Fresh talent & experience for opener against Ireland Women
Scotland Women Head Coach Shade Munro has named his side to play Ireland in the opening game of the Women's Six Nations on Friday 3 February (kick-off 6.35pm) - live on Scottish Rugby TV. Captain Lisa Martin will start at inside centre alongside powerful new-comer Lisa Thomson, who made her debut in last year's opening match against England, at outside centre.There is speed in the backs in the form of Murrayfield Wanderers full-back Chloe Rollie and Edinburgh University wingers Megan Gaffney and Rhona Lloyd, the latter also making her debut in the opening game of last year's campaign.The midfield is completed by Murrayfield Wanderers teammates Sarah Law at scrum-half, who started her international career in 2013, and Helen Nelson at stand-off who was named player of the match on her first start for Scotland against Spain last autumn.This blend of experience and fresh talent runs throughout the squad with Rachel Malcom making her first start for Scotland in the front-row following two caps from the bench against Spain. She is joined by props Tracy Balmer, on 38 caps, and Lindsey Smith, 32 caps.In the second-row, Emma Wassell and Deborah McCormack have locked in their positions for the 19th consecutive test following their debut in the opening 2014 Six Nations match versus Ireland.With two caps under her belt against Spain last November, flanker Louise McMillan is selected alongside RHC Cougar's Karen Dunbar on the opposite flank with 16 caps.Scottish Rugby's first full-time female player Jade Konkel returns from injury, which saw her side-lined during the Rugby World Cup qualifiers in autumn, to reclaim the No. 8 jersey.Konkel is one of 11 BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy players selected to play against Ireland, including Lucy Park and Eilidh Sinclair who are named on the bench.Head Coach Shade Munro said: "The squad have been working hard in the lead up to this year's Women's Six Nations.Ireland first up is going to be a challenge, but we are focused on getting off on a positive note and improving our performances with every match."It's great to open our campaign at Broadwood Stadium - the artificial surface should allow for some fast-paced action - and we're hoping for a big turnout of support as it gives the players a boost."In terms of the squad, it's great to see new players pushing for places while our leaders are continuing to step up and show what it takes to be a high-performance athlete."I'm looking forward to seeing the group move forward and rise to the challenge and opportunity the Six Nations poses."Scotland Women and Scotland U20 are once again making Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld their home with double-headers against Ireland, Wales and Italy on Friday evenings ahead of Scotland's RBS 6 Nations matches.Adult tickets are£10 (valid for both matches) and available HERE. Senior citizens, U18s and Scotland Season Pass holders go free.Scottish Rugby TV will show the game live and provide highlights, following Six Nations' commitment to all women's games being shown live on TV or online. A highlights package from all the Women's Six Nations matches on each respective weekend will also be aired on BBC on Sunday nights. Scotland Women team to play Ireland Women at Broadwood Stadium, CumbernauldFriday 3 February (kick-off 6.35pm) - live on Scottish Rugby TV 15. Chloe Rollie* (Murrayfield Wanderers) - 12 caps 14. Megan Gaffney (Edinburgh University) - 20 caps13. Lisa Thomson* (Edinburgh University) - 7 caps12. Lisa Martin* CAPTAIN (Murrayfield Wanderers) - 32 caps11. Rhona Lloyd* (Edinburgh University) - 7 caps 10. Helen Nelson* (Murrayfield Wanderers) - 4 caps9. Sarah Law* (Murrayfield Wanderers/Edinburgh University) - 25 caps 1. Tracy Balmer (Worcester) - 38 caps2. Rachel Malcolm (Lichfield) - 2 caps3. Lindsey Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill) - 32 caps4. Emma Wassell* (Murrayfield Wanderers) - 18 caps5. Deborah McCormack (Aylesford Bulls) - 18 caps6. Karen Dunbar* (RHC Cougars) - 16 caps7. Louise McMillan* (Hillhead Jordanhill) - 2 caps8. Jade Konkel** (Hillhead Jordanhill) - 23 caps Replacements16. Lucy Park* (Murrayfield Wanderers) - 1 cap17. Heather Lockhart (Hillhead Jordanhill) - 84 caps18. Katie Dougan (Edinburgh University) - 4 caps19. Sarah Bonar (Lichfield) - 2 caps20. Jemma Forsyth (Hillhead Jordanhill) - 17 caps21. Jenny Maxwell (Lichfield) - 10 caps22. Lauren Harris (Melrose) - 17 caps23. Eilidh Sinclair* (Murrayfield Wanderers) - 13 caps * BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 2 player 2016/17** BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 player 2016/17 Scotland Women 2017 Six Nations FixturesFriday 3 February - Scotland Women v Ireland Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 6.35pm)Saturday 11 February - France Women v Scotland Women, Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle (kick-off 9pm local/8pm GMT)Friday 24 February - Scotland Women v Wales Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 6.30pm)Saturday 11 March - England Women v Scotland Women, TheTwickenham Stoop (kick-off 1pm)Friday 17 March - Scotland Women v Italy Women, Broadwood Stadium (kick-off 6.30pm)Tickets to Scotland Women's home games are available HERE.