Rugby Union

Gloucester-Hartpury head to Richmond after the break

Jan 12, 12:29 pm

After a break for the Festive period, the Tyrrells Premier 15s resumes this weekend, with Gloucester-Hartpury Women facing a testing trip to Richmond.

After a good start to the campaign, Gloucester-Hartpury will be looking to get back to winning ways and are able to select two international props in Sarah Bern and Sasha Acheson.

Both are returning after injury, with Acheson making her debut for the club after moving from Bristol.

Ceri Large will skipper the side with Courtney Gill named as vice-captain. Bern, Bianca Blackburn, Ellie Kildunne and Kelly Smith, who were all recently named in an England training camp squad, will all start.

Appleby confirmed:

“We are looking forward to getting our season back underway after a long Christmas break.

“I’m excited to give Sasha her first start, Sasha is a powerful and experienced player who brings something different to a game. I’m also pleased to welcome back Sarah Bern who has had a long lay off with injury.

“We have a new combination in the midfield – Tat and Sophie have performed really well in the A team and deserve their opportunity.

“Sarah Kilmister is part of our junior programme, she played her first game of senior rugby last week and was excellent, so also deserves an opportunity.

“Richmond are a good side with some excellent players. We have been excellent at times this season, but have lacked accuracy in our execution, and we have not performed consistently for 80 minutes in any game.

“We are hoping to rectify this on Sunday and make a really strong start to 2018.”

Gloucester-Hartpury Women:

1. Sasha Acheson
2. Ellie Gilbert
3. Sarah Bern
4. Molly Morrissey
5. Courtney Gill (VC)
6. Georgia Bradley
7. Tabitha Copson
8. Abi Burton
9. Bianca Blackburn
10. Ceri Large (C)
11. Kelly Smith
12. Tatyana Heard
13. Sophie Tandy
14. Ellie Underwood
15. Ellie Kildunne

Replacements:

16. Sarah Kilmister
17. Laura Swan
18. Gemma Sharples
19. Beth Lewis
20. Taz Bricknell
21. Sarah Nicholas
22. Mary Ann Gittings

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