Jul 15, 2015
Saracens Women return to pre-season
Last season was definitely one to remember for the Saracens Women.
Rob Cain’s side notched up a historic league and cup double after two victories over a strong Wasps side in what was a landmark season for the team.
The upcoming season looks to be equally as special as the girls settle in to their new home, one fit for their champions status, at Allianz Park.
The move will see Women’s squad train twice a week at their new home as well as the stadium hosting both their Premiership and Cup matches.
With their eyes firmly on building on last season’s success, the man at the helm, Head Coach Rob Cain, is eager to get the hard work underway,
“I'm really excited to be back into pre-season training this week,” said Cain.
“The key to planning our pre-season campaign is to look forward to our first Premiership game on 6th September against Aylesford and work backwards.
We will look at where we want to be then and in the weeks leading up to that in terms of conditioning and game plans. It gives us an opportunity to test combinations and start building the momentum back up so we hit the ground running.
We have a full schedule prepared and there are lots of exciting plans taking shape in the background. It's an exciting time to be part of Saracens."
Cain’s thoughts were echoed by last season’s victorious Cup captain Sonia Green, who despite the ever-growing competitiveness of the league, has high hopes for the side.
The Number 8 said: “We obviously want to build on last season's success. We play a fast, wide game but want to also focus on building on our solid set piece.
“It is also very important for us to develop our younger players and we will do that by exposing them to high quality games in an elite environment. Having the close link with Allianz enables us to be able to do this in both training and matches.”
One of those younger players is Lotte Clapp. Clapp enjoyed a impressive 2014/2015 season, pairing her try scoring with strong defensive efforts to not only make herself a real asset to the squad but representing England U20 in the process.
With such a successful season behind herself and the team both Clapp and Green are adamant the added pressure isn’t something that fazes them.
“Expectations and standards are driven from within the team, if we deliver on what we are capable of, hopefully results and performances will follow. We won't let external pressure influence what we do,” said the winger.
Green added: “Wearing the shirt always adds pressure on us to perform. Whether it's because people respect the name because of our success as a club, or whether it's because people want to beat us- our opposition, supporters and team-mates always put a pressure on us that we thrive on.”