Scottish-based team to play in pilot Celtic Challenge competition
It will be staged as a pilot event ahead of the 2023 TikTok Six Nations. Each team will play two home and two away games.
The ambition is to launch a six-team tournament in 2024 featuring two sides from each union.
Scottish Rugby will be represented by The Thistles, with the coaching set-up to be confirmed in the new year. The squad will be made up of players from the Scottish Futures programme, the Tennent’s Premiership, and home-based contracted players.
It was announced last week that 28 Scottish women’s players had been given full-time professional contracts, 24 of whom play in England.
The Thistles v Welsh Development XV (21 or 22 Jan, venue TBC)
Combined Provinces XV v The Thistles (4 Feb, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast)
Welsh Development XV v The Thistles (11 Feb, Cardiff Arms Park)
The Thistles v Combined Provinces XV (25 Feb, venue TBC)
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