In 2019, women’s football in Scotland really gained in popularity when the national team reached their own World Cup and their rugby counterparts looked to participate in their own flagship event for the first time since 2010.
Ahead of the final round of qualifying matches in Parma, Italy – the hosts against Spain at 2 p.m. UK time and Scotland against Ireland at 5 p.m. UK time – the four countries are tied out of five points and any of them could finish first and get a pass to the big one in New Zealand next year.
The team that finished second will take part in a draft round for a World Cup berth and have asked if this was the biggest game in Scottish history, said Easson: “I think that Yes. We’ve been in the World Cup before, but the way the game plays out in the world, in recent history, it’s the biggest game.
“What we can do for women’s football in Scotland, what we can do for Scottish rugby in general is huge, but we have to focus on this game and not look too far ahead of it.
“The extra exposure for the game would be exactly what we need for women’s football.
“We have a young team and to have more girls and women playing across the country because we’re getting to the World Cup would really take the sport to the next level.”
Easson has given himself the luxury of appointing a starting XV unchanged from the one who beat Spain last Sunday.
Second row Emma Wassell will win her 50th cap – “a terrific role model and player,” Easson says – and Sarah Bonar is added to the bench.
Team: C Rollie; R Lloyd, H Smith, L Thomson, M Gaffney; H Nelson, J Maxwell; L Bartlett, L Skeldon, C Belisle, E Wassell, L McMillan, R Malcolm (C), R McLachlan, J Konkel. Subtitles: M Wright, L Cockburn, K Dougan, S Bonar, E Gallagher, M McDonald, S Law, A Evans.