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Scotland’s New Route to the Six Nations

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Philip Doyle has chosen a new path to the Six Nations.

A squad of 25 will fly out to Almeria on the south coast of Spain to take on Las Leonas on 19 January.

Two uncapped forwards, Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning) and Molly Wright, originally from New Zealand, find favour. Rachel Law and Mairi MacDonald are the new names in the backs.

Two familiar names will be missing from action, the captain Rachel Malcolm and Chloe Rollie, both injured. Captaincy reverts to Helen Nelson.

The Scottish Qualified programme is helping to broaden the base of the elite squad and provide more competition for places. The introduction of young players to this level is a welcome sign for Doyle. Twelve of the squad are based in their native country.

This three-day jaunt precedes Scotland’s opening joust in the 6 Nations against England a week later. Whether Scotstoun Stadium Glasgow can offer the same temperatures as the Estadio Juan Rojas is open to question.

The Squad:

Helen Nelson (Loughborough Lightning) (captain)
Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning)

Christine Belisle (Cartha Queens Park)

Sarah Bonar (Loughborough Lightning)

Lisa Cockburn (Darlington Mowden Park)

Siobhan Cattigan (Stirling County RFC)
Sarah Denholm (Edinburgh University)

Mairi Forsyth (Corstorphine Cougars)

Megan Gaffney (Watsonians)
Jade Konkel (Harlequins)
Rachel Law (Edinburgh University)

Rhona Lloyd (Loughborough Lightning)

Rachel Malcolm (Loughborough Lightning)
Jenny Maxwell (Loughborough Lightning)

Mairi McDonald (Hillhead Jordanhill)

Rachel McLachlan (Darlington Mowden Park)

Louise McMillan (Hillhead Jordanhill)

Panashe Muzambe (Watsonians/Edinburgh University)

Lana Skeldon (Darlington Mowden Park)
Hannah Smith (Watsonians)

Lisa Thomson (Darlington Mowden Park)

Evie Tonkin (Darlington Mowden Park)

Alex Wallace (Harrogate RFC)
Emma Wassell (Corstorphine Cougars)

Molly Wright (Watsonians)