Scotland's Chloe Rollie, Lisa Thomson sign pro contracts

Chloe Rollie, above, and Lisa Thomson, have signed one-year contracts with French club Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois. Warren Little/Getty Images

Scotland Women backs Chloe Rollie and Lisa Thomson have signed one-year professional contracts with French club Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois (LMRCV).

The partnership between Scottish Rugby and LMRCV will see both play in the French Top 8 this season alongside international teammate Jade Konkel, who moved to the club earlier this month.

Rollie, 22, and Thomson, 19, will become full-time Stage 3 players in the Scottish Rugby Academy and will be available for international selection while they look to help LMRCV regain the Top 8 title they won in 2016.

"Becoming a full-time rugby player is something I've always wanted. It came around a bit quicker than expected. It's good for the women's game as it gives the young ones something to aspire to," Thomson said.

"Playing in the Top 8 is going to be a good test. It'll be a consistently high standard week-in-week-out and we'll have a lot more rugby-based training over there with team and gym sessions every day."