Scotland Women Face Ireland As World Cup Beckons

Scotland's preparations for the 2010 Women's World Cup in England ramp up on Sunday (18 July) as they take on Ireland in an uncapped international at Lasswade (kick-off 1pm, admission is free).

Having played South Africa in two home Test matches at the Bonnyrigg ground last month, the match is Scotland's final preparation fixture ahead of the flagship women's international competition, and the first since World Cup squad selection three weeks ago.

Scotland's preparations for the 2010 Women's World Cup in England ramp up on Sunday (18 July) as they take on Ireland in an uncapped international at Lasswade (kick-off 1pm, admission is free).

Having played South Africa in two home Test matches at the Bonnyrigg ground last month, the match is Scotland's final preparation fixture ahead of the flagship women's international competition, and the first since World Cup squad selection three weeks ago.

Head coach, Gary Parker, said: "This match has been set up as a training game of three half hours to give ourselves and the Irish one last chance to try out different combinations in a real game.

"It's another opportunity to put our training into practice against a team that doesn't know our calls or what lines players will run. We're looking to see how all these things work in a match environment which will offer a real insight to our progress."

Scotland Women's head coach Gary Parker

Having focused solely on World Cup preparations since the 6 Nations, Parker has been overwhelmed by the commitment shown by the players, all of whom have managed an increased skills and fitness programme along side their full-time occupations.

Scotland Women's prop Heather Lockhart

He added: "The girls are as committed as any player I've ever worked with. They've worked immensely hard, their dedication and attitude to extra sessions has seen their fitness go up another notch since the 6 Nations.

 

"I spent some time speaking to supporters after the South Africa games who had never watched a women's international before and they were really impressed by the standard and commitment of good quality rugby players desperate to play for their country."

The 2010 WRWC begins in August with Scotland drawn against France, Canada and Sweden in Pool C.

 

 

 

 

 

Scotland team to play Ireland at Lasswade on Sunday 18 July (kick-off 1pm) - admission is free

15 Nicola Halfpenny (Melrose)

14 Celia Hawthorn (Edinburgh University)
13 Lucy Millard (Team Northumbria)
12 Suzi Newton (Team Northumbria)
11 Lynsey Douglas (London Wasps)

10 Erin Kerr (London Wasps)
9 Sarah Gill (Murrayfield Wanderers)

1 Heather Lockhart (Hillhead / Jordanhill)
2 Sarah-Louise Walker (Watsonians)
3 Beth Dickens (Murrayfield Wanderers)
4 Louise Moffat (Murrayfield Wanderers)
5 Susannah Brown (Richmond)
6 Lynne Reid CAPTAIN (RHC Cougars)
7 Ruth Slaven (Murrayfield Wanderers)
8 Keri Holdsworth (Watsonians)

Substitutes
Donna Kennedy (Worcester), Rosalind Murphy (Edinburgh University), Gillian McCord (RHC Cougars), Alison Macdonald (RHC Cougars), Lindsay Wheeler (Darlington Mowden Sharks), Tess Forsberg (Murrayfield Wanderers), Stephanie Johnston (Hillhead / Jordanhill), Tanya Griffith (RHC Cougars), Louise Dalgliesh (RHC Cougars)

Scotland Women's Rugby World Cup squad
Alison Macdonald (RHC Cougars), Beth Dickens (Murrayfield Wanderers), Celia Hawthorn (Edinburgh University), Donna Kennedy (Worcester), Erin Kerr (London Wasps), Gillian McCord (RHC Cougars), Heather Lockhart (Hillhead / Jordanhill), Katy Green (Murrayfield Wanderers), Keri Holdsworth (Watsonians), Lindsay Wheeler (Darlington Mowden Sharks), Louise Dalgliesh (RHC Cougars), Louise Moffat (Murrayfield Wanderers), Lucy Millard (Team Northumbria), Lynne Reid (RHC Cougars), Lynsey Douglas (London Wasps), Nicola Halfpenny (Melrose), Rosalind Murphy (Edinburgh University), Ruth Slaven (Murrayfield Wanderers), Sarah Gill (Murrayfield Wanderers), Sarah-Louise Walker (Watsonians), Stephanie Johnston (Hillhead / Jordanhill), Susannah Brown (Richmond), Suzi Newton (Team Northumbria), Tess Forsberg (Murrayfield Wanderers), Tanya Griffith (RHC Cougars), Veronica Fitzpatrick (RHC Cougars)

Scotland Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool and Schedule
Pool C
(France, Canada, Scotland, Sweden)

Friday 20 August - Canada v Scotland (kick-off: 12noon)
Tuesday 24 August - France v Scotland (kick-off: 2pm)
Saturday 28 August - Scotland v Sweden (kick-off: 12noon)

All Pool games will be played at Surrey Sports Park