Chloe ready to Roll up her sleeves on a big day for women’s rugby

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Scotland Women’s full-back Chloe Rollie wants the side to stay focused as a unit on Tuesday evening when they take on Canada at Scotstoun (7pm).

The Scots got off to a poor start in Italy earlier in the month and never recovered, losing 38-0, but Rollie believes they have learnt lessons from that opening Autumn Test loss.

And as the 23-year-old Borderer gets ready to win her 24th cap she said:  “We have been focusing on how we can build as a team ahead of the Six Nations and right our wrongs from Italy and build from there again.

Chloe Rollie

“It was just a bit of everything really [that went wrong in Italy], there were no major points, just a lot of little things that are easily fixed.

“In the first 10 minutes we made a few mistakes and I think as the game went on we did get into it, but it was just too late, we have to adapt quicker. We have learnt from the Italy game and have been working on it.

“In this game and against Spain in January I want us to focus on us as a team, to focus on our game plan and how we want to play, to focus on our individual skills and just get gelling as a team so that we have a strong base for the start of the Six Nations.”

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Rollie is now in her second season playing professionally in France at Lille and she feels the experience has helped her on and off the pitch.

“I think now I can think a lot more on my feet, adapt a lot quicker to game situations and the experience at a higher level and being abroad has helped me to grow quicker,” she explained.

“Chris Paterson was someone I looked up to and tried to be like when younger – the kicking side of things, the defence, just all of it – and I think [the way he played] suits the kind of game I play.

“Nowadays Darcy [Graham] is similar in a lot of ways [to me], I look up to him and he was great on the sevens circuit [last year for Scotland].”

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The match against world number four Canada sees 19-year-old back-row Rachel McLachlan earning a first start.

McLachlan is one of two changes to the Scotland starting XV, key No.8 Jade Konkel back after a long-term shoulder injury to win her 33rd cap.

Sarah Bonar is out with injury while Louise McMillan is on the bench.

Prop Mairi Forsyth and winger Bryony Nelson could debut from the replacements too, but the Scots know they need to vastly improve from their loss in Calvisano to Italy last time out.

“The players didn’t perform the way that they should have or the way that we trained to perform [in Italy], they kind of just went into their shells and didn’t come back out again,” head coach Shade Munro said.

“If we go into the game against Canada with that same mentality, we’re in big trouble. It’s very important that we start the game well.”

The match is live on BBC ALBA and will form part of a celebration of women and girls rugby.

Shawlands Academy and Biggar High School go head to head in schools finals at 2pm (under-15s) and 3.30pm (under-18s).

Scotland Women’s squad: Chloe Rollie; Lauren Harris, Lisa Thomson (C), Helen Nelson, Abi Evans; Lisa Martin, Mhairi Grieve; Lisa Cockburn, Lana Skeldon, Megan Kennedy, Emma Wassell, Nicola Howat, Siobhan Cattigan, Rachel McLachlan, Jade Konkel. Subs: Jodie Rettie, Siobhan McMillan, Mairi Forsyth, Lucy Winter, Louise McMillan, Jenny Maxwell, Bryony Nelson, Annabel Sergeant.

Scotland v Canada kicks off at 7pm on Tuesday at Scotstoun and is preceded by the Girls’ Schools Cup under-15s final (2pm) and under-18s final (3.45pm).

Tickets provide entry to all three games and cost £10 for adults or £5 for students and under-18s.

Thanks to Scottish Rugby/SNS for the photos

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