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Scots ready for Irish visit

Scotland's preparations for the Women's World Cup enter their final stages this weekend with their last fixture before the competition starts.

The Scots will host Ireland this Sunday in an uncapped international at Lasswade following their two recent games against South Africa.

Though the match is uncapped, Gary Parker has named a strong side for the game, mindful perhaps of the need for a win or a strong performance to boost confidence after a mixed season on the results front so far.

Parker, said: "This match has been set up as a training game of three half hours to give ourselves and the Irish one last chance to try out different combinations in a real game.

"It's another opportunity to put our training into practice against a team that doesn't know our calls or what lines players will run. We're looking to see how all these things work in a match environment which will offer a real insight to our progress."

Having focused solely on World Cup preparations since the 6 Nations, Parker has been overwhelmed by the commitment shown by the players, all of whom have managed an increased skills and fitness programme along side their full-time occupations.

He added: "The girls are as committed as any player I've ever worked with. They've worked immensely hard, their dedication and attitude to extra sessions has seen their fitness go up another notch since the 6 Nations.

"I spent some time speaking to supporters after the South Africa games who had never watched a women's international before and they were really impressed by the standard and commitment of good quality rugby players desperate to play for their country."

The 2010 WRWC begins in August with Scotland drawn against France, Canada and Sweden in Pool C.

Scotland team to play Ireland at Lasswade on Sunday 18 July (kick-off 1pm)

Nicola Halfpenny (Melrose), Celia Hawthorn (Edinburgh University), Lucy Millard (Team Northumbria), Suzi Newton (Team Northumbria), Lynsey Douglas (London Wasps) , Erin Kerr (London Wasps), Sarah Gill (Murrayfield Wanderers), Heather Lockhart (Hillhead / Jordanhill), Sarah-Louise Walker (Watsonians), Beth Dickens (Murrayfield Wanderers), Louise Moffat (Murrayfield Wanderers), Susannah Brown (Richmond), Lynne Reid (RHC Cougars), Ruth Slaven (Murrayfield Wanderers), Keri Holdsworth (Watsonians)


Donna Kennedy (Worcester), Rosalind Murphy (Edinburgh University), Gillian McCord (RHC Cougars), Alison Macdonald (RHC Cougars), Lindsay Wheeler (Darlington Mowden Sharks), Tess Forsberg (Murrayfield Wanderers), Stephanie Johnston (Hillhead / Jordanhill), Tanya Griffith (RHC Cougars), Louise Dalgliesh (RHC Cougars)