Oct 26, 2018
Team News: Saracens Women vs Gloucester-Hartpury Women
Head coach Alex Austerberry has made four changes to his side to face Gloucester-Hartpury Women on Sunday as they look to return to winning ways.
The Women in Black won their first five Tyrrells Premier 15s fixtures of the season but lost to Harlequins last Saturday, and injuries to two key players at the Twickenham Stoop rubbed salt into the wounds.
Lock Sonia Green broke her right leg just before half-time and scrum-half Georgie Gulliver suffered a hand injury, so they are replaced by Lauren Newman and Emma Swords respectively this weekend.
Saracens are buoyed by the return of hooker Jodie Rettie from international duty with Scotland, however, who replaces May Campbell, and Kay Searcy comes in for Rosie Galligan, who drops to the bench.
Austerberry said: "The game on Sunday is the perfect opportunity for us to bounce back and put in a performance that illustrates to ourselves who and what we are.
"Questions have been asked of us, but the questions we are looking to answer are the ones we have posed ourselves. The game against Gloucester-Hartpury will be a battle. They play an attacking brand of rugby and this challenge is one that excites the entire group."
Saracens Women side to face Gloucester-Hartpury Women at Allianz Park on Sunday 28 October (15H45 KO):
FORWARDS (1-8): Bryony Cleall, Jodie Rettie, Hannah Botterman, Lauren Newman, Kay Searcy, Vicky Fleetwood, Marlie Packer, Poppy Cleall (VC)
BACKS (9-15): Emma Swords, Lauren Cattell, Lotte Clapp (C), Hannah Casey, Cara Wardle, Georgie Lingham, Sarah McKenna
REPLACEMENTS: May Campbell, Elle Perry, Hannah Duffy, Rosie Galligan, Anna Stodter, Eloise Hayward, Ellie Boatman
The Saracens Women Development XV will play Gloucester Hartpury’s second XV beforehand.
Development XV (13H00 KO):
FORWARDS (1-8): Jude Stephenson, Scarlett Cooper-Wall, Sophia John, Kat Robinson, Lucy Williams, Lauryn Dacres-Kamm, Sarah Bebbington (C), Harriet Austin
BACKS (9-15): Rebecca Bushell,Anna Goddard, Bluebell, Sophie Tyler, Maddie Vaughan-Johncey, Izzy Carroll, Mel Lancaster
REPLACEMENTS: Jen Orriss, Jeanina Loyola, Claire-Aimee Grimshaw, Eloise Bloomfield, Kate Bovey