International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

Today Scottish Rugby marks International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating women around the world, by sharing stories from the community game in Scotland.

Rugby is one of the fastest-growing team sports in the world for women and girls; whether you’re tall or short, powerful or fast, no matter what age – rugby is a game for everyone.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Choose to Challenge’. Scottish Rugby spoke with representatives from six clubs across Scotland to find about how they choose to challenge.

Follow the links below to read about how women and girls in rugby have continued to thrive in the face of adversity, and a global pandemic.

Cartha Queens Park

Despite the pandemic, Cartha QP Women became the first club in generations to establish a second competitive women's team last year.

Dundee Valkyries

Inspired by the warriors from Norse mythology, find out more about the Dundee Valkyries, as they bring women's club rugby back to the city.


With a number of popular girls’ sports forced to shut down last summer, find out how Duns Rugby Club were able to capitalise on this unique opportunity and create a brand-new pathway for girls.


The development of women and girls rugby in the north-east of Scotland is on an upwards trajectory. Hear from Turriff co-President Lyndsey Hester, who shares the club’s journey to competitive rugby.

Meet Trish Wallace: Garnock

Hear from Trish Wallace, a trailblazer in the game, as Garnock Rugby Club’s President, the first female to hold the post.

Meet Dana MacDonald: Fraserburgh

From being founded in 2014 to now boasting senior team for men and women and youth pathways, hear from recently elected club President, Dana Macdonald at Fraserburgh Rugby Club.

Scotland Women

The national team are currently preparing for the ‘new look’ 2021 Women’s Six Nations next month when they face Italy and England in their pool. Look out for fixture information and details on how you can support the team from home in the coming weeks on

From the first international in 1993 to Grand Slam success in 1998, learn about the early years of Scotland’s national women’s team in our long read.

Powering Conversation with SP Energy Networks

Watch our latest episode of Powering Conversation, featuring Scottish Rugby Past President, Dee Bradbury. The video series highlights the inspirational stories of females in sports, hosted by Scotland captain, Rachel Malcolm. Previous guests include Jade Konkel, Samantha Kinghorn and Donna Kennedy.


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Referee Webinar

Hear from Scottish Rugby Referee Hollie Davidson alongside leading referees from around the world on this Rugby Australia webinar, which discusses their pathways to the elite level.

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International Women's Day

Show us how you are marking #IWD2021 by tagging us on social media @Scotlandteam and using the hashtag #AsOne.


If you are interested in getting involved in rugby, as a player, coach, referee or club volunteer, find out more in our Clubs & Schools section of the website.

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