Scotland will take part in the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 12 years; Coach Bryan Easson named an even split of 16 forwards and 16 backs in his squad; Rachel Malcolm will continue to lead the team

Last update: 09/15/22 2:01 p.m.

Scotland will be back in the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 12 years.

Scotland women’s head coach Bryan Easson has named a 32-man squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Easson opted for an even split in his squad, with 16 forwards and 16 backs chosen.

The Rugby World Cup will be a historic experience for every member of this squad, with Scotland returning to the competition for the first time in 12 years.

Rachel Malcolm will continue as captain throughout the tournament – a role the flanker has assumed since 2018.

Malcolm will be supported in her leadership role by Loughborough Lightning vice-captain and teammate Helen Nelson.

Continuing with his current captain, Easson said: “Rachel and Helen are both very good leaders and highly respected by the group. They speak incredibly well on the pitch but also off the pitch.

“We’ve worked hard to try to develop leaders across the team, but having Rachel and Helen leading the group is fantastic.”

Emma Orr is the youngest member of the named squad and Emma Wassell is the most experienced with 57 caps to her name.

Experienced stars such as Jade Konkel-Roberts, Lana Skeldon, Sarah Law and Chloe Rollie also make the squad as excitement for the tournament builds.

“We’re all incredibly excited for the month ahead. I think it’s been a long time coming and it was exactly this time last year that we were in Italy trying to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. rugby, so it took a year.” Raison added.

“I am extremely honored to be named our team for the Rugby World Cup and would like to express my gratitude to all of the management team who have worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to get us to this point.

“A lot of discussions have taken place, a lot of players have also played over the last year, so the process around that was to make sure we had the right players.

“The selection was difficult as the players trained exceptionally hard over the summer, and obviously the return of the players from the Commonwealth Games was also exciting for us.

“Everyone should be incredibly proud to have been selected for the tournament and I know the team and management are ready for the challenge ahead.”

Scotland squad for Rugby World Cup 2021: Leah Bartlett, Christine Belisle, Sarah Bonar, Elliann Clarke, Katie Dougan, Evie Gallagher, Jade Konkel-Roberts, Rachel Malcolm (c), Rachel McLachlan, Louise McMillan, Lyndsay O’Donnell, Lana Skeldon, Jodie Rettie, Emma Wassell, Molly Wright, Anne Young, Shona Campbell, Megan Gaffney, Coreen Grant, Sarah Law, Rhona Lloyd, Caity Mattinson, Mairi McDonald, Liz Musgrove, Helen Nelson (vc), Emma Orr, Chloe Rollie, Eilidh Sinclair, Hannah Smith, Meryl Smith, Lisa Thomson, Evie Wills