🏉 Richmond Women face arguably their biggest home match of the season with the visit of Tyrrells Premier 15s champions Saracens Women. Kick off is at 3pm and tickets are available online.
It’s been a while coming but after an initial postponement of this fixture Richmond Women and Saracens Women finally get to square off at the Athletic Ground.
The Round 10 Premier 15s fixture will be in the spotlight, falling as it does during the Women’s Six Nations campaign when all the other teams are taking a break. And you can expect Saracens Women to come out all guns blazing in the knowledge a win will see them leapfrog Harlequins Women to go top of the table. Meanwhile a win for Richmond Women would be priceless as they look to pull away from bottom club Firwood Waterloo Ladies; just a one point gap separates the sides currently.
Will it be a famous victory for Richmond or will champions Saracens prove too strong? All roads lead to The Rag in south-west London to find out.
The first team fixture will be preceded by Richmond Women 2nd XV vs Saracens Women 2nd XV at 1.30pm.
Previous meeting between the sides: 29 September 2019, Round 2 of the 2019/2020 season. Saracens taking the points with a commanding 46-0 victory.
🗝️ Gates open from 11am with fully stocked bars and food available.
🏉 Kick-off for Richmond Women v Saracens Women is at 3pm. Preceded by Richmond Women 2nd XV v Saracens Women 2nd XV at 1.30pm.
🎟️ Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link. Advance purchases carry a discount for non-members.
🎟️ Tickets on the day available at the gate. Adult standard £5. Adult RFC member + U16s + U21 RFC Member + Member of HM Armed Forces: free on production of appropriate card.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: Richmond is the nearest railway station which is easily accessible from London Waterloo (to the north) as well as the London Overground. The station includes a tube station served by the District Line. The station is a 10 minute walk from the ground. There is car parking available, free of charge, for Richmond Rugby home matches.
About the Premier 15s: The Tyrells Premier 15s is a competition featuring the best club sides in England taking place from August to April and run by the Rugby Football Union (RFU). A top tier of women’s rugby union has existed since 1990 leading to an improvement in England’s fortunes on the international stage which saw the ‘Red Roses’ win the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014 and finish runners up in 2017.
The Premier 15s (also known as Women’s Super Rugby) was launched in September 2017 to support the Red Roses’ ambition to be the number one team in the world. 10 teams were invited to take part in the competition – largely drawn from existing Women’s Premiership teams – which receives a multi-million pound investment from the RFU to help deliver the minimum standards expected and provide high-quality coaching, facilities, training environments and community engagement plans. Saracens Women were the inaugural champions beating London rivals Harlequins in the play-off final.
There is no relegation or promotion for the first three years of the competition and each team plays each other, both at home and away – over a total of 18 rounds – with the top four teams going through to the play-offs. The winners of the two semi-finals progress to the Grand Final in April 2020, which in 2019 was held at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens ground.
The play-off final winners will be crowned the 2019/2020 Premier 15s champions. The current champions are Saracens Women who beat Harlequins 33-17 last April at Franklin’s Gardens.
The Premier 15s teams for season 2019/2020 are Bristol Bears Women, Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Firwood Waterloo Ladies, Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC, Harlequins Women, Loughborough Lightning, Richmond FC, Saracens Women, Wasps FC Ladies and Worcester Warriors.
In the London area there are 4 teams to watch; Saracens Women (who play their home matches at Allianz Park), Wasps Ladies (Twyford Sports), Richmond Women (based at Richmond Athletic Ground) and Harlequins Women (based in Guildford and Twickenham Stoop).