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Scottish squad for Spanish test named

Scotland head coach Shade Munro has picked his squad for the upcoming Six Nations warm-up versus Spain.
 

The match (Sunday 21 January, kick-off 1pm) will take place at Scotstoun Stadium, Scotland Women’s home for the upcoming Six Nations in February.

The squad of 25 includes Scotland’s four professional players; Jade Konkel, Chloe Rollie, Lisa Thomson and Sarah Law.

Munro, said: “We have a selected a strong squad for what will be another very challenging match.

“We’ve played a number of important fixtures against Spain over the past few years, most notably the World Cup Qualification match which we narrowly lost in  November 2016. So, we are very much looking forward to taking them on once more.”

A Scotland Women XV took on Spain in November last year, running out 24-5 winners in Madrid.

Try scorers from that match, Hannah Smith, Rhona Lloyd, Deborah McCormack and Lisa Thomson all retain their places in the training squad.

Munro added: “This is also a great fixture to have leading into the Six Nations as we aim to carry through the momentum from the Autumn. It will provide the players with the opportunity to cement their place in the squad as we approach our opener away to Wales.

“Spain, who are ranked above us, will be much changed, and as a result much stronger, than the team we faced in Madrid so we will have to be at our very best if we are to come out on top.”

Lisa Martin, who recently signed for Tyrell’s Premier 15s team, DMP Sharks, will captain the side which includes no new faces.

Spain, on the other hand, have a lot of debutants. With their sevens players away preparing for Sydney, Jose Antonio Barrio is using one of his few test match opportunities to give players spotted in recent regional tournaments a chance at a higher level, including mauir Mayo, from Eibar, Anna Puig from UE Santoboiana, Judith Velez from GEi EG, Margarita Rodriguez from Uni. De Sevilla, Maria Calvo and Lide Erbina. That said, there are a few familar names, such as Lourdes Alameda and Elizabeth Martinez.

Given the selections, this should be a strong win for Scotland.

Tickets for Scotland v Spain and Scotland Women’s Six Nations home fixtures against France and England are available at scottishrugby.org.

Forwards: Sarah Bonar (Loughbourgh Lightening), Siobhan Cattigan (Stirling County / Stirling University), Megan Kennedy* (Stirling County), Jade Konkel** (Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois), Mags Lowish (Loughbourgh Lightening), Rachel Malcolm (Loughbourgh Lightening), Deborah McCormack (Harlequins), Louise McMillian* (Hillhead/Jordanhill), Siobhan McMillan (Hillhead/Jordanhill), Jodie Rettie (Thurrock), Lana Skeldon (Watsonians), Lindsey Smith (Hillhead/Jordanhill), Emma Wassell* (Murrayfield Wanderers)

Backs: Mhairi Grieve (Firwood Waterloo), Lauren Harris* (Edinburgh University), Sarah Law** (Edinburgh University/Murrayfield Wanderers), Rhona Lloyd* (Edinburgh University), Lisa Martin* (DMP Sharks), Jenny Maxwell (Loughbourgh Lightening), Liz Musgrove (Edinburgh University), Helen Nelson* (Murrayfield Wanderers), Chloe Rollie (Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois), Eilidh Sinclair* (Murrayfield Wanderers), Hannah Smith (Hillhead/Jordanhill), Lisa Thomson** (Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois),

Spanish squad: Eva Aguirre (Olímpico Pozuelo); Isabel Rico Vázquez (Olímpico Pozuelo); Maria Ahis (Olímpico Pozuelo); Jimena Parra (Olímpico Pozuelo); Lourdes Alameda (XV Sanse Scrum); Beatriz Dominguez (XV Sanse Scrum); Carlota Meliz (XV Sanse Scrum); Maria Garcia (CR Majadahonda); Carmen Rodera (CR Majadahonda); Lucia Diaz (CR Majadahonda); Alba Vinuesa (CR Cisneros); Maria Losada (INEF-L´Hospitalet); Elizabeth Martinez (G.E.i E.G.); Anna Puig (UE Santboiana); Laura Delgado (Crat Coruña); Marta Carmona (Crat Coruña); Lucia Diego (Getxo R.T.); Amaiur Mayo (Eibar Rt); Lide Erbina (Ordizia Rt); Maria Calvo (Tecnidex Valencia); Margarita Rodriguez (U. Sevilla); Isabel Macias (Bobigni); Marta Estelles (Hillhead Jordan Hill); Jeanina Vinueza Loyola (Saracens Rfc)