Scotland arrange Six Nations warm-up against old rivals Spain

Coach Philip Doyle sees January match in Almeria as ideal preparation for the Championship

Scotland v Spain
Scotland's Helen Nelson in action against Spain at the start of this year.

SCOTLAND will prepare for the Six Nations Championship with a visit to Spain in the New Year for a Test against one of their closest rivals of recent years. The match will take place in Almeria on Sunday 19 January, kicking off at noon local time (11am GMT), and will give head coach Philip Doyle another chance to assess his squad following their two wins in South Africa.

“The two wins in South Africa were a great way to start the season and I am really proud of the squad for the work that they put in both at the training ground and on the field in Cape Town,” said Doyle, who took charge of the team for the first time in that double win. “We now need to keep that momentum and commitment going. An away Test against Spain will be a fantastic way to prepare ourselves for the 2020 Women’s Six Nations. Spain are a regular opponent for Scotland and a good team to play against to test what level we are at.”

Scotland lost 29-24 to Spain in Madrid at the start of this year, and also suffered narrow losses in both legs of their World Cup play-off against the same opponents back in 2016. The Spanish are ninth in the world rankings, two places above the Scots, so the Almeria match should provide a useful gauge for Doyle as he assesses the preparedness of his team for the Six Nations. The Championship begins with a visit to Ireland on Sunday 2 February.

Before turning their attention to the Spain trip, Scotland have two Autumn Internationals at Scotstoun next month. They play Wales on Sunday 17, then Japan a week later.

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