JEDBURGH rugby scholar Lauren Harris, pictured, has returned home after winning her first senior cap as part of the Scotland women’s squad which played Spain.
The fully-capped test match, held on January 3 in Madrid, was a warm-up for the Six Nations tournament which is to be played over next month and March.
The experience of the well-established Spanish side shone through in the second half and the Scots lost 28-13.
However, Lauren, 22, a student at Robert Gordon University, enjoyed the outing.
She said: “Personally, I loved the whole experience. It was great to play my own rugby on such a large stage. Prior to the game I was really nervous, but as soon as the starting whistle was blown, I relaxed and played as hard as I could.
“I think the game has certainly given me an insight into international rugby and I’m now very focused on trying to make the Six Nations squad. Hopefully, I will be included in the squad and add to my one cap.”
Lauren has two more training sessions, and a match against the British Army, before the Six Nations squad selection takes place on January 30.
Last year the fourth-year physiotherapy student captained Scotland Academy and scored a try to win against North England Select. Having been chosen for the Scottish Universities sevens side, she represented Scotland in the Home Nations competition in March. She went on to be named top try scorer for the GB Universities sevens team at the World University Championship in Portugal during the summer.
Lauren now plays for Aberdeenshire Quines on the wing and was their leading try scorer last season.