Anticipation is building for Borders rugby stars included in the Scotland Women’s Six Nations squad as they look forward to the return of International competition this weekend, writes Alexander McLeman.
Lana Skeldon, Gillian Inglis, Chloe Rollie (all Melrose), Lisa Robertson (Murrayfield Wanderers/Gala) and Mhairi Grieve (RHC/Selkirk) all made the women’s team through impressive club performances and are poised to take on France, England, Wales, Ireland and Italy over the next two months.
Though Scotland finished last year’s competition with the wooden spoon, they enter the 2015 tournament with a more balanced squad of youth and experience with international Stalwarts like 71-capped Heather Lockhart and Captain Tracy Balmer joined by four new exciting talents.
Among the four uncapped players in head coach Jules Maxton’s starting XV to face France at Stade Henri Desgrange, Nantes on Saturday, is Melrose youngster Chloe Rollie, who has progressed through Scotland’s age grade sides and been an increasingly influential figure for her club all season.
Rollie’s teammate at Melrose, Lana Skeldon, who returned to the international fold during last season’s competition, admitted she and her teammates have been working hard to prepare for the 2015 tournament.
She added that they cannot wait for another tilt at Europe’s best players.
“I am delighted to be a part of the Six Nations squad and can’t wait to get out there,” said the 22-year old hooker.