be around 19years, with a high proportion of the players being drawn from Universities in Scotland. Players will be given a 3 year performance plan. They will be expected to progress within the SWRU performance programmes within this 3 year period. The SWRU Academy is the primary entry route into performance rugby for University players.


The SWRU U18 Pathway Programme has been developed to support two U18 squads for 2008. The squads were selected in July 08, and are currently training / competing over the Summer months with the programme coming to an end in Oct 08.

Those players from the U18 Pathway squads who are 17yrs will be offered the opportunity to trial for the SWRU Academy in Jan 09. The U18 Pathway squads are based around the Long Term Player Development principles, with the aim of identifying and nurturing talented young rugby players for the 2014/2018 Rugby World Cups. The two squads comprise of 26 players in each squad; with one squad based in the South-East of Scotland and the other based in Central Scotland.

The minimum age for SWRU Youth Talent I.D and player development is 15yrs old, the age range of the youth squad is 3 years to reduce the risks of injury to the younger players and to enable the coaching team to provide more focused support.

REGISTRATION FORM (If you are unable to download the application form simply copy, paste and complete the information below into a word document and return to (by 5 November) to: Kirsty Briggs, Scottish Rugby Union, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ.

Date of Birth:
Contact Address:
Post Code:
Your mobile number:
Emergency contact number:
Email address:
Preferred Position 1:
Preferred Position 2:
Current Student: Yes o No o
If Yes School/College/University:
Please indicate Qualification to play for Scotland:
Born in Scotland: o
Place of Birth:
Parent/Grandparent born in Scotland: o
Permanent Residency: (3yrs+) o
Have not played Rep rugby for another country: o
Other Nationality: