Scotland centre Emma Orr will play in Premiership Women’s Rugby next season having signed for Bristol Bears.  

The 21-year-old centre has made 19 appearances for her country, scoring four tries, having made her debut in April 2022. 

Orr first started playing rugby at primary school before joining Biggar, then Heriot's in the Scottish Premiership. 

She also played for Edinburgh during this year's Celtic Challenge. 

But now she’s heading to Bristol where she will link up with international colleagues Elliann Clarke, Lana Skeldon, Evie Gallagher and Meryl Smith.  

She admitted the decision to leave home was difficult, but is looking forward to the new challenge. 

Scotland Rugby News: Orr will play alongside her Scotland team-mates Elliann Clarke and Evie Gallagher at BristolOrr will play alongside her Scotland team-mates Elliann Clarke and Evie Gallagher at Bristol (Image: SNS)

Orr said: “Leaving home has been a huge decision but I really wanted to try playing in a new league and develop as a person as well as a player.” 

In a video shared on Bristol Bears’ website, Orr added: “It is so nice to finally be here. The facilities here are incredible, just world-class, so I’m so excited to get started. 

“I love distributing and putting other people in space, and to see the Bears backline and to hopefully be involved in that, I’m so excited to get stuck in.” 

Orr explained the deal was a long time coming, and praised her international colleagues for helping show her the city. 

“Those girls have been so helpful showing me the ropes and taking me under their wing. I’m really lucky to have them here and looking forward to playing alongside them.” 

Asked about her goals for next season, Orr – one of the Scots who must be in consideration for the inaugural women’s Lions team in 2027 if she maintains her current form – says she wants to keep getting better.  

“It’s obviously quite an important year in terms of the World Cup next summer so the main goal is to push myself and train with some of the best players in the world, and to play in this league is going to be so exciting.” 

Dave Ward, head coach of the Bristol Bears women’s side, was delighted to secure Orr’ signature.  

Scotland Rugby News: Bristol Bears head coach Dave WardBristol Bears head coach Dave Ward (Image: PA)

He said: “Emma is an exceptional talent who has shone on the international stage over the last two years. 

“She is someone who we have watched and admired for a while, and we are delighted that she has agreed to join the Bears. 

“We know she will add competition to an incredibly competitive area of our team, and we are very excited to see her in a Bears shirt.”