The Scottish women dropped one match in each of the first two rounds – losing only to Kyrgyzstan and Mexico, the two teams who would meet in the Homeless World Cup final – and earning a spot competing for the top trophy. Hopes were high as they took the field a second time against Kyrgyzstan, but unfortunately the outcome was the same. The Scots finished in 4th place overall, their best ever finish in the competition.
“I think they’re an inspiration, genuinely, it’s beyond words,” said Jade Konkel, Scotland’s first professional female rugby player, during her visit with the team. “To hear where they’ve been and where they are now – the power that sport’s had to get them where they are now. I’m just in awe of what they’ve achieved.”
The women’s squad has also been nominated for Team of the Year for their “tale of triumph conquering adversity.”
The Scottish men opened with impressive wins over Hong Kong and Bosnia and Herzegovina, losing only once in their opening round. Competition in the second round proved intense, however, and the squad found themselves in the third tier trophy bracket, the Men’s Bowl. After losing their quarter final game to Bulgaria, the squad took their next two matches, earning 21st place overall.
Team Scotland 2016 (Men’s)
Team Scotland 2016 (Women’s)
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