Lochaber players named in women’s rugby world cup squad

Former Lochaber player Helen Nelson was in action for Scotland against Italy on Friday night. NO-F06-Helen-Nelson.jpg
Former Lochaber RFC player Helen Nelson. NO-F06-Helen-Nelson.jpg

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Lochaber players Helen Nelson and Katie Dougan join Abi Evans, from Oban, in the 28-player squad just announced by Scotland Women’s rugby head coach Bryan Easson for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe Qualifiers.

The squad convened at Oriam, Scotland’s National Sports Performance Centre, on Monday of this week before traveling to Parma for the round robin tournament.

The squad remains largely unchanged from the 2021 Women’s Six Nations in April, with Rachel Malcolm returning to her captaincy duties having missed Scotland’s last two matches in the championship due to a knee injury.

Easson said: ‘The squad selection has been difficult as the players have really stepped up to the mark in our recent training camps.

‘As a result, we’ve seen a lot of competition for places which has been really positive from a coaching perspective.

‘In this round-robin tournament, every game counts and we know that we will have to hit the ground running in the first game to keep our qualification chances in sight.

‘We are very familiar with our opponents and we know that they will each present very different game plans, but we firmly believe we have the ability to adapt to each challenge that may arise.’

Following its postponement last year, Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe qualifying tournament will take place on September 13, 19 and 25, 2021 in Parma’s Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Italy, home of the Zebre Rugby Club.

Scotland will compete against Spain, Ireland and hosts Italy in a round robin format.

The top team will book a spot in Group B at Rugby World Cup 2021 and the runner-up will enter the final qualification tournament.

Full match schedule for the RWC 2021 Europe qualifier will be announced by World Rugby in due course.