Aug 06, 2018
Saracens Women to begin title defence at Firwood Waterloo Ladies
Saracens Women will begin their defence of the Tyrrells Premier 15s title on the road at Firwood Waterloo Ladies.
The Women in Black’s new campaign kicks-off at the Memorial Ground (17H00) over the weekend of the 8th and 9th September.
The Premier 15s will be played over 18 rounds and culminates with play-offs and a final on 27th April 2019 (venue TBC).
With no promotion or relegation over the first three seasons, there are no changes to the 10 teams within England’s top-flight women’s domestic competition. The competition operates in a league format with home and away fixtures.
In a change to last season, the top four teams will play just one semi-final, hosted at the respective grounds of the first and second ranked team after the conclusion of the league games.
New Sarries Women’s Head Coach Alex Austerberry said: “The announcement of the fixtures is always an exciting day.
“We see the journey we have to take and the challenges we will face if we are to successfully defend our champions crown. It also means the season is soon to start and all the hard work in pre-season will soon be put to the test which is very exciting.”
RFU Head of Women’s Performance Nicky Ponsford said: “We look forward to building on the success of the Tyrrells Premier 15s following a great first season and this promises to be another hugely exciting year for the competition.
“Last year we unearthed talented new players who went on to represent the Red Roses and we look forward to growing our player pool as we continue to raise standards, further developing the links between club and country.”
Ponsford added: “The standard of rugby last season was excellent and we look forward to continuing to work with the clubs to deliver the highest level of competition.”
Tyrrells' Marketing Manager, Sarah Lawson, said: "We were incredibly proud to sponsor the inaugural elite women’s rugby competition, Tyrrells Premier 15s.
“The partnership between Tyrrells and the RFU is a union of two much loved and iconic English brands, working together to inspire more women to take part in rugby. The first year has been such a huge success – and with our support, the Tyrrells Premier 15s will continue to help the RFU increase participation and interest in the women’s game, as well as continue to strengthen and grow the England Women’s rugby team.
“We are sure this season is going to be just as exciting as the last and we are looking forward to seeing who takes home the trophy in 2019.”
Saracens Women’s full fixture list
8/9/18 – Firwood Waterloo Ladies (A – 17H00, Memorial Ground)
15/9 – Worcester Valkyries (H – 14H30, Allianz Park)
22/9 – Darlington Mowden Park Sharks (A – 15H00, Northern Echo Arena)
30/9 – Richmond (A – 15H30, Richmond Athletic Ground)
13/10 – Wasps Ladies (H – 15H45, Allianz Park)
20/10 – Harlequins Ladies (A – 15H00, Twickenham Stoop)
28/10 – Gloucester-Hartpury Women (H – 15H45, Allianz Park)
3/11 – Bristol Bears Women (A – 14H30, Shaftesbury Park)
24/11 – Loughborough Lightning (H - 15H45, Allianz Park)
1/12 – Worcester Valkyries (A – 14H00, Sixways)
8/12 - Darlington Mowden Park Sharks (H – 15H45, Allianz Park)
15/12 – Richmond (H – 15H45, Allianz Park)
22/12 – Wasps Ladies (A – 14H00, Twyford Avenue)
12/1/19 – Harlequins Ladies (H – 15H45, Allianz Park)
19/1 – Gloucester-Hartpury Women (A – 16H30, Hartpury College)
26/1 – Bristol Bears Women (H – 15H45, Allianz Park)
23/3 – Loughborough Lightning (A – TBC, Loughborough University)
30/3 – Firwood Waterloo Ladies (H – 15H00, Allianz Park)