With less than three days to go before Scotland take on Canada, in the first fixture of the Women's Rugby World Cup 2010, captain Lynne Reid and head coach Gary Parker broke from their training schedule to join their counterparts from the other eleven competing nations for the official launch of the tournament tonight, by London's Tower Bridge.
Having also participated in the previous World Cup - held in 2006 in Edmonton, Canada - Lynne was well placed to gauge the rise in interest in the event this time around.
She said: "You can see how important and how much the women's game has progressed both in the increase in media interest and in player performances."
Listen to Lynne's thoughts about Friday's fixture:
The Women's Rugby World Cup in Surrey runs from 16 August to 5 September. Scotland's second match, against France on 24 August, will be shown live on SKY Sports and streamed live on the IRB web site.
Scotland Women 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 RUGBY WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
Friday 20 August Canada v Scotland (kick-off: 12noon)
Tuesday 24 August France v Scotland (kick-off: 2pm) Live on SKY Sports and the IRB web site
Saturday 28 August Scotland v Sweden (kick-off: 12noon)
All Pool games will be played at Surrey Sports Park.
Rugby fans who buy tickets for the WRWC 2010 will automatically be put onto a ticketing information list for the Rugby World Cup in 2015 to be hosted in England. For more information on tickets, please go to: www.rwcwomens.com