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🏉 Champions Saracens Women welcome Bristol Bears to Allianz Park for a Tyrrells Premier 15s showdown. Kick-off is at 1.30pm.
Saracens Women have established themselves as the pre-eminent team in the Premier15s (see below for an introduction to the league) since it launched in 2017 and the Allianz Park side are on a mission this season to retain their status and make it an impressive hat-trick of titles.
To date it’s been so far so good for top of the table Saracens their unbeaten record including a stunning come-from-behind win against Harlequins (at a time when both sides were unbeaten) at The Stoop in December – the north London side creating history by staging the biggest comeback in Premier 15s history turning around a half-time deficit of 24 points to eventually prevail 33-27.
Previous meeting between the sides: 21 September 2019. Saracens taking the points in Bristol after a high-scoring encounter ended 35-22 in favour of the visitors.
🏉 Kick-off: 1.30pm
🎟️ Tickets in advance (not on sale) are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🎟️ Tickets on the day (not applicable) (cash only) are available on the gate.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: Mill Hill Broadway is the nearest railway station which is easily accessible from Farringdon/London St Pancras (to the south) and St Albans and Luton (to the north). The station is a 5 minute taxi journey from the stadium. Mill Hill East tube station – on the Northern Line – is a 7 minute taxi journey to Allianz Park. If travelling by car the stadium is just 400 metres from Junction 2 of the M1, 12 minutes inside the M25 and right next to the North Circular. Allianz Park offers 800 guest parking spaces.
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).