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Sale Sharks Women have landed the signatures of Scottish internationals Nicola Huwat and Lucy Winter – strengthening the side ahead of their debut season in the Tyrells Premier 15s from September.

Howat, 23, has been capped by her country seven times at XVs level, but has also played for Scotland U19s, U20s and Sevens before joining the SRU development programme in 2017. She offers versatility as a second-row and can move to the back-row if needed.

Speaking of her move, Huwat said: “I’m very excited to get started with Sale Sharks, I’m looking forward to challenging myself in Premier 15s competition and thrilled to get to do it with an ambitious team like Sale Sharks Women.”

Joining her is 25-year-old Winter – a dynamic and aggressive back-row player – who has been capped by her nation four times. She joins the club having won the Scottish Premiership with Watsonians RFC in December.

Upon signing, Winter said: “The level of ambition surrounding the programme at Sale Sharks Women has been clear from the outset. To learn from some of the talented players in the squad and test myself in the Premier 15s is an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get started.”

New Sale Sharks Women’s signing Lucy Winter. Credit: Rugby People

Head of Women’s Rugby Darren Lamon was happy to confirm both signings “I’m really pleased that Sale Sharks has secured two high calibre players. In terms of Nicola and Lucy, they are both quality people and are very driven not only to develop but to help shape the future of this performance squad for hopefully years to come, something that is important to us here at the Sharks.

After watching a lot of playing footage of them, Katy (Daley-McLean) and I can see that both players have got great ability now and also the right attitude to develop further in the future. It is a testament to the standing of this club, that two quality players want to play for the team, and live and work in Manchester.”

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