Women’s 6N: Scots head to happy hunting ground in round one

Visit to Donnybrook first up for new coach Philip Doyle

Scotland full-back Chloe Rollie. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson.

SCOTLAND will kick off their 2020 Women’s Six Nations campaign with a visit to Ireland, where they recorded a memorable win two years ago. The match on Sunday 2 February will also mean a homecoming on his Championship debut with his new team for head coach Philip Doyle, who led his native Ireland to a Grand Slam back in 2013.

Scotland are at home to England a week later in the first of their two matches to be held at Scotstoun. They visit Italy in round three, then welcome France to Glasgow before finishing their campaign in Wales.

Scotland beat Ireland 15-12 at Donnybrook back in March 2018, when Chloe Rollie scored one of the tries of the season. It was their first away win in the Six Nations since 2006, and remains their most recent Championship victory anywhere: they went on to lose to Italy in the last game of that season, and were beaten in all five fixtures this year.

Doyle, who took over from Shade Munro in the wake of that unsuccessful campaign, has four matches this autumn to get his squad into shape before the Six Nations: two against South Africa, one at the end of this month then another at the start of October, and two at home in November against Wales then Japan.

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Sun 2 Feb: Ireland v Scotland (Donnybrook, 1pm)

Sun 9 Feb: Scotland v England (Scotstoun, 12.10pm)

Sun 23 Feb: Italy v Scotland (Stadio Giovanni Mari, Legnano, 4pm)

Sat 7 Mar: Scotland v France (Scotstoun, 7.45pm)

Sun 15 Mar: Wales v Scotland (Cardiff Arms Park, 1.10pm)

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