Watsonians Ladies Rugby

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Watsonians FC Ladies
Full nameWatsonian Football Club Ladies
Union Scottish Rugby Union
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Ground(s) Myreside
Coach(es)Dave Flynn, Scott Nightingale
League(s) Women's National League Division 1
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Watsonian FC Ladies is a women's rugby union team based in Edinburgh and part of the Scottish Rugby Union. The club is part of with Watsonians RFC and plays at the club's home ground of Myreside Road, Edinburgh.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

Scottish Rugby Union governing body of rugby union in Scotland

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Watsonians have one ladies team who play in the Ladies Tennents Premiership. In season 2018/19 they have also begun a girls section from u12 - u18 level.

Formed in 2001 by a number of players from different clubs around the city, the team played in Premier league for most of their existence and also in National 1- last winning that competition in the 2016/17 season. Following promotion to the Premiership again in 2017/18 Watsonians ladies have established themselves again at that level and in season 2017/18 were runners up in the Sarah Beaney Cup.

Coaches - Dave Flynn, Scott Nightingale

Previous Seasons

2017/18 - Tristan Gray, Scott Nightingale, Dave Flynn

2016/17 - Tristan Gray, Scott Nightingale, Euan Lyster

2015/16 - Tristan Gray

2014/15 - Baz Lawson and Freddie Main

History - Last 5 Years

Season 2012/13 - 5th in Premier League

Season 2013/14 - 6th in Premier League

Season 2014/15 - 6th in National League 1

                             Bowl Winners

Season 2015/16 - 6th in National League 1

                             Plate Winners

Season 2016/17 - 1st in National League 1

                             Cup Quarter Finalists

Season 2017/18 - 5th in Premier League (1st In Prem B split)

                             Cup Finalists

List of Watsonian Ladies Scotland Caps

Lana Skeldon - Nicola Nightingale - Emma Evans - Karen Dunbar - Alex Pratt-- MP Tierney - Jilly McCord - Sarah Mee - Keri Holdsworth - Kath Vass

Gillian McCord is a Scottish former rugby union player who played lock for Royal High Corstorphine RFC and Watsonians Ladies Rugby at a club level, and the Scotland women's national rugby union team. She made her debut as Scottish Captain against Canada in 2007.

Scotland 7s Internationalist Section

Bryony Nelson

See also

Rugby union in Scotland

Rugby union in Scotland is a popular team sport. Scotland's national side today competes in the annual Six Nations Championship and the Rugby World Cup. The first ever international rugby match was played on 27 March 1871, at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh, when Scotland defeated England in front of 4,000 people. Professional clubs compete in the Pro14, European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup, while the Scottish League Championship exists for over 200 amateur and semi-professional clubs, as does a knock-out competition, the Scottish Cup. The governing body, the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), is one of the ten first-tier member nations of World Rugby.

The Scottish National League is an amateur league competition for rugby union clubs in Scotland. It forms the 2nd tier of the Scottish League Championship.

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