Sep 09, 2016
Saracens Women Name Team For Season Opener
Saracens Women have named their side to face DMP Sharks in round one of the Women’s Premiership on Sunday at Allianz Park, kick-off 13h00.
Rob Cain has selected a blend of youth and experience for Saracens Women’s Premiership opener vs DMP Sharks on Sunday.
Hooker Geri Thomas starts at hooker and is joined upfront by England under 20 El Perry and Mica Evans on her Premiership debut.
It’s a new look second row as debutant Charlotte Fredrickson packs down alongside Scotland international, Anna Stodter. The dynamic backrow partnership of captain and no. 8 Sonia Green and openside flanker Lauren Newman is re-established with the addition of Becky Roby at blindside.
Saracens stalwart April Brown starts at scrumhalf partnering Nina Vistisen who fills the flyhalf jersey.
French flyer Seraphine Okemba returns from a year away with the national 7s team, to team up with Georgia Peedle in the centres. New signing Garnet MacKinder who has flourished for Saracens over the summer sevens period and was named ‘Player of the Series’ starts on the right wing with Laura Dowsett on the left. Experienced fullback Charlotte Barras rounds out the starting XV.
Speaking ahead of the game, Cain said: “Our pre season has all been about energy and taking opportunities and our squad for our first game reflects that. Lots of new faces with debuts from Fred, Garnet, Lucie and Chrissy and it's great that we have so much competition. I am very excited to see the return of Seraphine Okemba and her combination with new arrival Garnet Mackinder. Competition for jerseys has been fierce and this group gets the first crack of holding down the shirt before anyone else. “
1. El Perry
2. Geri Thomas
3. Mica Evans
4. Charlotte Fredrickson
5. Anna Stodter
6. Becky Roby
7. Lauren Newman
8. Sonia Green
9. April Brown
10. Nina Vistisen
11. Laura Dowsett
12. Georgia Peedle
13. Seraphine Okemba
14. Garnet Mackinder
15. Charlotte Barras
Replacements: Kat Evans, Lucie Wood, Ellie Gattlin, Chrissy Siczowa, Rachael Potter
Saracens Women vs DMP Sharks, 13h00 kick off. Entry is free.