TEAM NEWS | Maguire returns for Bristol visit

Valkyries lock Stacey Maguire will return from injury for their Tyrrells Premier 15s match against Bristol Bears at Sixways on Saturday October 27 (kick-off 2pm).

Maguire resumes her second row partnership with Tilly Churm and there is a first start of the season for Daisy French at blindside flanker following some impressive appearances off the bench in recent weeks.

England international Lydia Thompson switches to her usual position on the wing with Jo Hart returning to the side in the centre.

Valkyries Development XV will play their Bristol Bears counterparts in the second match of Saturday’s double-header at Sixways (kick-off 4.30pm).

Valkyries players will also be involved in the launch of a new initiative to help women and girls to combat period poverty on Saturday.

The Red Box campaign will be launched by Worcester Community Trust to provide sanitary products for women and girls who cannot afford them.

Four Worcestershire County Councillors have donated £400 to the Red Box campaign which has been used to make six red collection boxes.

Each of the boxes will be presented by a Valkyries player after the Bristol Bears match and the boxes will then be situated in different Community Centres across the city.

The boxes will contain sanitary products which will be free for women and girls who need them.

Admission to Valkyries v Bristol Bears is free to season ticket holders and under-18s and £7.50 for all others.

Valkyries v Bristol Bears

15 Vicky Laflin
14 Lydia Thompson
13 Meg Varley
12 Joanna Hart
11 Jada Bailey
10 Vicky Foxwell
9 Sian Moore
1 Akina Gondwe
2 Lark Davies (C)
3 Lauren Leatherland
4 Stacey Maguire
5 Tilly Churm
6 Daisy French
7 Cara Brincat
8 Laura Thomas

Replacements
16 Carmen Tremelling
17 Alicia Watkins
18 Rachel Merrien
19  Sara Moreria
20 Roisin McBrien
21  Maddie Escott
22  Rebecca Scholes