Scotland women's national rugby union team

The Scotland women's national rugby union team represents Scotland in women's international rugby union and is governed by the Scottish Rugby Union. The team competes in the annual Women's Six National Championship and has competed in five of the Women's Rugby World Cups since their hosted debut in 1994. The Nation plays an important role in the rugby world stage.

Scotland
Shirt badge/Association crest
UnionScottish Rugby Union
Head coachBryan Easson
CaptainRachel Malcolm
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current10 (as of 9 January 2023)
First international
 Scotland 10–0 Ireland 
(Raeburn Place 14 February 1993)
Biggest win
 Scotland 84–0 Russia 
(Enköping, Sweden 17 May 2009)
Biggest defeat
 England 89–0 Scotland 
(Twickenham, England 13 March 2011)
World Cup
Appearances5 (First in 1994)
Best result5th, 1994

HistoryEdit

Scotland Women's first official test match was played against Ireland at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh on 14 February 1993, ending in a 10 - 0 win to the hosts. Leading from the front, first Scotland captain Sandra Colamartino was the scorer of both tries.[1]

In April of the following year, Scotland stepped in as alternate host of the 1994 Women's Rugby World Cup, finishing fifth, the team's best appearance to date. Since then, the Women's team have competed in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 and 2010 iterations of the tournament.

The early streak of success peaked on 21 March 1998, as a 8–5 win over England in their final match of the Home Nations Championship marked the achievement of a Grand Slam for Scotland.

The Scottish Women's Rugby Union (SWRU) was the national governing body for women's rugby union in Scotland. It was responsible for the governance of women's rugby union within Scotland. Its role was all-encompassing. It went from youth recruitment, through administrating all senior based (aged 16+) competition, through to the performance and management of the Scotland women's national rugby union team.

At its AGM in June 2009, the SWRU voted unanimously in favour of amalgamating the Scottish Rugby Union and the SWRU to form an integrated national governing body rugby in Scotland.[2]

Thistle and the anthemEdit

The thistle is the national flower, and also the symbol of the Scotland national rugby union team. According to legend the "guardian thistle" has played its part in the defence of Scotland against a night attack by Norwegian Vikings, one of whom let out a yell of pain when he stepped barefoot on a thistle, alerting the Scottish defenders. The Latin Nemo me impune lacessit ("No-one provokes me with impunity!" in English) is the motto of Scotland's premier chivalric order, the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.[3]

"Flower of Scotland" has been used since 1990 as Scotland's unofficial national anthem. It was written by Roy Williamson of The Corries in 1967, and adopted by the SRU to replace "God Save the Queen".

StripEdit

Scotland have traditionally worn navy blue jerseys, white shorts and blue socks. On the occasion that Scotland is the home side and the opposing team normally wears dark colours, Scotland will use its change strip. Traditionally this is a white jersey with navy blue shorts and socks. During a sponsorship deal, purple was introduced to the traditional blue jersey. This was a significant departure from the traditional colours of blue and white, although purple is inspired from the thistle flower.

Results summaryEdit

OverallEdit

Top 20 rankings as of 16 January 2023[4]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     England 094.29
2     New Zealand 093.19
3     France 089.68
4     Canada 084.22
5     Italy 078.70
6     Australia 078.00
7     United States 076.78
8     Ireland 074.01
9     Wales 072.70
10     Scotland 068.71
11     Spain 068.47
12     Japan 067.94
13     South Africa 064.50
14     Russia 061.10
15  4   Hong Kong 059.25
16     Fiji 058.33
17     Netherlands 058.27
18     Samoa 058.01
19  1   Sweden 057.73
20  5   Kazakhstan 057.09
*Change from the previous week

(Full internationals only)
Correct as of 27 November 2016

Rugby: Scotland internationals 1993–
Opponent First game Played Won Drawn Lost Percentage
  Australia 1999 2 0 0 2 0.00%
  Belgium 2009 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  Canada 1994 6 1 0 5 16.67%
  England 1994 25 2 0 23 8.00%
  France 1998 23 5 0 18 21.74%
  Ireland 1993 25 14 0 11 56.00%
  Italy 1988 16 5 1 10 31.25%
  Kazakhstan 2006 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  Netherlands 1995 6 5 0 1 83.33%
  New Zealand 1994 3 0 0 3 0.00%
  Russia 1994 2 2 0 0 100.00%
  Samoa 2002 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  South Africa 2010 2 0 0 2 0.00%
  Spain 1997 19 12 0 7 63.16%
  Sweden 1994 9 9 0 0 100.00%
  United States 1998 5 1 0 4 20.00%
  Wales 1993 28 13 0 15 46.43%
Summary 1993 174 72 1 101 41.38%

World CupEdit

Rugby World Cup
Year Round Pld W D L PF PA
  1991 Did Not Participate
  1994 5th place 5 3 0 2 72 42
  1998 6th place 5 2 0 3 89 141
  2002 6th place 4 2 0 2 41 53
  2006 6th place 5 3 0 2 67 72
  2010 8th place 5 1 0 4 57 132
  2014 Did Not Qualify
  2017
  2021 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 27 89
Total 5th Place 27 11 0 16 353 529
  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place Home venue

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Scotland named their final 32-player squad on the 15 September 2022, for the 2021 Rugby World Cup.[5]

Player Position Caps Club/Province
Leah Bartlett Prop 18 Loughborough Lightning
Christine Belisle Prop 18 Loughborough Lightning
Sarah Bonar Lock 31 Harlequins
Elliann Clarke Prop 1 Edinburgh University
Katie Dougan Prop 16 Gloucester-Hartpury
Evie Gallagher Back Row 13 Worcester Warriors
Jade Konkel-Roberts Back Row 53 Harlequins
Rachel Malcolm (c) Back Row 30 Loughborough Lightning
Rachel McLachlan Back Row 29 Sale Sharks
Louise McMillan Lock 37 Saracens
Lyndsay O'Donnell Lock 16 Worcester Warriors
Lana Skeldon Hooker 54 Worcester Warriors
Jodie Rettie Hooker 17 Saracens
Emma Wassell Lock 57 Loughborough Lightning
Molly Wright Hooker 15 Sale Sharks
Anne Young Back Row 2 Heriot's Rugby
Shona Campbell Wing 7 Edinburgh University
Megan Gaffney Wing 44 Loughborough Lightning
Coreen Grant Centre 1 Saracens
Sarah Law Fly-Half 52 Sale Sharks
Rhona Lloyd Wing 39 Les Lioness du Stade Bordelaise
Caity Mattinson Scrumhalf 6 Worcester Warriors
Mairi McDonald Scrumhalf 8 Hillhead Jordanhill
Liz Musgrove Wing 10 Watsonians
Helen Nelson (vc) Fly-Half 43 Loughborough Lightning
Emma Orr Centre 4 Biggar RFC
Chloe Rollie Fullback 50 Exeter Chiefs
Eilidh Sinclair Wing 18 Exeter Chiefs
Hannah Smith Centre 34 Watsonians
Meryl Smith Wing 3 Edinburgh University
Lisa Thomson Centre 46 Sale Sharks
Evie Wills Fly-Half 3 Hillhead Jordanhill

Notable internationalistsEdit

See alsoEdit

Women's international rugby – the most complete listing of women's international results since 1982

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bathgate, Stuart (2018-02-14). "Pioneers celebrate 25th anniversary of first Scotland women's international". The Offside Line. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
  2. ^ [citation needed]
  3. ^ "The Scottish Thistle – Beautifully Bold!". Scottish at Heart. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Women's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 16 January 2023.
  5. ^ "Scotland squad named for Rugby World Cup 2021". Scottish Rugby Union. Retrieved 2022-09-15.

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