It’s safe to say that Sale Sharks Women are wasting no time ahead of their first season in the Tyrells Premier 15s, as USA’s Jessica Wooden becomes the latest name in a list of internationals to join the club over recent weeks.
The signing comes after the likes of England World Cup-winning captain, Katy Daley McLean, Wales international, Molly Kelly, and Scotland’s scrum-half, Mhairi Grieve, joined the newly-formed Sale Sharks Women’s team.
Jessica Wooden is a USA Women Eagles international, and will bring Premier 15s experience with her to the AJ Bell Stadium after spells at Harlequins Women and Richmond FC Women and World Cup appearances for her national side.
Discussing the move to Sale, Wooden said: “I’m excited to join the Sale Sharks Women for the upcoming Tyrrells Premier 15s season.
“It will be a great opportunity to be a part of the group that sets the foundation for the culture and success of the club moving forward.
“I am also looking forward to playing with some of the young talent that the North West has to offer”.
And Sale Sharks Women Head of Rugby, Darren Lamon, is pleased to anounce Wooden as the latest addition to his side that now includes an array of talent.
Lamon said: “We are delighted that Jessica will be joining us, she is a quality versatile back three player who has a very strong running and kicking game.
“Having Jessica’s experience and ability alongside an incredibly talented young group of players, will help us as a squad to be competitive from the start of the season, and beyond.
“What really excites me about Jessica is her desire to be a part of this new group and drive us forward in everything we do, both on and off the field.”
Lamon continued by pointing out the progress that the squad has made and highlighted the number of local players that have shown interest in attending the club’s pre-season trials.
“Considering today’s times, we are really happy with how the squad is building ahead of next season, with the blend of International players and North West talent.
“Even more encouraging is the amount of young local talent that want to be involved – I look forward to seeing lots of the best players in the North West taking part in the sessions and hopefully going on the represent Sale Sharks Women in the future”.
More announcements are to follow on some North West additions to a Sale Sharks Women outfit that looks to hit the ground running in their maiden season in the Premier 15s.
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