Scotland Women XV selected for Wales friendly

Scotland Women Head Coach Shade Munro has named his squad to face a Wales Women XV at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park (Saturday 29 October, kick-off 12noon). 

The non-capped match will give the Scots an opportunity to benchmark their progress as they prepare to play Spain in a two-legged Women’s Rugby World Cup qualifier next month.

As well as more game time for the squad, the Wales match will give new players valuable experience at international level.

Sisters Louise and Siobhan McMillan and Murrayfield Wanderers’ Lucy Park enter the fray having been involved in Scotland Women U20 last season.

Two talented athletes Sarah Bonar and Rachel Malcolm are called up to the squad and join their Lichfield club mate Jenny Maxwell, who has eight international caps to her name.

Nine BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy players also earn selection including the experienced back-row Karen Dunbar, lock Emma Wassell and captain Lisa Martin.

Lisa Thomson and Helen Nelson, also in the BT Sport Academy, retain a place in the squad after making their debuts in the 2016 Women’s Six Nations.

Murrayfield Wanderers centre Laura Steven, who has 36 Scotland Women caps, returns following a lengthy break due to injury. Bletchley Ladies centre Caroline Collie is also in the squad following caps in 2011 and 2012.

While this is a friendly, I’m expecting it to be a hard-fought encounter as the players stake a claim for a place in the squad for our Women’s Rugby World Cup qualifiers against Spain next month. - Shade Munro

He continued: “Wales will be our second competitive warm-up game, following our 24-5 win over Lichfield last month. It will provide a good benchmark on progress made and gives us an opportunity to look at new players and different combinations.

"I know the players are looking forward to the challenge in Cardiff and putting in a strong performance for the jersey, and each other, as we focus on securing a place at the World Cup.”

 

Scotland Women XV to play Wales Women XV at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday 29 September (kick-off 12noon)

 

Forwards 

Tracey Balmer (Worcester) – 35 caps

Sarah Bonar (Lichfield) - uncapped

Karen Dunbar* (RHC Cougars) – 14 caps

Jemma Forsyth (Hillhead/Jordanhill) – 15 caps

Heather Lockhart (Hillhead/Jordanhill) – 82 caps

Rachel Malcolm (Lichfield) - unacpped

Anna Stodter (Saracens) - 8 caps

Louise McMillan* (Hillhead/Jordanhill) - uncapped

Siobhan McMillan (Cartha Queens Park) - uncapped

Lucy Park* (Murrayfield Wanderers) - uncapped

Lana Skeldon (Hillh ead Jordanhill) – 15 caps

Fiona Sim (Aylesford Bulls) – 7 caps

Katie Dougan (Royal High Cougars) – 2 caps

Emma Wassell* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 16 caps

Lyndsay O’Donnell (Worcester) – 10 caps

 

Backs 

Caroline Collie (Bletchley Ladies) – 7 caps

Megan Gaffney (Edinburgh University) – 18 caps

Mairi MacDonald (Hillhead Jordanhill) - uncapped

Rhona Lloyd (Edinburgh University) – 5 caps

Laura Steven (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 36 caps

Lisa Martin* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 30 caps

Jenny Maxwell (Lichfield) – 8 caps

Helen Nelson* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 2 caps

Chloe Rollie* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 10 caps

Eilidh Sinclair* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 11 caps

Lisa Thomson* (Edinburgh University) – 5 caps

 

*BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Player