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Quartet named in Allianz Premier 15s Team of the Season

Sarah Bern, Abbie Ward, Alisha Butchers and Jasmine Joyce have been named in the Allianz Premier 15s Team of the Season after a record-breaking campaign in Bears colours. 

Based on stats from the season, five players were selected from each position from a variety of clubs across the league and then a selection panel of five chose their top three in each position. Three points were awarded for a top pick, two points for second and one point for third.
 
The panel consisted of Jessica Hayden (The Times), Nick Heath (Broadcaster), Kat Merchant (Broadcaster), Sara Orchard (BBC Sport) and Fi Tomas (The Daily Telegraph).

Champions Saracens and play-off semi-finalists Bristol Bears both lead the selections with four players in the chosen XV. Exeter Chiefs and Loughborough Lightning both have two players, with Harlequins, Wasps and Gloucester-Hartpury a single selection.

Marlie Packer, who was named England Women's Player of the Year at the RPA awards last month and player of the match in Saracens’ final win over Exeter, finished as top try scorer in the league with 17 and was selected at open-side flanker, while the league’s top points scorer overall, full back Emma Sing, was chosen in the number 15 shirt.
 
Despite only arriving in January, USA international Alev Kelter’s impact on champions Saracens’ season was shown with her selection at inside centre in one of five non-England players. Fellow Eagles and Exeter pair Hope Rogers and Kate Zackary are also selected in the pack, while Wales and Bristol duo Alisha Butchers and Jasmine Joyce received the majority of the votes in their positions to be included.


Each player will receive a personalised poster to mark being selected in the team.
 
1. Hope Rogers (Exeter Chiefs, USA)
2. Lark Davies (Loughborough Lightning, England)
3. Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears, England)
4. Rosie Galligan (Harlequins, England)
5. Abbie Ward (Bristol Bears, England)
6. Alisha Butchers (Bristol Bears, Wales)
7. Marlie Packer (Saracens, England)
8. Kate Zackary (Exeter Chiefs, USA) 

9. Ella Wyrwas (Saracens, England)
10. Helena Rowland (Loughborough Lightning, England)
11. Jasmine Joyce (Bristol Bears, Wales)
12. Alev Kelter (Saracens, USA)
13. Holly Aitchison (Saracens, England)
14. Ellie Boatman (Wasps, England)
15. Emma Sing (Gloucester-Hartpury, England)


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