Reigning champions Saracens Women welcome Wasps FC Ladies to Allianz Park for a Tyrrells Premier 15s play-off semi-final showdown. Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets are available.
Saracens Women have had another dominant campaign in the Premier 15s finishing top of the table after after 18 rounds of the regular season. Now it’s time for knockout rugby as they welcome Wasps FC Ladies who finished in fourth place.
With an unbeaten home record – finishing with a 64-0 win flourish against Firwood Waterloo Ladies – Saracens Women start as firm favourites this afternoon. England player Sarah McKenna (pictured below) is one of a host of internationals on show for the Allianz Park side. That said Saracens are unlikely to underestimate the visitors, Wasps FC Ladies finishing the current season in fantastic form and one of only two sides to beat Saracens Women last season in a tense encounter at Twyford Avenue. This afternoon Wasps feature England players Abigail Dow and Claudia MacDonald alongside Welsh international Gemma Rowland in their backline with experienced ex-England international Claire Purdy returning in the forwards.
Food and drink will be available today in the 100 Club which also hosts an exclusive Q&A pre-match with members of the Saracens Women squad. At half-time there will be a “Challenge Saracens Women” competition on the pitch and post-match there will be pitch-side interview with the Saracens Women player of the match with post-match interviews in the 100 Club featuring members of the Saracens Women coaching team and members of the matchday team.
Will Saracens Women or Wasps FC Ladies progress through to the final and chance to claim the biggest trophy in English women’s club rugby? Get your tickets now as all roads lead to Allianz Park to find out. The winners of today’s match progress to the Grand Final which is at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens ground on Saturday 27 April. Waiting to meet them will be the winner of Harlequins Ladies and Loughborough Lighting who meet at Twickenham Stoop this Sunday.
Gate A open at 1pm. Kick-off is at 3pm.
Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
Tickets on the day (cash only) are available on the gate.
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, with the top four teams going through to the play-offs. The winners of the two semi-finals this season will progress to the final at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens ground on Saturday 27 April. The play-off final winners will be crowned this year’s Premier 15s champions.
The Premier 15s teams for season 2018/2019 are Bristol Bears Women, Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Firwood Waterloo Ladies, Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC, Harlequins Ladies, Loughborough Lightning, Richmond FC, Saracens Women, Wasps FC Ladies, Worcester Valkyries
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 Ladies (based in Guildford and Twickenham Stoop).