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GCU student represents Scotland at Six Nations

Written by on 5th February 2019

Fraser Nicoll and Abbie Meehan

Rachel McLachlan, second-year physiotherapy student at Glasgow Caledonian university, was part of the Scotland squad to take on Italy on Friday night.

The tie was part of the opening round of fixtures in the women’s six nations championships.

However, Scotland lost out to their Italian visitors 28-7 in front of a home crowd at Scotstoun.

GCU Rugby Rachel McLachlan

Rachel said: “There were some real positives to our game on Friday against Italy.

“The final score was unfortunate but as a team we all worked really hard and are showing improvement every time we play together.

“We’ll take this into the next game and keep building on our performances.”

McLachlan is vice-captain for the university rugby team and also plays for West of Scotland.

“I try and look at every game with the same attitude whether it be club level or international. You’re there to work hard for your team and execute your role.

“You’re representing something, club or country, so I try and work just as hard in whatever game it is.”

Rachel only began playing rugby when she started at GCU in 2017.

She said: “When I came to uni I knew I wanted to join a sports team and try something new.

GCU Rugby Rachel McLachlan

“Rugby just appealed to me as it was physical and aggressive, a lot like judo which I had done since I was 7.

“It was difficult to just leave judo behind but once I started rugby I just knew that’s what I wanted to do and how I wanted to spend my time.

“I’d say sport has brought me a lot of determination, mentally. If I want something I want to drive to get it, especially in sport.

Rachel trains in skill sessions and goes to the gym at least 4 times a week.

She says this helps her increase her endurance and fitness, while still being able to study for her degree.

“The best advice I could give any student or student athlete is try to stay on top of work. There’s definitely been times where I haven’t and it’s shown in my work or sport.

“Even small things like organising your bag for training the next morning, makes a huge difference. It’s one less thing to think about so you can focus on your training and academics.

“It’s certainly not easy, but if you want it enough you’ll accept the sacrifices and try your best at both.”

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