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Chloe Rollie returns to Lightning starting line-up

Scotland international Chloe Rollie returns to the Loughborough Lightning starting line-up for this weekend’s Allianz Premiership Women’s Rugby trip to face Harlequins. The 28-year-old missed out on the trip to Gloucester-Hartpury due to injury but will feature at fullback in Saturday’s encounter at Twickenham Stoop (kick-off: 2pm). Rollie takes the place of fellow Scot Helen

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PWR – Round 8 Preview

The big one this week is once more at the StoneX, another chance for Chiefs to prove they are a match for the perennial top-dogs. They have grown angry since it became apparent that the PWR board might actually enforce one of its significant regulations, a limit on non-England qualified players. Whether that will make

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PWR – Round 7

Saracens’ fans will be relieved to hear that their favourite side won. They had won each of their last 17 matches, and beaten the Sharks by 40+ points at every meeting between the sides (thanks OPTA), so pre-match fans’ teeth must have been chattering with fear and trepidation. They did fail to mount 70 points.

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Source: Harlequins

Harlequins side to face Leicester Tigers

Harlequins Head Coach Amy Turner has made three changes to her side to face Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, as two of English rugby’s most historic clubs face each other for the first time in the Women’s game. One change to the front-row sees Silvia Turani return to the Starting XV at prop alongside the

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PWR – Round 7 Preview

Compare the fixtures with the table below, and the first weekend of the new year looks like four foregone conclusions. The only doubt is whether Quins can at last get their motor running properly. Never before this season has a trip north been as chancy as now. Sale shocked them in Round Two, but Tigers

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Wells to make Lightning debut against Gloucester-Hartpury

Catherine Wells will make her Loughborough Lightning debut in this weekend’s Allianz Premiership Women’s Rugby clash with Gloucester-Hartpury. Head coach Nathan Smith has selected the England Under-20s prop to start at loosehead for Saturday’s showdown with the reigning Allianz PWR champions at the Alpas Arena (kick-off: 2pm). The 21-year-old joined Lightning in December as she

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Source: Harlequins

PWR – The Case for the Prosecution

An Inquiry Here is a digest of evidence provided. In her interview on TNT before Big Match 15 at Twickenham PWR’s CEO, Belinda Moore, painted a rosy picture of the league and women’s rugby in general.  Here is an alternative view. 1. Professionalism Where is the money to come from? There is little or none

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Quins v Gloucester-Hartpury – Big Match

Just a pity that on the biggest day for the PWR (attendance-wise) the Quins side was a distance below its standards of previous seasons. Gloucester-Hartpury can now stand alongside Saracens for all-round squad strength. On parade today: eleven Red Roses, the Welsh captain and four others, two Irish internationals, two Spanish internationals (full teams below).

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