Isle Be Seeing You

Fresh from their recent Rugby World Cup, Scotland Women will feature during BBC ALBA's live coverage of this Friday's (17 September) Ulster v Edinbugh Magners league fixture.

The programme, which begins at 8pm, includes a feature on hooker, native Gaelic speaker and serving police officer Alison Macdonald, on her route into rugby from her home on the Hebridean isle of Uist, her preparation for the tournament and how she fits an international training regime into her shift work with the police force.


As with the rest of her team mates, Alison has a full time job in addition to her commitments as a Scotland international rugby player.

Says Alison: "I've been really lucky as my sergeant, inspector, superintendent and chief inspector have been really supportive. They've been really good about letting me arrange my time off to ensure I can train whenever possible and let me take some additional days to include in the three weeks holiday I took for the World Cup, as I was representing my country."

Pulling on the Scotland shirt and playing in the tournament was, says Alison, a fantastic experience. "I've been in and out of the squad over the last three years, since my first cap against Canada, and it was great to get my first start in the Scotland jersey at the World Cup. It made everything worthwhile and I'm really looking forward to the new season."

Looking forward to this Friday's BBC ALBA coverage, meanwhile, are many members of the Macdonald family back home in Uist, particularly, "My gran! Since I started playing at international level, she's become a great rugby fan - and, of course, she'll give me a critical analysis of the interview, to see if all my Gaelic grammar was correct!"

Alison and the Scotland team at Rugby World Cup 2010

Meanwhile open trials for places in the senior performance programme – for a Scotland Women squad of 35 – for the new season will take place at Murrayfield on Saturday 18 September 2010.

Trialists must be aged 18 by 1 January 2011. Registration will be at 10am at Murrayfield; the day will include skills sessions, training, fitness and a match, and should conclude by 4pm.For further information click here