Scotland Women take their Autumn Test series to South Africa
With the success of the Autumn Tests in 2018, Scotland Women are expanding their experience by playing two away Tests in South Africa.
They will play two Test matches at the City Park Sports Grounds in Athlone on Monday 30 September and Saturday 5 October 2019.
This will be the first Test match for the Springbok Women on home soil in six years.
Gemma Fay Head of Women and Girls rugby said, “We are really excited to take the Scotland Women squad over to South Africa. The Autumn Test series last year was the perfect platform to challenge the team ahead of the Six Nations.
“These two Tests will help to push the squad and prepare them ahead of 2020 Six Nations and the Women’s Rugby World Cup qualification matches.
“South Africa currently sit at eleventh in the world rankings with Scotland one place behind so it should be two exciting matches in Athlone.”
Springbok Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer said, “This is fantastic news for our team and supporters, not only because we are facing one of the Women’s Six Nations teams, but also because we will be able to do so in front of our home crowd.
“Most of our games over the years have been abroad, so it will be special to experience the support from family, friends and SA’s die-hard rugby fans first hand when we take to the field.”
Raubenheimer spoke highly of Scotland, who completed their Women’s Six Nations campaign last month, saying: “Scotland are a quality side who are regulars in the international arena. This will also mark their first visit to South Africa, which will inspire them to make a big statement.”
Photo caption: Scotland Women playing Canada in the 2018 Autumn Test series