Glasgow Warriors | Celtic Challenge

Glasgow Warriors wrote another chapter in the illustrious history of the club in 2023, as the club's inaugural women's squad took to the field for the very first time.

With the expansion of the Celtic Challenge for the 2023/24 season seeing Scotland, Ireland and Wales contribute two teams apiece for the first time, Glasgow Warriors made their debut in the competition on Saturday 30 December 2023, running out to take on Edinburgh at Hive Stadium.

Chris Laidlaw was named as the squad’s inaugural Head Coach, the former Scotland Club XV and Boroughmuir fly-half also serving as one of Scottish Rugby’s three Performance Development coaches for the women’s and girls Regional Training Centres.

Former Scotland prop Lindsey Smith was appointed as Forwards Coach, with Glasgow Warriors and Scotland hooker Fraser Brown looking after defence.

A third former Scotland international, Megan Kennedy, and Stuart Lewis were appointed as Assistant Coaches, working with the club across the Celtic Challenge.

Core Squad

A core squad of 30 players was announced prior to the Celtic Challenge, with 10 clubs represented across the squad.

Glasgow Warriors squad for the 2023/24 Celtic Challenge


Chloe Brown (Stirling County)
Eilidh Fleming (Stirling County)*
Kaylee Fraser (Corstorphine Cougars)
Debbie Lee (Hillhead Jordanhill)
Hannah McMahon (Edinburgh University)
Ailie Tucker (Watsonian FC)


Karis Craig (Watsonian FC)*
Nikki Simpson (Garioch)*

Second Rowers

Holland Bogan (Stirling County)*
Eve Thomson (Hillhead Jordanhill)*
Ellie Williamson (West of Scotland)*

Back Rowers

Sophie Anderson (Watsonian FC)
Megan Hyland (Garioch)*
Alex Love (West of Scotland)
Alison Orr (Biggar)
Kirsty Ritchie (Biggar)*
Emma Turner (Corstorphine Cougars)
Lucy Winter (Watsonian FC)


Rhea Clarke (Edinburgh University)*
Rebekah Douglas (Corstorphine Cougars)*


Ceitidh Ainsworth (Stirling County)*
Carla McDonald (Hillhead Jordanhill)*


Pearl Kellie (Heriot’s Blues)
Lucy MacRae (Edinburgh University)*
Claudia McClaren (Stirling County)

Back Three

Charlotte Burrows (Garioch)*
Roma Fraser (Hillhead Jordanhill)*
Sky Phimister (Stirling County)*
Pheadra Snailham (Stewartry Sirens)
Beth Tobin (Hillhead Jordanhill)

*Scottish Rugby Regional Training Centre supported player.

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