Richmond Women Name Squad To Face Loughborough Lightning


Richmond Women have named an exciting squad for tomorrow’s Tyrrells Premier 15s fixture against Loughborough Lightning at the Athletic Ground (KO 5pm).

In the forwards, there’s a return for lock Fiona McIntosh who will make her second appearance of the season following a successful recovery from injury. She will be partnered in the second-row by the dynamic Hallie Taufoou who set the competition alight during the first six rounds with a number of exciting passages of play. The back-row will feature a significant milestone for the experienced Libby Povey who will make her 50th First XV cap. While England international Rowena Burnfield will skipper the squad from number 8.

In the back-line, there are a number of changes to the side that last played against Bristol. Freya Aucken will continue at scrum-half but will partner Jessica Wooden, who makes the switch from fullback to fly-half. On the wings, there’s a return for the powerful Sophie Pascall, while Ellie Boatman moves from outside centre to the number 14 shirt and will look to continue her fine form this season.

The centre partnership includes two of Richmond’s most experienced players with Abi Chamberlain and Vicky Jackson set to control proceedings across the back-line. While at fullback the exciting Katie Wallis will make her first appearance for 2019/20.

Richmond Women’s Head Coach Mike Panoho said: “The international break has given us the opportunity to refocus, analyse and adapt our game plan, get back to basics and improve all aspects of our performance. It’s been a hugely positive four weeks, we’ve had excellent numbers at training and every single player is extremely excited by tomorrow’s challenge against Loughborough.”

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Tickets are still available for Richmond’s Double Header this Saturday at the Athletic Ground (Richmond Men vs Plymouth Albion KO 3pm, Richmond Women vs Loughborough Lightning KO 5pm). Purchase online via Eventbrite or buy at the gate.

Richmond Women First XV vs Loughborough Lightning (KO 5pm)

1. Stefania Evans
2. Pat Metcalfe-Jones
3. Hannah Duffy
4. Fiona McIntosh
5. Hallie Taufoou
6. Lindsey Mayo
7. Libby Povey – 50th First XV Cap
8. Rowena Burnfield (C)
9. Freya Aucken
10. Jessica Wooden
11. Sophie Pascall
12. Abi Chamberlain
13. Vicki Jackson
14. Ellie Boatman
15. Katie Wallis


16. Rosie Dobson
17. Jazmin Wones
18. Sadia Kabeya
19. Charlie Willett
20. Tess Braunerova
21. Georgia Gray
22. Maia Daw


Richmond Women Second XV vs Loughborough Lightning (KO 2pm)

1. Rebecca Schorah
2. Sophie Barnett
3. Emma Ljungblom
4. Sian Hobday
5. Esme Newton
6. Rebecca Lawn
7. Isabel Cowan
8. Bryony Coombs
9. Polly Roberts
10. Victoria Britland
11. Catherine Walker
12. Sam Wharton
13. Kirsty Lee-Griffiths
14. Louise Burgess
15. Courtney Treco


16. Kathleen Down
17. Jess Newland
18. Fay Sandford
19. Emma Wedervang
20. Imogen Duffy
21. Gaby Spencer
22. Emily Stone