Women's squad announced for 6 Nations

The Scotland Women squad for the 2015 6 Nations includes a mix of experience and relatively newer faces, with a number of players having worked their way through the age grades and progressed from Scotland Women under-20.

Worcester prop Tracy Balmer captains the squad again, lining up in the front row alongside 71-times capped Heather Lockhart while back row Rachael Cook – who hails from Larbert Academy and was part of the Scotland Women under-20 side who defeated Finland two years ago – will be looking to add to her five caps won last season.

In the backs, stand-off Lisa Martin – who secured the first of her 19 caps as replacement for Scotland's most capped player, Donna Kennedy, during the latter's final match at the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup – is joined by Selkirk-born winger Mhairi Grieve [pictured above], who made her international debut in the away warm-up match against Italy in autumn 2014.

Looking to make their international debuts this season will be outside centre Nuala Deans (Wasps), flanker Jude Telford (Murrayfield Wanderers) and fullback Chloe Rollie (Melrose), the latter who has progressed through schools and youth teams.

Head coach Jules Maxton said: ""We've named a squad that's an exciting mix of experience and youth.

"The first few months of our season have seen us play Italy away – a valuable experience – stage a number of camps and take part in a training game with the Nomads.

"All our preparations have gone well and the build-up to the 6 Nations concludes with a camp at the end of this month, before our opening game, away against France.”

The 2014/15 Scotland Women international programme kicked off in early August with a four-day training camp, a two-day camp in September and a three-day camp in October which included a friendly at BT Murrayfield against an Irish Exiles side, won 49-0 by the home side. A second Autumn friendly, away against Italy, took place on Sunday 23 November, backed up with training camps at either end of January.

The sharp end of the senior Scotland Women's season begins in February (Saturday 7, kick-off 2pm local) in France with their opening match of the 2015 6 Nations, before returning to a new home base in central Scotland.

Following the away opener, the Scots then have two home fixtures, against Wales (Saturday 14 February, kick-off 5pm) and Italy (Sunday 1 March, kick-off 1pm) at the central location of Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld. The home of Clyde FC, with its synthetic surface, hosted the men's and women's annual club finals day earlier this season while the pitch at BT Murrayfield was under renovation.

Scotland's remaining away match is against World Cup winners England, at the Northern Echo Arena in Darlington (Friday 13 March, kick-off 7.35pm) and is the second of a double-header at the stadium that evening, preceded by the under-20 international fixture between Scotland and England.

Finally Scotland return to Broadwood, where they're at home to Ireland on Sunday 22 March (kick-off 1pm).

Scotland Women 6 Nations squad 2015
 
Forwards
Karen Dunbar                                     RHC Cougars
Deborah McCormack                         Richmond
Rachael Cook                                    Murrayfield Wanderers
Heather Lockhart                               Hillhead Jordanhill
Sarah Quick                                       Murrayfield Wanderers
Emma Wassell                                   Murrayfield Wanderers
Lisa Robertson                                   Murrayfield Wanderers
Lana Skeldon                                     Melrose
Christianne Fahey                              Murrayfield Wanderers
Lyndsay O'Donnell                             Worcester
Fiona Sim                                           Saracens
Tracy Balmer                                      Worcester
Jade Konkel                                        Hillhead Jordanhill
Lindsey Smith                                     Hillhead Jordanhill
Bridget Millar-Mills                              Waterloo
Jude Telford                                        Murrayfield Wanderers
 
Backs
Lisa Martin                                         Murrayfield Wanderers
Gillian Inglis                                       Melrose
Nuala Deans                                     Wasps
Emma McBride                                 Hillhead Jordanhill
Claire Bain                                        RHC Cougars
Sarah Law                                         Murrayfield Wanderers
Chloe Rollie                                       Melrose
Eilidh Sinclair                                     Murrayfield Wanderers
Jenny Maxwell                                   Lichfield
Abi Evans                                          Northumbria University
Mhairi Grieve                                     RHC Cougars
Hannah Smith                                    Hillhead Jordanhill
Hannah Sloan                                    Stewartry

6N 2015 fixtures
Saturday 7 February: France Women v Scotland Women, Stade Henri Desgranges, La Roche sur Yon (kick-off 2pm local)
Saturday 14 February: Scotland Women v Wales Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 5pm) – Adult tickets £5, concessions FREE
Sunday 1 March: Scotland Women v Italy Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 1pm) – Adult tickets £5, concessions FREE
Friday 13 March: England Women v Scotland Women, Northern Echo Arena, Darlington (kick-off 7.35pm)
Sunday 22 March: Scotland Women v Ireland Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 1pm) – Adult tickets £5, concessions FREE