Easson names Scotland squad for Japan test
Scotland Women Head Coach Bryan Easson has today named a 26-player squad for the upcoming Autumn Test against Japan at the DAM Health Stadium (Sunday 14 November, kick-off 4.10pm) – live on BBC ALBA.
Edinburgh University quartet Shona Campbell, Meryl Smith, Anne Young and Holly McIntyre could make their Scotland debuts this month, while Worcester Warriors second-row Lyndsay O’Donnell returns to the fold, having last played for Scotland during the 2017 Six Nations championship.
Easson said: “The upcoming Autumn Test against Japan is a great opportunity for us to learn from our experience in the Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe Qualifiers.
“Japan have recently qualified for the Rugby World Cup as the highest ranked team in the Asia qualification process so this will be an ideal test for us as it exposes us to a different opponent and playing style ahead of our final qualification tournament next year.
"The players are also excited to run out in front of a home crowd for the first time since 2019, especially as they've played mostly behind closed doors for the past 18 months. We've all hugely missed having crowds so it'll be fantastic to have supporters along at the DAM Health Stadium to cheer the players on."
Scotland’s last encounter against the Brave Blossoms was in November 2019, which was also the last match they played in front of a home crowd, with Japan taking the spoils that day with a 20-24 win.
Easson’s squad recently kept their World Cup ambitions in sight following two back-to-back wins against Spain and Ireland during the Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe Qualifiers in Parma.
The side’s recent success has also seen them rise to an all-time high of ninth in the Women’s World Rugby rankings.
Tickets for Scotland Women v Japan Women are on sale now HERE. Kids for £1 tickets are available with a paying adult, at £12, and U18s go for £5.
Scotland Women squad for the 2021 Autumn Test against Japan
Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning) – 10 caps
Christine Belisle (Loughborough Lightning) – 10 caps
Sarah Bonar (Harlequins) – 24 caps
Lisa Cockburn (Darlington Mowden Park) – 21 caps
Evie Gallagher (Stirling County) – 6 caps
Jade Konkel (Harlequins) – 47 caps
Rachel Malcolm (Loughborough Lightning) – 22 caps
Rachel McLachlan (Sale Sharks) – 22 caps
Louise McMillan (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 29 caps
Lyndsay O’Donnell (Worcester Warriors) – 15 caps
Lana Skeldon (Worcester Warriors) – 46 caps
Emma Wassell (Loughborough Lightning) – 50 caps
Molly Wright (Watsonians) – 8 caps
Anne Young (Edinburgh University) – uncapped
Shona Campbell (Edinburgh University) – uncapped
Megan Gaffney (Loughborough Lightning) – 37 caps
Sarah Law (Sale Sharks) – 46 caps
Rhona Lloyd (Les Lionnes du Stade Bordelais) – 31 caps
Jenny Maxwell (Loughborough Lightning) – 35 caps
Holly McIntyre (Edinburgh University) – uncapped
Helen Nelson (Loughborough Lightning) – 35 caps
Chloe Rollie (Exeter Chiefs) – 43 caps
Hannah Smith (Watsonians) – 29 caps
Meryl Smith (Edinburgh University) - uncapped
Lisa Thomson (Sale Sharks) – 38 caps
Evie Wills (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 1 cap