Abi­gail named in women’s Six Nations squad

The Oban Times - - Sport -

FOR­MER Oban High School pupil Abi­gail Evans has been named in Scot­land’s 2017 Women’s Six Nations Cham­pi­onship squad.

Abi­gail made her Scot­land de­but for Scot­land in the 2015 Six Nations opener against France.

She will fea­ture along­side 31 other play­ers, in­clud­ing her team­mate and Scottish Rugby’s first full-time fe­male player Jade Konkel.

Ar­gyll and Bute rugby de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, Al­lan Wright, said: ‘Hav­ing Abi­gail play­ing at the top level of rugby in the coun­try is a huge achieve­ment for her per­son­ally and also for Oban High School and Oban Lorne RFC’s Youth Rugby set-ups, where Abi­gail was in­tro­duced to the game.

‘Her in­volve­ment par­tic­u­larly in the Scottish Na­tional Women’s set-up should act as a big in­cen­tive to all girls play­ing rugby across the coun­try and es­pe­cially ru­ral ar­eas such as Ar­gyll and Bute.

‘Cur­rently we have girls play­ing in Oban, Mull, Camp­bel­town, Is­lay and Lochgilp­head.

‘Hope­fully some of the girls in these clubs can fol­low in Abi­gail’s foot­steps in the fu­ture.’

Abi­gail started play­ing rugby while at Oban High School when she was 12 years old. She now plays for Hill­head Jor­dan in the Scottish Na­tional League.

Scot­land Women will open their cam­paign against Ireland Women on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 3.

They will play two fur­ther matches at Broad­wood, which they adopted as their base last year, host­ing Wales on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 24 and Italy on Fri­day March 17.

They will face France on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 11 in La Rochelle (kick- off 8pm GMT) and Eng­land on Satur­day March 11 at The Twick­en­ham Stoop.

All 15 Women’s Six Nations games will be broad­cast live on TV or on­line to help raise the pro­file of the cham­pi­onship.

Abi­gail tain­ing with the Scot­land squad.

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