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Internationals return as Lightning head back to the Gardens

Loughborough Lightning will return to cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens this weekend, and are bolstered by their international players as they take on Gloucester-Hartpury on Sunday. 

After securing a romping 70-5 win over Wasps last time out in the league, Lightning get back to Allianz Premier 15s action this Sunday – with a host of internationals returning from TikTok Women’s Six Nations duty.

Fresh from claiming the Grand Slam, Red Roses stars Morwenna Talling, Sadia Kabeya, Helena Rowland and Cath O’Donnell are all named in Rhys Edwards’ matchday 23 for the clash with Gloucester, as Lightning go in search of their third win of the season in Northampton.

Likewise, Loughborough’s Scotland internationals also return – with Christine Belisle, Helen Nelson, Chloe Rollie, Leah Bartlett and captain Rachel Malcolm pulling on the African Violet shirt. 

And winger Carys Williams-Morris also marks her return to Lightning’s side after featuring for Wales at the Six Nations across April. 

There is also space for in-form forwards Katie Trevarthen, Bryony Field, Lilli Ives Campion and Sara Svoboda in the starting XV, while scrum-half Megan Davey, centre Emma Hardy and wing Bulou Mataitoga round off the starting line-up. 

Tickets for the clash on Sunday are still available from just £7 adult / £3 junior*. While Sunday’s match is not included in Saints’ 22/23 Season Ticket package, Northampton Season Ticket Holders can enjoy discounted prices for Loughborough’s matches. These can be accessed by signing into your Season Ticket account before purchasing. 

LOUGHBOROUGH LIGHTNING vs GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY
Sunday 14 May, 2023
Allianz Premier 15s
Kick-off: 3pm

15 Chloe Rollie
14 Bulou Mataitoga
13 Emma Hardy
12 Helen Nelson
11 Carys Williams-Morris
10 Helena Rowland
9 Megan Davey

1 Katie Trevarthen
2 Bryony Field
3 Christine Belisle
4 Lilli Ives Campion
5 Morwenna Talling
6 Rachel Malcolm (c)
7 Sadia Kabeya
8 Sara Svoboda

Replacements:
16 Maja Meuller
17 Leah Barlett
18 Grace Clifford
19 Cath O’Donnell
20 Sally Williams
21 Jess Weavers
22 Carmela Morrall
23 Georgie Lingham

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