Captain'S Blog: Susie And The Squad Set For Wales

Scotland captain, Susie Brown, updates supporters on Scotland's visit to Viry-Chatillon last weekend and looks forward to heading west to take on Wales on Sunday (kick-off 2pm at Burnbrae)


Susie in action in France last Saturday 

“After the disappointment of a big defeat in France we have had a quick turnaround to the get prepared for the match against Wales.

We arrived in France along with the national squad, the under-20s and the club internationalists – that was an awful lot of navy and an awful lot of Scotland kit in one place! It gave me a chance to catch up briefly with Al Kellock and wish the squad all the very best for their match in the Stade de France.

The French were a quality side who played at a pace that we were unable to handle. It was a stiff lessoned learned for our squad and we will use the experience to improve. The French lived up to their reputations as excellent hosts with the match attracting a large crowd and a dinner which seemed to have the whole town in attendance. On my return to work, colleagues asked if I got to see much of Paris – the Louvre, a stroll down the Champs Elysees or a quick visit to Notre Dame perhaps? As these trips are all about the rugby we saw an airport, our hotel and a rugby pitch. I was able to catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in the distance, though, as we headed to the airport for our flight home.

Looking ahead to the Wales match, I am thrilled to be playing in Glasgow, which is a home from home for me. Born and bred in Edinburgh, I left the eastern shores to study in the west and completed my undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications there after falling in love with the city and the people.

There are some changes to the side that took on France with Lindsey Smith – a Glasgow resident – Annabel Sergeant and Charlie Veale promoted to the starting 15 for the first time and Jemma Forsyth, who plays her club rugby with local side Hiilhead/Jordanhill, named on the bench for the first time.  Wales put in a good performance against the English in very muddy and windy conditions and are always a handful. We are very much looking forward to the challenge they pose as they have a strong scrum with lots of pace behind it.

Get yourselves down to Burnbrae on Sunday at 2pm in your Scotland colours – entry is free!”