🏉 International rugby union returns to Scotstoun Stadium with the Scotland Women Autumn Tests taking centre stage over successive Sundays. Japan are the visitors this afternoon for a 1pm kick-off and tickets are available.
Scotland Women expanded their Autumn Test Series to incorporate two further fixtures on home soil after returning from a first ever tour South Africa.
Philip Doyle’s squad faced Wales last Sunday, who followed up their win over Ireland with an impressive 17-3 win over their Scottish hosts.
This afternoon Scotland look to bounce back with a win over Japan that will put them in a positive frame of mind for some big encounters to come next year. In 2020 Scotland will welcome England and France to Scotstoun in the Women’s Six Nations and also embark on qualification for the 2021 World Cup – full of confidence.
Head of Women and Girls Rugby at Scottish Rugby, Gemma Fay, commented ahead of the series: “It was fantastic to be able to introduce an Autumn Test series for Scotland Women in 2018. It was part of a wider strategy that we have in place to expose our players to more international experience and different styles of play. The opportunity to continue and expand this in 2019 will be key for us looking forward to World Cup qualification in 2020.”
On the match against Wales Fay said: “It will be great to welcome back Wales to Scotland following the closely fought match at the 2019 Six Nations at Scotstoun.” And looking ahead to the match against Japan, added: “We are delighted to be able to welcome the Japanese Women’s rugby team to Scotland so soon after Scotland Men return from the World Cup in Japan. This will be the first time in a year and a half that Scotland Women have played at Scotstoun on a weekend afternoon, so we hope that we can encourage fans from right across the country to come and support us in these fixtures.”
Can Scotland (see below for full squad) get off to a winning start against their Celtic rivals? All rugby roads lead to Scotstoun Stadium to find out – your team needs you on their march to the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021!
🏉 Kick-off is at 3.10pm for Scotland v Wales (17 November) and 1pm for Scotland v Japan (24 November)
🎟️ Tickets in advance for the Scotland Women Autumn Tests are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🎟️ Tickets on the day subject to availability. Checking the Scottish Rugby Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: Public transport is recommended as there is no public parking on a matchday at Scotstoun Stadium. Scotstounhill railway station is a 10 minute walk from the north-west entrance to Scotstoun. The station is on the Argyle and North Clydelines, with regular services to and from Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street and Partick stations for all local and national connections, including SPT Bus and Subway hubs.
Scotland Women Autumn Tests squad:-
Christine Belisle (Cartha Queens Park)
Sarah Bonar (Loughborough Lightning)
Lisa Cockburn (Darlington Mowden Park)
Mairi Forsyth (Corstorphine Cougars)
Evie Gallagher (Edinburgh University)
Megan Kennedy (Stirling County RFC)
Jade Konkel (Harlequins)
Rachel Malcolm – CAPTAIN (Loughborough Lightning)
Rachel McLachlan (Darlington Mowden Park)
Louise McMillan (Hillhead Jordanhill)
Panashe Muzambe (Edinburgh University / Watsonians)
Jodie Rettie (Saracens)
Emma Wassell (Corstorphine Cougars)
Sarah Denholm (Edinburgh University)
Abi Evans (Darlington Mowden Park)
Megan Gaffney (Watsonians)
Mhairi Grieve (Waterloo Firwood)
Rhona Lloyd (Loughborough Lightning)
Lisa Martin (Saracens)
Jenny Maxwell (Loughborough Lightning)
Helen Nelson – VICE-CAPTAIN (Loughborough Lightning)
Chloe Rollie (Harlequin)
Lisa Thomson (Darlington Mowden Park)
Evie Tonkin (Darlin