Borders College

High spirits for Scotland Women U18s in Europe Rugby 7s

Two HND Coaching and Developing Sport students at Borders College recently played for the Scotland Women Under 18s 7s squad in the ‘Rugby Europe 7s Trophy’ at the Estadi Nacional in Andorra.  Anna Forsyth (from Peebles) and Morven Rough (from Perth) represented their country in the weekend tournament which saw the Scotland side claim bronze.

Borders College students Anna Forsyth and Morven Rough

Pictured are Anna Forsyth and Morven Rough.

On day one, the squad placed at the top of Pool B following comfortable wins over Ukraine, Georgia and Andorra, and on day two their win over Andorra placed them third overall.  Head Coach, Louise Dalgliesh said:

“We’re delighted to come away with third-place in our first ever Rugby Europe Trophy.”

Anna, who is playing for Watsonians FC this season and has only been involved in rugby for a year, started for each of Scotland’s games in Andorra and scored eight tries for the squad during the tournament.  She hailed the whole weekend as a great experience adding that it was her first time playing in another country.

“It was a good set up and I really enjoyed it – all the participating teams were staying in the same hotel only 5 minutes away from the stadium and there was a really sociable atmosphere.”

Morven, a dual-registered player for both Howe Harlequins (in Cupar) and Watsonians FC, unfortunately only got to play one game after sustaining a concussion in the first game.  However, this did not dampen her spirits:

“As soon as we came off the pitch, even when we had lost a game, no-one had their heads down and everyone was in high spirits all weekend.”

Both Anna and Morven credit their college course and its involvement with the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy for enabling them to focus on strength and conditioning as well as providing them with more opportunities for skills improvement.  Morven chose to attend Borders College over similar courses elsewhere in Scotland due to the range of opportunity it could offer her.  Both are also set to attend upcoming training camps through the SRU.

The students’ selection on the squad was also recognised by Michelle Ballantyne MSP, who wrote to congratulate them, saying:

“I was pleased to note that the Scotland team recorded several wins while in Andorra and I hope you continue this success as your careers develop.”

Congratulations to Anna and Morven on their recent success, and we look forward to hearing more from them.

Results from the Rugby Europe 7s can be viewed on the Rugby Europe website.

The SRU’s own press release on the tournament can be viewed on the SRU website.

Published: Fri 6th Oct, 2017