Helen Nelson (born 24 May 1994) is a Scottish rugby union player & the national team’s current vice-captain. Helen plays her club rugby for PWR side Loughborough Lightning.
She has played 53 times for Scotland and was captain for the team at the 2021 Women’s Six Nations Championship in their winning match against Wales. She was also the captain of the Scotland Rugby Union Sevens Captain from 2018 to 2019 and has also been a member of the Scottish Alpine Ski Team (2009-2012).
Nelson was first called up to join Scotland for the 2016 Six Nations match against France at Broadwood Stadium. She was awarded player of the match in the first Women’s Rugby World Cup Qualifier against Spain at Scotstoun Stadium in November 2016.
Nelson scored eight points, one try and a penalty, in Scotland’s first away Six Nations victory in the 2018 championship against Ireland.
She was named as one of eight ‘2021’ contracted players by Scottish Rugby ahead of the 2018/19 season moving from Murrayfield Wanderers to French Top 8 club, Montpellier.
Born in Inverness, she first played rugby at the age of six at Lochaber Rugby Club. More recently she was part of the successful Murrayfield Wanderers team who won the 2016/17 league and cup double.
While studying Geophysics and Meteorology at Edinburgh University, she played for the university alongside Murrayfield Wanderers.