TEAM NEWS – Sale Sharks Women v Saracens Women

Katy Daley Mclean has made five changes to her starting XV to face Saracens Women in a rescheduled round nine of the Allianz Premier 15s

After an energetic return to play against Gloucester-Hartpury, Leah Lyons earns a starting spot at hooker this weekend, while commanding American duo Nick James and Catie Benson retain their spots at tight and loose-head props.

Behind an unchanged second-row of Beth Stafford and Molly Morrissey, Daisy Hibbert-Jones starts at blindside flanker, with Georgie Perris-Redding named at seven and Vicky Irwin at eight.

In the backs, dependable scrum-half Mhairi Grieve starts alongside Lizzie Duffy at fly-half, with distributor Katana Howard shifting to inside-centre. Laura Perrin meanwhile swaps the 12 jersey for 13 and starts at outside-centre.

There are two changes in the back-three with Welsh international Jess Kavanagh named on the left wing, and Scottish speedster Evie Tonkin on the right. Following a stint on the wing, Lauren Delany moves to fullback.

Hollie Bawden is named on the bench alongside back-rower Amy Orrow who returns having fractured her thumb against Exeter in September, and Scottish hooker Elis Martin who earns her second involvement of the season.

Check out what Katy Daley Mclean had to say ahead of this weekend in our match preview.

Full squad:

15. Lauren Delany, 14. Evie Tonkin, 13. Laura Perrin, 12. Katana Howard, 11. Jess Kavanagh, 10. Lizzie Duffy, 9. Mhairi Grieve (VC); 1. Catie Benson, 2. Leah Lyons, 3. Nick James, 4. Beth Stafford, (C) 5. Molly Morrissey, 6. Daisy Hibbert-Jones, 7. Georgie Perris-Redding, 8 Vicky E Irwin


16. Elis Martin, 17. Aisha A Marzouq, 18. Katie Houghton, 19. Nicola Howat, 20. Amy Orrow, 21. Lucy Winter, 22. Hollie Bawden, 23. Rachel Woosey

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