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Lightning name side for Gardens clash against Harlequins

Director of Rugby Rhys Edwards has named his Loughborough Lightning side to take on Harlequins at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday afternoon (kick-off: 2pm).

Loughborough won on their debut at the stadium back in February, when they edged out Exeter Chiefs 28-25 in a nail-biting rollercoaster of a clash as part of a double header of fixtures alongside Northampton Saints.

But Lightning run out at the Gardens for a standalone women’s fixture for the very first time this weekend, rounding off their Allianz Premier 15s campaign against the defending champions in Northampton.

England centurion and former World Player of the Year Emily Scarratt will lead out Lightning at the Gardens and starts at centre, with Red Roses teammate Helena Rowland selected at fly-half.

Megan Davey wears the No.9 jersey while Scarratt is joined in the Loughborough midfield by Scotland’s Helen Nelson, and Georgie Lingham, Bo Westcombe-Evans and USA fullback Bulou Mataitoga complete the back three.

Up front, England hooker Lark Davies packs down with Katie Trevarthen and Charli Jacoby either side of her.

Abby Duguid and Lilli Ives Campion line-up in the engine room for Lightning, and an explosive back row of Courtney Holtkamp, Sadia Kabeya – who scored two match-winning tries for Lightning on her last visit to the Gardens – and Sara Svoboda round off the starting XV.

“This will be the second time we’ve played at the Gardens,” said Saints’ Women’s Rugby Ambassador and England No.8 Sarah Hunter, who will be in her coaching capacity with Loughborough this weekend while she recovers from injury.

“We had a great game against Exeter and it was a really tight game that we eventually won, and we hope people will come down and support us again.

“The fanbase that we’re growing at Loughborough Lightning is amazing and I know there will be a lot of Northampton supporters there also. We’re looking forward to a lot of people supporting us in our last domestic game of the season.”

Don’t miss out on live rugby from cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens this Saturday from 2pm!

Season Ticket Holders can attend for FREE using their regular Season Ticket cards, and will receive 50 bonus Saints Rewards points for attending the game.

Tickets are available to purchase now for £7 adults / £3 juniors* – if you haven’t already secured yours, please CLICK HERE to purchase now.

LOUGHBOROUGH LIGHTNING vs HARLEQUINS
Allianz Premier 15s, Round 18
Saturday 14 May 2022
cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens
Kick-off: 2pm

15 Bulou Mataitoga
14 Bo Westcombe-Evans
13 Emily Scarratt (c)
12 Helen Nelson
11 Georgie Lingham
10 Helena Rowland
9 Megan Davey

1 Katie Trevarthen
2 Lark Davies (vc)
3 Charli Jacoby
4 Abby Duguid
5 Lilli Ives Campion
6 Courtney Holtkamp
7 Sadia Kabeya
8 Sara Svoboda

Replacements:
16 Bryony Field
17 Gill Bourke
18 Detysha Harper
19 Iona Antwis
20 Hallie Taufoou
21 Eloise Hayward
22 Emma Hardy
23 Carys Williams

* All ticket prices are subject to a £1.50 booking fee.

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