Northampton Saints: Premiership membership create partnership with Loughborough Lightning
Franklin’s Gardens has been Northampton’s residence since they started taking part in males’s rugby there in 1888
Premier 15s facet Loughborough Lightning have linked up with Premiership membership Northampton Saints to create a joint girls’s membership group.
Loughborough Lightning will maintain their identify however, in a big transfer within the improvement of the ladies’s recreation, they’ll put on shirts bearing Saints’ crest.
Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens residence can even host a number of Lightning fixtures.
Northampton say that at the very least three matches shall be staged at Franklin’s Gardens this season.
Saints, who shall be backing Loughborough financially, had confronted strain to create their very own girls’s group.
“We’ve got at all times mentioned it was a query of when, and never if, Northampton Saints have been to take part on the prime desk of the elite girls’s recreation,” mentioned Saints chief govt Mark Darbon.
“This partnership offers the proper alternative for us to take action. We hope that, alongside internet hosting a Crimson Roses fixture right here on the Gardens later this 12 months, this partnership will considerably assist to develop the viewers for girls’s and ladies’ rugby within the East Midlands and past.”
Loughborough Lightning have reached the semi-finals for the previous two accomplished seasons, shedding to Harlequins in 2019 and Saracens earlier this 12 months.
Loughborough and England duo Sarah Hunter and Emily Scarratt have been appointed as Saints’ girls’s rugby ambassadors in a bid to spice up taking part in numbers.
Source:: New paper 24 – Sports