SCOTLAND WOMEN full-back Chloe Rollie will play in England’s Tyrells Premier 15s league next season after making the switch from French side Lille. She will link up with fellow Scotland stars Jade Konkel and Deborah McCormack at her new club.
The 24-year-old, who was born in Edinburgh and raised in Jedburgh, has been a key player for Scotland since debuting in Scotland’s 2015 Six Nations opener against France. She has made 30 appearances so far for her country and scored seven tries, including a sensational length of the field effort to secure a historic victory for the dark blues away to Ireland in Dublin during the 2018 Six Nations.
“Chloé is a fantastic addition to our squad,” said Harlequins Women co-head coach Gary Street. “Due to her versatility and her ability in attack, she gives us a whole range of options going forward and will nicely complement the outstanding crop of outside backs that we already have at the club.
“Chloé also brings with her a great deal of experience of playing at the highest level, both domestically and with the Scottish national team. Having played in France for two years, where women’s rugby and indeed women’s sport, is massive and regularly shown on national television, she has proved that she can consistently perform in high-pressure environments and I’m confident that she will bring that quality with her to Quins. We’re really proud to have her with us as we look to make further advancements next season.”
The Harlequins trio of Rollie, Konkel and McCormack will come up against a few familiar Scottish faces in the Tyrells Premier 15 next season. Sarah Law, Elizabeth Musgrove, Abi Evans, Lana Skeldon and Rachel McLachlan have all signed up with DMP Sharks this summer, where they will link up with Lisa Thomson and Lisa Cockburn. Meanwhile, Sarah Bonar, Rhona Lloyd, Jennifer Maxwell and Rachel Malcolm are with Loughborough Lightning, Lauren Harris plays for Bristol Bears and Mhairi Grieve turns out for Firwood Waterloo.
Helen Nelson and Lisa Martin played their club rugby in France last season.
“I am very excited to join Harlequins and build on the experience that I have accrued at both international level with Scotland and over the past two seasons in France,” said Rollie.
“I feel that I have a lot to contribute in terms of my skillset and the lessons I have learnt throughout my career so far and I’m looking forward to helping the team succeed in the new season.
“There is such an incredible set-up at the club, in terms of the quality of the coaching and the off-field support that the players receive and I can’t wait to be a part of that and perform in front of the passionate supporters that I’ve heard so much about.”