Scottish Rugby CEO Mark Dodson is to commission a report looking at how the women’s game operates in Scotland and assessing its overall health.
Following today’s meeting of the 6 Nations Council in Paris – where it was confirmed that the current structure of the Women’s 6 Nations Championship competition would continue after a debate on its future – Scottish Rugby commented that it is determined to improve the performance, culture and standing of women’s rugby in Scotland.
Colin Thomson, Director of Rugby Operations, said: “Recent international XV-a-side results for the Scotland Women’s team within the Six Nations Championship have been deeply disappointing and have clearly illustrated the challenges we face competing at this level.
“We are determined to address this decline and whatever solution is arrived at will be one with the player at its core.
“Mark Dodson, our Chief Executive, is commissioning a report at once looking at how the women’s game operates in Scotland and assessing its overall health.
“The report will be wide-ranging with a key element the need to identify and implement solutions that increase the number of women players, assist their development as athletes and ensure they can perform at the highest level.
“Our on-going duty is to work with all concerned to ensure we do our best to equip our women rugby players to be the very best they can be and perform with distinction in a Scotland jersey.”
Scotland were heavily involved in the proposals to split the 6 Nations tournament in two, which have been rejected.
Scotland will compete at the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in Spain to attempt to secure a place at the 2014 World Cup in France.