Gloucester-Hartpury Women make changes for trip to Saracens
Looking to build on two comprehensive wins in the Tyrrells Premier 15s, Gloucester-Hartpury travel to Allianz Park on Sunday to take on defending champions, Saracens Women.
There is just one change to the back line where Dyddgu Hywel comes in at full-back, but Head Coach Susie Appleby has reshuffled her forwards.
Sasha Acheson switches from tighthead to loosehead with Scotland international Katie Dougan now wearing the number three shirt. Laura Swan is named at hooker to complete a new look front row.
The final change is in the back row, where Sian Williams moves from number eight to the flank with Shona Powell-Hughes returning to the starting line-up at number eight.
And named amongst the replacements is new signing Heather Fisher.
Appleby is under no illusions about the challenge that lies ahead, but is looking forward to the challenge.
“We are heading up to Saracens on the back of two good wins and the squad are feeling confident. We performed well against Worcester in particular and were the most consistent we have been this season.
“Laura Swan gets her first start of the season having performed well off the bench last week, and Dyddgu Hywel has been training well, I’m keen to see what she can do in combination with Ellie (Underwood) and Kelly (Smith) who have been in electrifying form.
“We are delighted to have Heather Fisher joining us this week. Heather is an outstanding player who will bring a huge amount of experience into our squad, and an awful lot of power on to the pitch. I’m excited to see what she can do alongside our already excellent back row.
“Saracens are a really good side, they are the reigning Tyrrells Premier 15s champions and have power and pace all over the field. They will be smarting after their loss to Quins last week, and determined to make amends.
“Last year when we visited Allianz Park we scored six tries apiece, it was a brilliant game of rugby. Let’s hope we can put on a similar display of running rugby this Sunday.”
15. Dyddgu Hywel; 14. Ellie Underwood, 13. Millie Wood, 12. Tatyana Heard, 11. Kelly Smith; 10. Ceri Large (vice-capt)), 9. Bianca Blackburn; 1. Sasha Acheson, 2. Laura Swan, 3. Katie Dougan; 4. Courtney Gill, 5. Zoe Aldcroft (capt); 6. Sian Williams, 7. Tabs Copson, 8. Shona Powell-Hughes
16. Ranni Samuda, 17. Kelsey Jones, 18. Taz Bricknell, 19. Heather Fisher, 20. Sarah Nicholas, 21. Shauna Bennett, 22. Mary Ann Gittings