Scotland Women meet their Spanish counterparts under the Scotstoun Stadium floodlights, with a place in the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 at stake. Kick-off is at 7.35pm, tickets are available online and also on the night.
Tonight’s fixture is the first of two matches between the nations over the next 8 days, a double-header to determine who will be among the 12 teams competing for the World Cup in Ireland next August. The second leg takes place in Madrid on Saturday 26th November.
Scotland played Spain last year in a non-capped fixture, which Scotland won 34-10 to round off a ten-day training camp in Valladolid, Spain. However Spain will go into this World Cup qualifying match-up in confident mood after, their victory in the Rugby Europe Women’s Championship last month, defeating the Netherlands 35-7 in the final, having set up the showdown with Scotland. Spain also have the form book on their side, currently ranked ninth in the World Rugby rankings compared to Scotland who are thirteenth.
In the lead up to the match Scotland Women Head Coach Shade Munro said: “Our players have been working extremely hard in preparation for the qualifiers. The prize at stake is massive and it would be great to have a big home crowd behind us at Scotstoun.
“Spain played an extremely exciting brand of rugby in winning the Rugby Europe competition against a very well organised and talented Netherlands team, so it goes without saying we are expecting a very difficult game but one we are definitely up for and hugely looking forward to.”
Murrayfield Wanderers’ Lisa Martin will start at inside centre and captain the side which includes four new caps in the squad. Hillhead Jordanhill’s Louise McMillan will start at flanker, while Murrayfield Wanderers prop Lucy Park and Lichfield team mates Sarah Bonar and Rachel Malcolm could also make their debuts off the bench. Full squad below.
Can Scotland Women take an all-important advantage into the return fixture in Spain on Saturday week? All rugby roads lead to Scotstoun Stadium tonight to find out – your team needs you on their march to the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017!
Ones to watch: The aforementioned Louise McMillan at No.7 will be itching to make an impact on the Spanish forward on her debut and Murrayfield Wanderers Helen Nelson, playing at fly-half, will be key as she pulls the strings in the Scottish backs.
Turnstiles open at 6pm.
Kick-off is at 7.35pm.
Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
Tickets available on the day via the Scotstoun Ticket Office priced: Adults £5/U18s free.
Scotland Team in full:
15. Chloe Rollie* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 10 caps
14. Megan Gaffney (Edinburgh University) – 18 caps
13. Lisa Thomson* (Edinburgh University) – 5 caps
12. Lisa Martin* CAPTAIN (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 30 caps
11. Rhona Lloyd* (Edinburgh University) -5 caps
10. Helen Nelson* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 2 caps
9. Sarah Law* (Murrayfield Wanderers/Edinburgh University) – 22 caps
1. Heather Lockhart (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 82 caps
2. Lana Skeldon (HillHead Jordanhill) – 15 caps
3. Tracey Balmer (Worcester) – 36 caps
4. Emma Wassell* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 16 caps
5. Deborah McCormack (Aylesford Bulls) – 16 caps
6. Jemma Forsyth (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 15 caps
7. Louise McMillan* (Hillhead Jordanhill) – uncapped
8. Karen Dunbar* (RHC Cougars) – 14 caps
16. Lucy Park* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – uncapped
17. Lindsey Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill) – 30 caps
18. Katie Dougan (Edinburgh University) – 2 caps
19. Sarah Bonar (Lichfield) – uncapped
20. Rachel Malcolm (Lichfield) – uncapped
21. Lyndsay O’Donnell (Worcester) – 10 caps
22. Jenny Maxwell (Lichfield) – 8 caps
23. Eilidh Sinclair* (Murrayfield Wanderers) – 11 caps
* BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 2 players 2016-17
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