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Zoe Aldcroft to skipper Gloucester-Hartpury Women in Tyrrells Premier 15s opener

Zoe Aldcroft to skipper Gloucester-Hartpury Women in Tyrrells Premier 15s opener
Having missed all of last season due to injury, Zoe Aldcroft will make her competitive debut for Gloucester-Hartpury Women on Saturday against Harlequins Ladies, and will also skipper the side.

Second row Aldcroft will lead a side that also sees prop Katie Dougan and centre Millie Wood make their first starts for Susie Appleby’s side as the Tyrrells Premier 15s gets underway.

Head Coach Appleby knows that Quins will be a tough opponent on the first day of the season, but is feeling positive.

“We’ve had an excellent preseason culminating in four friendly fixtures including two in France so we feel prepared to play, the girls are raring to go.

“Harlequins is a tough opener, they are an excellent side with strengths across the whole squad. We had two good very competitive games against them last season, and we expect more of the same tomorrow.

“Both us and Quins have added players to our squads - we welcome back Zoe Aldcroft after a season out with injury and also welcome Scottish International Katie Dougan who joins us after a summer playing in Canada.

“Connie Powell is able to make her first start in her preferred position at hooker, and we welcome Abi Walker back at number eight after a season out with injury.

“In the backs Rebecca de Filippo is back with us and I’m excited to see her combine with Millie Wood who is back from 7s. Kelly Smith and Ellie Underwood were outstanding on the wing for us last season, and will be a handful for Quins to deal with.

“We have young players in Iona Antwis and Elle Febrey, products of our junior academy, itching to get their first taste of Tyrrells Premier 15s rugby.

“It’s the start of a long season, I can’t wait to see where it takes us. With Gloucester and Hartpury both playing away tomorrow, I’m hoping we can get some support down at the Gillman’s ground 2pm KO, £2 entry, children free.”

Gloucester-Hartpury Women:

  1. Mary-Ann Gittings; 14. Ellie Underwood, 13. Millie Wood, 12. Rebecca de Filippo, 11. Kelly Smith; 10. Ceri Large (vice-capt), 9. Bianca Blackburn; 1. Sasha Acheson, 2. Connie Powell, 3. Katie Dougan; 4. Courtney Gill, 5. Zoe Aldcroft (capt); 6. Taz Bricknell, 7. Georgia Bradley, 8. Abi Walker


  1. Ellie Gilbert, 17. Anabelle Whitecross, 18. Iona Antwis, 19. Elle Febrey, 20. Meg Goddard, 21. Shauna Bennett, 22, Daisy Fahey

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Fri 2 Sep
KO 19:45
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