Reduced squad for October camp

An extended Scotland Women training squad gather next weekend (17 to 19 October) at BT Murrayfield in the continuing build-up to next year’s 6 Nations.

A mixture of experience – 70-times capped prop Heather Lockhart – and youth – in 18-year-old Abi Evans, who captained Scotland 7s girls in the recent Sainsbury School Games – the players will take on an Irish Exiles side on Saturday (18 October) as part of their development.

Head coach Jules Maxton said: “We’ve cut the squad from 36 to 28 based on players’ performance at camps in August and September. This three-day camp is our first opportunity to play as a squad this season, in a match, against the Irish Exiles.

“We’ve done a lot of strength and conditioning pre-season, setting the higher demands on our players in terms of conditioning, to make them stronger, faster and more able to compete physically in international rugby.”

Day one of the camp involves testing fitness levels before moving on to more tactical work to prepare for the training game on day two.

Maxton added: “With 28 players, it does allow me to look at different combinations and for us to try different things on the pitch.”

Analysis and recovery follows the next morning with the squad returning over the next few weeks for skills clinics prior to a friendly, away, to Italy in November.

“That will really bring us up to speed with the intensity earlier, before the 6 Nations, which we haven’t had previously. With three games prior to the tournament [a further fixture is planned] players will be able to experience what it takes to wear that jersey.

“Thereafter we’ll name our 6 Nations squad.”

 

Forwards

Karen Dunbar  (RHC Cougars)

Deborah McCormack (Richmond)

Tess Forsberg (Richmond)

Heather Lockhart  (Hillhead Jordanhill)

Lindsey Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill)

Sarah Quick (Murrayfield Wanderers)

Emma Wassell  (Murrayfield Wanderers)

Lisa Robertson  (Murrayfield Wanderers)

Lana Skeldon  (Melrose)

Christianne Fahey  (Murrayfield Wanderers)

Judith Telford   (Murrayfield Wanderers)

Lindsay O’Donnell  (Worcester)

Rachael Cook  (Murrayfield Wanderers)

Fiona Sim  (Saracens)

Tracy Balmer  (Worcester)

Jade Konkel (Hillhead Jordanhill)

 

 

Backs

 

Lisa Martin                                                                    Murrayfield Wanderers

Gillian Inglis                                                                  Melrose

Laura Steven                                                                Murrayfield Wanderers

Mhairi Grieve                                                               RHC Cougars

Harriet Cumber                                                          Murrayfield Wanderers

Claire Bain                                                                     RHC Cougars

Sarah Law                                                                       Murrayfield Wanderers

Eilidh Sinclair                                                               Murrayfield Wanderers

Leanne Neary                                                              RHC Cougars

Abigail Evans                                                                Northumbria University

Stephanie Johnston                                                Worcester

Hannah Sloan                                                              Stewarty