Lightning confirm line-up for opening game of Tyrell’s Premier 15s

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Loughborough Lightning have today released their line-up for their first Tyrell’s Premier 15s clash of the season against Richmond FC on Saturday 8th September.

The game, which forms part of a double header with the Loughborough men’s National One game against Cambridge RFC, will kick off at noon on the 1st XV pitch on Epinal Way.

Leading the way will be Lightning captain Rachel Malcolm, the Scotland international starting at flanker and forming part of an extremely strong pack, bolstered by new signing Justine Lucas at prop.

Another new face to the Lightning squad is England international Katy Daley-Mclean, who steps into the 10 spot and will lead backs. Senior international Olivia Jones makes a swap from the forward pack to the backs and will sit on the wing alongside fellow international Charlotte Pearce at Full back.

Of his first selection of the season Head Coach Rhys Edwards commented: “Going into the first league game against Richmond, it’s exciting to say that we have had a really strong and productive pre-season with a group of real high-quality players. We will be confident going into the game knowing that we have prepared really well, however new season and new game, it’s important that we apply ourselves and take control of the game as much as possible. Richmond will come up here feeling confident too, so it is vital that we look after the ball and take our opportunities when they are presented. With the group of players that we have this season I think we will be playing some exciting rugby.”

Of the some of the debutants tomorrow he said: “Katy Daley-Mclean is making her debut for us this Saturday. She brings some real quality to the team and her experience and control of the game is something that will enhance the whole team. Justine Lucas as well, her leadership up front and ability to scrummage is fantastic. Our objectives this year have not changed, we are very confident that a top four spot is well within our grasp this year.”

Lightning’s noon kick-off is free of charge, so head down to campus and show the ladies your support.

You can find more information here.

Lightning line-up

1) Mags Lowish
2) Leah Bartlett
3) Justine Lucas
4) Cath O’Donnell
5) Sarah Bonar
6) Rachel Malcolm
7) Georgia Bradley
8) Sarah Hunter
9) Megan Davey
10) Katy Daley-Mclean
11) Bethan Zeidler
12) Ellen Ramsbottom
13) Carys Williams
14) Olivia Jones
15) Charlotte Pearce

16) DaLeaka Menin
17) Amy Needham
18) Maryke Penman
19) Becky Noon
20) Jess Weaver
21) Natasha Jones
22) Isla Alejandro

Courtesy of Loughborough University