Welcome Lisa to the team, our new Strength and Conditioning coach. Not only did Lisa receive her 1st Scottish cap, but in the same week she was offered two new jobs of which she happily accepted both. Lisa joined the Strength and Conditioning team here at the gym and also joined Northumbria University Strength and Conditioning team.
Having only been involved with the Scotland Women’s rugby squad for a few months, Lisa never imagined she would be playing her first capped game so early on. After two training camps she was selected in the starting 15 to play against Italy in Scotland’s first autumn international test match in Calvisano on 4th November. Lisa was incredibly overwhelmed by the opportunity and hugely honored to be playing for her country. It had been her ambition since she started playing Rugby to play internationally and it was finally happening.
It was a very tough game in which Scotland had a disappointing loss of 38-0, failing to convert their attacking opportunities into points and making a few too many easy mistakes. Lisa played 65 minutes at loose head prop before being substituted. She was happy to have got some decent game time under her belt after feeling very anxious about her first test match.
Scotland improved upon this performance against Canada who are ranked 4th in the world on 27th November coming away with a narrow loss of 25-28. It was an incredible experience playing at Scotland’s home ground at Scotstoun Stadium in front of over 2000 people and with her family and friends there to support her. You may have heard Lisa speak and be thinking how does she qualify for Scotland? Well she has too very proud Scottish parents and grandparents.
Lisa is now in preparation for the six nations and is fully focusing on becoming as fit as possible. Scotland has a warm-up game against Spain at the end of January before their six nations campaign begins against Italy at their home ground Scotstoun, Glasgow on Friday 1st February 2019. We will all be supporting Lisa in her quest to win more caps.