Four Scotland internationals sign for Leicester Tigers

The ambitious Midlands club are preparing for their first season in the English Premiership after winning the Championship last time out

Francesca McGhie scores for Scotland against Ireland. Image: Craig Watson.
Scotland winger Francesca McGhie scored one of the tries of the Six Nations against Ireland. Image: © Craig

LEICESTER Tigers have signed four current members of the Scotland squad – Eva Donaldson, Elis Martin, Francesca McGhie and Evie Wills. The Tigers topped the Championship North last season, winning all 18 of their games, and will compete in the rebranded English Women’s Premiership in the coming campaign.

“We are very excited for the girls to join up with the squad,” Leicester’s head of women’s rugby, Vicky Macqueen, said. “The firepower up front and at the set piece combined with the speed and engine in the backfield will elevate our game across the park. These are four Scottish internationals right at the beginning of their time in top-level rugby, all four with enormous potential and a versatility that will be invaluable in getting us ready for the 2023/24 season’’.

Donaldson, a lock, was first capped in last year’s World Cup play-off win over Colombia. In this year’s Six Nations the 21-year-old played a vital role off the bench in the win over Italy – a result which ended a long run of defeats for Bryan Easson’s side.

Martin, a 24-year-old hooker, won her first cap in last year’s World Cup warm-up against the USA. She has previously played for Edinburgh University and DMP Sharks.

Winger McGhie, 20, made her Scotland debut in this year’s Six Nations Championship, and went on to score one of the tries of the campaign in the home win over Ireland.

Centre Wills, 22, has the most experience at Test level, having first been capped in a 2021 Six Nations match against Italy.



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