A pair of Scotland Women internationalists will play in the Premier 15s next season, having signed for Sale Sharks Women.
Forward duo Nicola Howat and Lucy Winter, both products of Edinburgh University, will move south of the Border.
Second row Howat, 23, has seven caps for her country and was part of the Scotland squad for the 2019 Women’s Six Nations.
She’s looking forward to making the move to Sale, where fellow Scotland internationalist Mhairi Grieve is another recent recruit.
“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,” Howat said.
Winter, 25, who has four Scotland caps, is similarly looking forward to stepping up to the Premier 15s.
“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.”
Darren Lamon, Sale Sharks Head of Women’s Rugby, was happy to confirm both signings.
He said: “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.”
Image caption: Nicola Howat (left) and Lucy Winter will move to Sale Sharks Women next season. Image credits: Adrian Henry/Rugby People