Allianz Premiership Women's Rugby fixtures unveiled

The new season will kick-off in the opening weekend of 17-19 November
The new season will kick-off in the opening weekend of 17-19 November

The fixtures for the 2023/24 season of the Allianz Premiership Women's Rugby has been announced.

The first round will kick-start in the opening weekend of 17-19 November with Bristol Bears clashing with Sale Sharks while Loughborough Lightning make the trip to north London to face 2022 winners Saracens.

The two new teams Leicester Tigers and Trailfinders Women will be taking on Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins respectively while the opening round will conclude with Warriors Women hosting Gloucester-Hartpury.

"It's really exciting. I know I keep saying that, but I think it sums up what everyone is thinking and feeling. We know we’re going to be judged and looked at, but we’re excited about that," said Leicester head coach Vicky Macqueen.

Neither Mather nor Macqueen will be content with making up the numbers and Macqueen adds: "We want to make a statement in year one but know there is a lot of experience in this league. We will focus on what we do best, use our superpowers, and think about our strengths. It’s the mentality we have."

Giselle Mather, who will lead Trailfinders Women and went on to win the Rugby World Cup with England as a player in 1994 said: ""The women’s game at the moment is in a fantastic space and the club’s commitment to it is immense, so the opportunity to lead this programme is really exciting.

"The big thing for us is that everything is new - it's everything from the bibs and the balls to the players, staff, environment and league.

"As a coach, it's an unbelievably unique opportunity because you’re not inheriting anything you are creating. I enjoy creating and looking at building a high-performance environment from nothing. But can do it with fabulous facilities at the club, and we have the most extraordinary support from Trailfinders."

The semi-final will take place on the weekend of 7-9 June with the final two weeks later on 22 June. The elite women's rugby season in England will kick off in September with the Allianz Cup. The cup fixtures will be announced on Wednesday 9 August.

Allianz Premiership Women's Rugby Round One (Weekend of 17-19 November)

Bristol Bears v Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs
Saracens v Loughborough Lightning
Trailfinders Women v Harlequins
Warriors Women v Gloucester-Hartpury

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