SCOTLAND WOMEN secured a place in the 2021 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series qualifying tournament (which will be played in Hong Kong next year) after securing a fifth place finish at Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series second leg in the Ukraine yesterday. Having finished sixth in the Grand Prix Series first leg three weeks ago, they ended the summer as the highest ranked non-core side in the competition.
The Scots snatched their fifth place finish with a 36-7 win over Belgium in their final match, thanks to tries from Rhona Lloyd, Chloe Rollie, Abi Evans, Lisa Thomson, Hannah Smith and two from Jenny Maxwell. Earlier in the day, a last-gasp score from Rachel McLachlan snatched a 19-17 victory over Italy.
Scotland were knocked out of the top tier Cup competition by a 22-7 defeat at the hands of Russia.
Meanwhile, the opening round of this summer’s FOSROC Scottish Rugby Regional Academies series took place at Kings Park in Aberdeen, with Caledonia taking on Glasgow & the West at three different age-grades.
Glasgow & the West were comfortable 72-7 winners at the Under-20 age-grade, while the home side claimed the spoils at Under-18 level with an emphatic 72-12 win, and at Under-16 level with a 40-0 success.