Your chance to play international rugby

Do you want to represent your country against the cream of young players from the rest of the British Isles?

That’s the opportunity for teenage girls as part of the Sainsbury School Games.

On Sunday 22 June, an open trial for selection for the U19s Scotland Girls’ 7s team to compete in the Sainsbury School Games will be held at BT Murrayfield Stadium.

The trial is open to all girls born between January 1, 1996 and June 22, 1997.

A squad of 16 players will be chosen to be in contention for the match-day squad of 12. The tournament is a league based structure with a round-robin style event on the first day and a number of play-off games the following day. Ireland, Scotland and 2 Welsh teams compete with a number of counties in England.

The games will take place on 4-7 September in Manchester.

Chris Reid will be the coach for the team and he is already very excited about the women’s game in Scotland. Chris hopes to get a large number of players along to the event in a bid to find pockets of talent across the country.

He explained: 

‘’Last year seven of our players gained a place in the Scotland under-20 squad as a result of these games, and Emily Irving, Rachael Cook and Emma Wassell went on to win full international caps as well.’’

Reid is also happy with the commitment and work ethic shown by players in the past. ‘’Caitlin Harvey travelled to all the sessions last year from Caithness. She didn’t get into the Sainsbury’s Games squad last year, but stuck in and earned a place in the under 20s.’’

‘’These sessions are a great opportunity to give feedback to coaches and players and hopefully find some talented players who can perform well at the Games later this year,’’ he added.

Criteria for selection:

A player will be eligible to compete if they fulfil the following criteria: 

  • Permanent residency in Scotland or temporary residency in Scotland to attend institution: (i.e. living away from home to attend school/college)
  • Must be born between 1 January 1996 – 22 June 1997
  • Selection into the team automatically makes the player a member of Scottish Rugby and therefore bound by its rules and regulation for the period of the tournament.
  • All selected players must commit to the agreed preparation programme. 

Entry forms are available here. For any further queries, please contact Asti Farrell by email at [email protected]