Apr 27, 2018
Botterman: “I know for sure we are going to come out all guns blazing”
Eighteen year old Hannah Botterman has enjoyed a glittering start to her senior career. The powerhouse prop has been a key cog in the Sarries pack and is looking forward to her first taste of finals rugby as Saracens Women take on Harlequins Ladies this Sunday.
"It’s amazing to have been able to play in the Tyrrells Premier 15s this year and to have gained a starting jersey is a real privilege” said Botterman.
“I didn’t think it would come as soon as it did and I’ve had to work throughout the year to keep it, and it’s humbling that I’ve been able to towards the end of the season.”
The teenager was keen to praise head coach Rob Cain for putting his faith in her and the more junior players in the squad – a move which seems to be paying off in terms of on field performances.
“Rob’s given a lot of us younger ones huge opportunities. Lots of coaches would be sceptical about giving inexperienced players the opportunity to be in the playing squad but he’s allowed us to play the rugby we enjoy playing and I think that’s really paid off, for the team and us as individuals.
Following a blistering start to the Premier 15s campaign, Botterman caught the eye of the England coaches earning a call up to the senior squad during the Autumn Internationals and has also been a key figure in the U20s side alongside many of her Sarries team mates.
“Playing alongside the U20s girls is always fantastic and it’s great to play with players you’re familiar with and want to do well for - the atmosphere and camaraderie is always great throughout the whole team.”
“All the older players have invaluable qualities and that has really helped me and a lot of the girls out this season. Playing alongside the likes of Sonic and Marlie is an incredible opportunity that has really developed me on and off the field. Sonic helps you feel at ease on the pitch - you need someone like that on your team. Marlie has also taught me a lot. She’s been incredibly positive and supportive of me this season. She is a very passionate player and I admire her work rate.”
“The key to our packs success is working together. We train hard, we work for each other and prove to people that our pack has skills outside of set piece time. We have developed our scrummaging and line out skills throughout the season and I think the final is going to be our biggest showcase of the season.
“I know for sure we are going to come out all guns blazing. We have worked so hard this season to end up at the top of the table, and now it comes down to one last push. We have so many competitive individuals, including myself. I want to play well and help showcase how far women’s rugby has come."
Saracens Women play Harlequins Ladies in the Premier 15s final on Sunday 29th April at Ealing Trailfinders, 15h00 KO.
Tickets are available via England Rugby https://www.eticketing.co.uk/rfu/EDP/Event/Index/2423?webSyncID=a7d543e6-cc09-70da-3999-93a9490cddb0&sessionGUID=496a5369-3b18-4d84-c248-2c29351d3b65