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Premiership Ladies’s Rugby: Abbie Ward scores on return after giving beginning

England international Abbie Ward
Lock Abbie Ward has been capped 50 occasions by England

A brand new period for girls’s rugby in England bought off to a flying begin with 21 tries within the first three video games of Allianz Premiership Ladies’s Rugby.

The brand new league – rebranded this yr from Premier 15s – kicked off at Ashton Gate the place Abbie Ward celebrated her return from giving beginning to her first youngster simply 4 months in the past with a attempt as Bristol Bears beat Sale Sharks 48-5.

England lock Ward grew to become a mum in July with the arrival of her first youngster Hallie – who she carried to the pitch earlier than the match.

Lark Atkin-Davies had the honour of scoring the brand new league’s first attempt adopted by scores for Reneeqa Bonner, Ward, Lucy Burgess, Phoebe Murray, Jess Sprague, Ella Lovibond. Italy’s Beatrice Rigoni replied for the guests.

Saracens equalled the Bears’ rating, beating Loughborough Lightning 48-7 at dwelling with Canada skipper Sophie De Goede main the best way with two tries.

That was added to by scores from England captain Marlie Packer, Leanne Infante, Poppy Cleall, Jess Breach, Sydney Gregson and a penalty attempt. Scotland’s Rachel Malcom replied for Lightning,

Cristina Blanco of Trailfinders Women
Cristina Blanco of Trailfinders Ladies is tackled by Silvia Turani of Harlequins

Trailfinders Ladies made their league debut and virtually pulled off a shock, dropping 22-17 at dwelling to Harlequins with tries from Liz Musgrove and Ella Amory. Quins hit again with their very own scores from Izzy Mayhew, Flo Robinson, Abbie Fleming, who grabbed the ultimate attempt on the hour mark on her debut.

Trailfinders performed with 14 ladies for a lot of the recreation following Shannon Ikahihifo’s purple card.

Like Trailfinders, Leicester Tigers are additionally making their Allianz Premiership Ladies’s Rugby debut and have eight potential debutants of their squad – 4 within the beginning XV and 4 extra among the many replacements – after they face Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.

Scotland’s Eva Donaldson and Francesca McGhie, USA worldwide Tahlia Brody and England’s Meg Jones are the 4 new faces beginning.

Canada’s Alex Tessier will make her debut for the visiting Chiefs at fly-half, whereas the workforce additionally options new loosehead prop Demi Swann. Australia’s Lori Cramer, USA’s Gabby Cantorna, Eire’s Clara Nielson, and England’s Claudia MacDonald are additionally included within the 23 for final season’s runners-up.

Outcomes and fixtures


Bristol Bears 48-5 Sale Sharks

Saracens 48-7 Loughborough Lightning

Trailfinders Ladies 17-22 Harlequins


Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs (1500 GMT)

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