Scotland back at Scotstoun!
Scotland host France this weekend at Scotstoun, Glasgow for their third match of the Women’s Six Nations.
The match comes after a break in fixtures for Scotland due to the third-round match against Italy being postponed over fears around the coronavirus in Italy.
Tomorrow's (Saturday) fixture is available to watch on BBC Alba and you can also visit scottishrugby.org for in-game updates straight from the pitch in Glasgow. Tickets are also still available including the kids for £1 offer (with a paying adult, ends midnight before each match). BUY NOW.
The team to face France for the fixture was announced on Friday online.
France currently sit fourth in the World Rugby rankings with Scotland at 11th.
Head Coach Philip Doyle said on the fixture: “We are under no illusion that this is going to be a tough challenge playing against France. The squad are in a really good place though and are just eager to get on the field and focus on the match ahead.
“We are in a fortunate position to have no new injuries, so we didn’t feel the need to change the team at all following the selection for Italy.”
“Following the postponement of the Italy match, they are all just really looking forward to playing on Saturday and are feeling fresh after the break.”
The Italy match was the second match of the campaign to be postponed for Scotland after Storm Ciara forced the Scotland v England match to be played a day later at BT Murrayfield,
Skipper Rachel Malcolm spoke about the postponed Italy match and what it meant for the team.
She said: “We have obviously had a bit longer rest than we would have had if our match did go ahead so we have a really fresh squad who are just chomping at the bit to get going this week. Which is a positive.
"Obviously, we haven’t had that exposure to a Test match so we have upped the intensity in terms of contact in camp this week, which we wouldn’t always do in the build-up to a match. The girls are firing on all cylinders and ready to go again so I think the break has done the girls good.
Asked if the postponements have brought the squad closer together, Malcolm said: “Yes 100%. Each of the disruptions that we have had along the way, the mentality has always just been straight onto the next job. I don’t think that anyone has really dwelled on the disruption and the team have been focussed on the next match.
"I would say that it has brought us closer together because everyone has reacted really professionally and done all of the right things in both of the situations that we have had, and I am really proud that the team has responded in this way." Rachel Malcolm
In terms of the Ireland and England matches that have been completed, Rachel said: “I think our defence, particularly in the first half against England was much improved on from the game against Ireland.
“I think the two games had two different strengths from them. Against Ireland, we attacked well bit we just didn’t necessarily convert when we were in the 22. Against England we showed what we can do in defence. I think going into France it is about bringing those two together but also when we have opportunities to try to convert them.”
International Women’s Day is celebrated on Sunday 8 March. We’re encouraging fans to support women in action over the weekend, as Scotland Women compete in the Women’s Six Nations against France and club competition fixtures played across the country. View upcoming fixtures online.
Tickets are available for tomorrow’s match against France (Sat 7 March, 7.45pm), including the kids for £1 offer (with a paying adult, ends midnight before each match). BUY NOW.