Bryan Easson's side finish the championship winless

Scotland Women’s Six Nations Squad 2022

Scotland ended the 2022 Women’s Six Nations with the wooden spoon after losing 15-14 to Ireland in Belfast.

The Scots had looked on track for their first win of the championship but there was late drama, in much the same way as the Rugby World Cup qualifier between the two sides, only that Scotland triumphed in that.

Evie Gallagher had put the visitors ahead early on with a try but they trailed 8-5 at half-time after Hannah O’Connor kicked a penalty and Neve Jones scored a try.

The Scots then pulled ahead in the second half thanks to three Helen Nelson penalties but Enya Breen crossed for a try in the 84th minute and then converted it to give Ireland a one-point victory. The result means Scotland finish bottom of the championship table.

Scotland team to face Ireland – Saturday 30 April

Chloe Rollie; Rhona Lloyd, Lisa Thomson, Helen Nelson, Shona Campbell; Sarah Law, Caity Mattinson; Molly Wright, Lana Skeldon, Christine Belisle, Emma Wassell, Sarah Bonar, Rachel Malcolm (captain), Rachel McLachlan, Evie Gallagher.

Replacements: Jodie Rettie, Leah Bartlett, Katie Dougan, Louise McMillan, Eva Donaldson, Mairi McDonald, Emma Orr, Megan Gaffney.

Italy 20-13 Scotland

Scotland are still winless in this year’s Women’s Six Nations after losing 20-13 to Italy.

Helen Nelson and Michela Sillari exchanged penalties in the first quarter before Scotland started to exert their dominance at scrum time around the half-hour mark.

From a penalty at the set-piece they kicked deep into the Italian half and continued to put pressure on the hosts through their driving maul. From one lineout in the 22, Scotland’s forwards went through a series of pick-and-goes close to the line before Emma Wassell powered over.

That gave Scotland a 10-3 lead at the break but Italy came out firing in the second period, their own maul kicked into gear and Melissa Bettoni crossed within a few minutes of the restart. Sillari’s conversion levelled the scores before a penalty in the 55th minute gave them a three-point lead.

The momentum of the match petered out somewhat with numerous stoppages for injuries as the rain teemed down. Scotland’s replacement scrum-half Jenny Maxwell suffered a serious-looking injury just before the hour mark, which led to a back-line reshuffle and Chloe Rollie moving from full-back to nine.

They had a decent spell in the Italian half at that point and won another significant scrum penalty but they couldn’t use that possession to make an impact on the scoreboard.

Then the Azzurre produced a couple of remarkable mauls, making huge metres, and when they were in Scottish territory they scored a second try through Silvia Turani.

Nelson slotted a late penalty to reduce the deficit and the Scots attacked from their own half in an attempt to level the scores in the closing minutes but Italy won a decisive turnover penalty to hold on for the win.

Scotland were left with just a losing bonus point and now head to Belfast in the final round with the goal of beating Ireland to end their winless run.

Scotland team to play Italy – Saturday 23 April

Chloe Rollie; Rhona Lloyd, Lisa Thomson, Helen Nelson, Shona Campbell; Sarah Law, Caity Mattinson; Molly Wright, Lana Skeldon, Christine Belisle, Emma Wassell, Sarah Bonar, Rachel Malcolm (captain), Rachel McLachlan, Evie Gallagher.

Replacements: Jodie Rettie, Leah Bartlett, Katie Dougan, Louise McMillan, Anne Young, Jenny Maxwell, Hannah Smith, Megan Gaffney.

Scotland 8-28 France

Scotland suffered a third straight defeat in this year’s Women’s Six Nations when losing 28-8 to France, but they delivered a dogged second-half performance at Scotstoun.

After conceding four first-half tries to trail 28-3 at the break, they rallied to not only keep France scoreless in the second 40 but cross for a try of their own.

They capitalised on French ill-discipline to gain territory and after good build-up carries from the forwards, Chloe Rollie touched down.

The Scots should take confidence from that second-half display ahead of their final matches against Italy and Ireland.

Scotland team to play France – Sunday 10 April

Chloe Rollie; Rhona Lloyd, Emma Orr, Lisa Thomson, Megan Gaffney; Helen Nelson, Jenny Maxwell; Leah Bartlett, Lana Skeldon, Christine Belisle, Louise McMillan, Sarah Bonar, Rachel Malcolm (captain), Evie Gallagher, Jade Konkel.

Replacements: Jodie Rettie, Molly Wright, Katie Dougan, Lyndsay O’Donnell, Rachel McLachlan, Caity Mattinson, Sarah Law, Meryl Smith.

Wales 24-19 Scotland

Scotland were left to rue missed opportunities as they suffered a narrow 24-19 defeat in Cardiff in round two of the Women’s Six Nations.

The Scots dominated the first half against Wales and periods of the second, but weren’t always able to make those chances count, particularly in the closing minutes of each half.

Lana Skeldon marked her 50th cap with a try after just four minutes, the Scotland driving maul clicking into gear and the hooker touching down.

The visitors’ second try came around the half-hour mark. This time it came from a fortuitous bounce after a spell of Scottish pressure in the 22.

Jenny Maxwell put a kick over the line and it bounced away from the two Welsh defenders and back towards Rhona Lloyd, who gratefully dotted down.

They couldn’t add a third before the break despite a long spell in possession in the Wales 22, but Lloyd scored her second within a couple of minutes of the restart going over in the corner to make it 19-7 as she finished off an attack that she started with a break down the wing.

Then back came Wales with tries from Sioned Harries and Kelsey Jones to level the scores going into the final 15 minutes, with Scotland prop Leah Bartlett also sin-binned after a number of scrum offences in the 22.

A Ffion Lewis try with five minutes to go looked to have sealed the win for Wales but a number of penalty infringements by Wales, including a deliberate knock-on by Siwan Lillicrap, meant Scotland could mount one last attack and push for a try.

They got to within a metre of the line but a fumble by Jade Konkel allowed Wales to kick the ball out to close out the game.

Scotland team to play Wales – Saturday 2 April

Shona Campbell; Rhona Lloyd, Emma Orr, Lisa Thomson, Megan Gaffney; Helen Nelson, Jenny Maxwell, Leah Bartlett, Lana Skeldon, Christine Belisle, Emma Wassell, Sarah Bonar, Rachel Malcolm, Evie Gallagher, Jade Konkel.

Replacements: Jodie Rettie, Panashe Muzambe, Anne Young, Lyndsay O’Donnell, Louise McMillan, Caity Mattinson, Meryl Smith, Hannah Smith.

Scotland 5-57 England

Scotland lost their opening Women’s Six Nations match 57-5 to England in Edinburgh.

The Scots came into the match full of confidence after qualifying for the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 12 years and they would have been comfortable in the warm conditions at the DAM Health Stadium having played in Dubai last month.

Yet they couldn’t halt the Red Roses’ winning run – it now stands at 19 straight Tests. The hosts conceded two early tries before Chloe Rollie crossed in the 16th minute to make it 5-14.

However, England scored four more times before the break and while Scotland had the better of the second half in terms of territory and possession they couldn’t make it count on the socreboard. Instead, they conceded another three tries.

The lineout was a plus point, as was the increase in intensity in the second 40, but they will be looking to be more accurate and clinical in attack against Wales next weekend.

Catch up on the best of Women’s Six Nations round one.

Scotland team to play England – Saturday 26 March

Chloe Rollie; Rhona Lloyd, Hannah Smith, Lisa Thomson, Megan Gaffney; Helen Nelson, Jenny Maxwell; Leah Bartlett, Lana Skeldon, Christine Belisle, Emma Wassell, Louise McMillan, Rachel Malcolm, Rachel McLachlan, Jade Konkel.

Replacements: Molly Wright, Lisa Cockburn, Katie Dougan, Lyndsay O’Donnell, Eva Donaldson, Sarah Law, Meryl Smith, Shona Campbell.

Scotland Women’s Six Nations Squad

Bryan Easson has named a 35-player squad for the upcoming Women’s Six Nations after the team secured qualification for this year’s Rugby World Cup in February.

It’s the first time since 2010 that Scotland will be featuring at a World Cup and the match-day 23 who bagged the spot with a victory over Colombia are all included in the championship squad.

Harlequins’ Jade Konkel returned to rugby this season after taking a break to work in the fire service and she has been named.

Captain Rachel Malcolm will once again lead the team in the Six Nations. As well as Malcolm, there are more experienced players named in the forwards. Hooker Lana Skeldon and lock Emma Wassell will star but there is also new blood with Heriots’ Alison Wilson in line to win her first cap.

There are new names in the backs, too, with the uncapped Emma Orr and Meryl Smith included. They will be supported by experienced players like vice-captain Helen Nelson, Rhona Lloyd and Chloe Rollie.

Caity Mattinson may be inexperienced in the Scotland side, winning her first cap in February, but she’s no stranger to the international stage. She is the first women’s player to switch teams as she has won caps for England.

Head coach Easson said of preparations: “We’ve had an exciting start to the year after claiming the last spot in this year’s World Cup in New Zealand, but it’s important that our focus now turns fully to the Six Nations.

“The hard work and effort that the squad have displayed in recent training sessions has been terrific and our priority over the next six weeks will be about building on the positive progress that we’ve seen over the past year.

“The opening round of the tournament will see us host defending champions, England, which will be a tough test but I know the players are relishing the chance to challenge themselves in front of a home support.”

Scotland Women’s Six Nations Squad 2022

Backs

(DoB/Club/Position/First cap/Caps)

Shona Campbell (7 Jun 2001/Edinburgh University/Wing/2021 v Japan/5)

Abi Evans (30 May 1996/Darlington Mowden Park/Wing/2015 v France/15)

Megan Gaffney (3 Dec 1991/Loughborough Lightning/Wing/2011 v The Netherlands/43)

Coreen Grant (30 Jan 1998/Saracens/Centre/2021 v Italy/1)

Sarah Law (19 Dec 1994/Sale Sharks/Fly-half/2013 v England/51)

Rhona Lloyd (17 Oct 1996/Les Lioness du Stade Bordelaise/Wing/2016 v England/37)

Caity Mattinson (Worcester Warriors/Scrum-half/2022 v Colombia/4)

Jenny Maxwell (8 Dec 1992/Loughborough Lightning/Scrum-half/2015 v France/40)

Mairi McDonald (25 Nov 1997/Hillhead Jordanhill/Scrum-half/2020 v Spain/7)

Liz Musgrove (25 Dec 1996/Watsonians/Wing/2018 v Wales/13)

Helen Nelson (24 May 1994/Loughborough Lightning/Centre/2016 v France/41)

Emma Orr (Biggar/2022 v Wales/2)

Chloe Rollie (26 Jun 1995/Exeter Chiefs/Full-back/2015 v France/48)

Hannah Smith (30 Oct 1992/Watsonians/Centre/2013 v France/34)

Meryl Smith (11 Jun 2001/Edinburgh University/Full-back/2022 v England/2)

Lisa Thomson (7 Sep 1997/Unattached/Centre/2016 v England/44)

Evie Wills (4 Feb 2001/Stirling County/Fly-half/2021 v Italy/3)

Forwards

Leah Bartlett (28 Aug 1998/Loughborough Lightning/Prop/2020 v Spain/16)

Christine Belisle (4 Nov 1993/Loughborough Lightning/Back-row/2019 v South Africa/16)

Sarah Bonar (2 Sep 1994/Harlequins/Lock/2016 v Spain/29)

Lisa Cockburn (6 Dec 1992/Worcester Warriors/Prop/2018 v Italy/27)

Katie Dougan (15 Jan 1995/Gloucester-Hartpury/Tighthead/2015 v Italy/25)

Eva Donaldson (Edinburgh University/Flanker/2022 v Colombia/2)

Evie Gallagher (22 Aug 2000/Stirling County/Back-row/2021 v England/8)

Jade Konkel (9 Dec 1993/Harlequins/Back-row/2013 v England/53)

Rachel Malcolm (23 May 1991/Loughborough Lightning/Back-row/2016 v Spain/28)

Rachel McLachlan (25 Feb 1999/Sale Sharks/Back-row/2018 v Italy/25)

Louise McMillan (27 Jul 1997/Hillhead Jordanhill/Back-row/2016 v Spain/35)

Lyndsay O’Donnell (21 Jun 1993/Worcester Warriors/Back-row or second row/16)

Jodie Rettie (31 Dec 1990/Saracens/Hooker/2018 v Wales/19)

Lana Skeldon (18 Oct 1993/Worcester Warriors/Hooker/2011 v Netherlands/52)

Emma Wassell (28 Dec 1994/Loughborough Lightning/Lock/2014 v Ireland/55)

Alison Wilson (Heriots/Prop/Uncapped)

Molly Wright (13 May 1991/Sale Sharks/Hooker/2020 v Spain/13)

Anne Young (Edinburgh University/Prop/2021 v Japan/2)

Scotland Women’s Six Nations Fixtures 2022

(All kick-off times are UK & Ireland time)

Round One 

Sat 26 Mar, Scotland 5-57 England

Round Two

Sat 2 Apr, Wales 24-19 Scotland

Round Three

Sun 10 Apr, Scotland 8-28 France

Round Four

Sat 23 Apr, Italy 20-13 Scotland

Round Five

Sat 30 Apr, Ireland v Scotland (8pm, Kingspan Stadium) Live on BBC Scotland and BBC Two Northern Ireland

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