Rhona Lloyd scores a hat-trick for Scotland

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Capital-based rugby prospect Rhona Lloyd admits she cannot stop smiling after lighting up Scotland Women’s non-cap international against Spain with a hat-trick of tries.

The 19-year-old, who plays domestically for Murrayfield Wanderers and the University of Edinburgh, is one of a number of teenage talents in Valladolid with the full international squad for a training camp.

Head coach Shade Munro and his backroom staff are building a new-look squad for the Six Nations in February and March and former Tynecastle High School pupil Lloyd looks certain to win her first caps in that event.

On Sunday the winger, who played for the under-20s last term, was handed a starting spot against Spain and ran in her first try after 12 minutes.

“When I was told that I would be starting the match I couldn’t quite believe it to be honest and in the lead up to the kick-off I was very nervous,” Lloyd said. “The senior players tried to calm me down, but even after the game started I was still a bit nervous until I managed to get my hands on the ball and score quite early on.

“That settled me down and in the first half the team played some really good rugby.

“I then managed to get my second try after the break, but late on I could hear that the coaches were wanting to take me off. That was with about four minutes to go, but thankfully I managed to get on the ball one last time before coming off and completed my hat-trick.

“After the final whistle we were all in a bit of a daze and we were delighted with th©e way we had played to win 34-10.

“The first thing I did was to phone my dad because he has been such a big support to me in my rugby over the last few years.”

Lloyd believes the spirit and the talent in the squad can now help Scotland to perform better in the Six Nations.

She said: “The camp in Spain has been great because it has allowed us to fully focus on our rugby and to work on a lot of things.

“We have another training camp in December and I think we can only go from strength-to-strength now and I am enjoying being part of it.”