Your Who's Who of Scotland Women
Get to know five of Scotland’s stand out players from the first two rounds of this year’s TikTok Women’s Six Nations.
Want to know more about the full squad? Check out their player profiles.
Lana Skeldon (59 caps)
Lana scored from close range against Wales on the back of a strong driving maul. She has stood out with her tireless defence in the first two rounds, particularly against Wales, where she completed 32 tackles, more than any other player in the tournament. (For context, the most tackles ever made by one player, male or female, in international rugby is 38.)
The hooker has scored 68 international points throughout her career. Every forward likes to think they can kick, but Lana really can, gaining her points from 9 tries, 10 conversions and one penalty.
Lana represented Scotland Women U15, U16, U18 and U20 before making her full international debut against the Netherlands in 2011. She scored her first international try against Italy in 2018, scoring seven more since that match. She earned her 50th cap against Wales in 2022.
She previously played for DMP Sharks in the Allianz Premier 15s, before moving to Worcester Warriors in September 2021.
This fierce competitor shows a softer side on her Instagram page, Skelpers Scran, where she shares her baking and cooking adventures.
Chloe Rollie (54 caps)
Chloe Rollie is a fullback and a prolific try-scorer, with 17 international tries to her name. She recently made a fantastic return from an injury she sustained against Australia at the Rugby World Cup, scoring a try on her Loughborough Lightning debut, in a 41-7 win over DMP Sharks.
So far in the 2023 TikTok Women’s Six Nations competition, she has scored a try in each of the first two fixtures. Both were stunning efforts, nominated for try of the round, and her 5-pointer against Wales won this honour.
She won her first Scotland cap as outside centre in 2015, then moved to fullback and made the jersey her own: she has started there for 53 of her 54 caps.
Rollie made her Scotland Women 7s debut in the first leg of the 2016 Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Trophy in Prague, scoring eight tries in the process. She has also been part of the wider GB 7s squad, and represented Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Chloe has played her club rugby in Scotland, France and England, starting at Jedburgh, spending two years at Lille Métropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois in France, then winning the Allianz Premier 15s with Harlequins, and playing for Exeter Chiefs before moving to her current club Loughborough Lightning.
Evie Gallagher (15 caps)
Evie Gallagher has impressed upon return from an ankle injury that had her miss out on the Rugby World Cup. She has brought her strength, pace and physicality to the forefront in both games so far, and is a strong presence in the back of the scrum.
Evie first got involved in rugby after attending mini rugby sessions with her local club, Stirling County. With them, she celebrated two back-to-back victories in Girls Club Cup Finals day in 2017 and 2018.
The back-rower has represented Scotland at U18 7s and Scotland U19 level. She also featured in the Scotland 7s team that lifted the silverware after winning all eight games at the 2018 Amsterdam 7s.
Gallagher made her Scotland debut after coming of the bench against England in the 2021 Women’s Six Nations.
Emma Orr (8 caps)
Emma Orr has been troubling oppositions with her incisive lines in the opening two fixtures. She made a great break in the England game, and was centimetres away from scoring 11 minutes in. She has impressed with line breaks and her link-ups with inside centre Meryl Smith.
Emma turned 20 this week, and first started playing rugby in Primary Four. She has been a dedicated player for Biggar since U15, when she helped her side claim the U15 Girls’ Club Cup title at BT Murrayfield Stadium in 2017.
She has played 7s for Scotland at U18 and senior level. In 2022, the teenager was named in the Scotland Women squad for the TikTok Women’s Six Nations, and became an integral part of the squad for the Rugby World Cup.
Francesca McGhie (2 caps)
Francesca McGhie has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks, making her international debut against England at just 19 years old. She impressed on debut, showing flashes of her pace and skill, to earn another start against Wales.
The teenager plays for Watsonian’s, and won the Tennent’s Premiership with them last year.
She started playing rugby in 2018 for East Lothian and Borders’ Girls, moving to Watsonian’s a year later.
Fran is a gifted athlete, and was a Sports Scholar at Loretto School, as well as a dancer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The winger was a stand-out performer for The Thistles earlier this year, having scored five tries in four matches in the inaugural Celtic Challenge competition.
Your Scotland Women are in action at the DAM Health Stadium this April, against Italy (22 April, 4.45pm) and Ireland (29 April, 7.30pm).