Scotland Women take on Spain ahead of 2018 Six Nations

Scotland Women will play their first match of 2018 against Spain at Scotstoun next month (Sunday 21 January, kick-off 1pm TBC).

Tickets on sale from Thursday 28 December (2pm) at www.scottishrugby.org, priced from £10.50 for adults and £5.25 for concessions.

The game offers the team a chance to prepare against strong opposition ahead of their opening Women’s Six Nations match away to Wales two weeks later (Friday 2 February, kick-off 6pm).

A Scotland Women XV ran out convincing winners (24-5) in an uncapped international in Madrid in November, with tries coming from Rhona Lloyd, Lisa Thomson, Deborah McCormack and Hannah Smith.

The last time the sides met in a full international, however, Spain came out narrowly on top, across two legs, clinching their spot in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Scotland Women Head Coach, Shade Munro, said: “The opportunity for Scotland Women to play a higher-ranked team ahead of the Women’s Six Nations is ideal.

“It will be just over a year since our World Cup qualifier against Spain so this will be a great opportunity not only for us to show how far the team has come in the past 12 months but also for individual players to put their hands up for the future.

“Spain will be at full strength, with the return of all of their sevens players, and will be a different proposition to the side we faced in November.”

The Spain match gives Scotland Women the chance to make Scotstoun a home for the side ahead of the Women’s Six Nations championship.

The squad enjoyed their best ever result in the tournament last year with home wins against Wales and Italy lifting them to fourth in the table.

Scotland Women will host France at Scotstoun on Saturday 10 February (kick-off 7.05pm) before welcoming England in the next round on Friday 23 February (kick-off 7.05pm).

They kick-off their campaign in Wales before finishing the tournament with trips to Ireland and Italy in the final two rounds.

Tickets for Scotland Women’s Six Nations matches versus France and England can be found here.

Scotland Women fixtures

Saturday 21 January: Scotland Women v Spain Women, Scotstoun (kick-off 1pm TBC)

Scotland Women 2018 Six Nations fixtures

Friday 2 February: Wales v Scotland; Parc Eirias (kick-off 6pm)
Saturday 10 February: Scotland v France; Scotstoun (kick-off 7.05pm)
Friday 23 February: Scotland v England; Scotstoun (kick-off 7.05pm)
Sunday 11 March: Ireland v Scotland; Donnybrook (kick-off 1pm)
Sunday 18 March Italy v Scotland; Stadio Plebiscito (kick-off 2pm)