10 June 2020

Loughborough Lightning release three players ahead of the next Premier 15s season

Premier 15s side Loughborough Lightning have released three players ahead of next season.

Sarah Bonar, Amy Needham and Martha Riggs are all on the move.

Scottish international Bonar has been with Lightning for three years.

She said: "I am really honoured to have played a small part in Loughborough Lightnings’ journey and will certainly miss it.

“Over the past three years, I have had access to great support both on and off the field as Loughborough has some top-class facilities and more importantly great people."

Lightning head coach, Rhys Edwards, said of her departure: “She has proved to be a quality player and extremely valuable team member. 

"Her work ethic and her approach during adversity has been infectious and has given our aspirational players an insight into what it takes to succeed at this level."

Needham is leaving to join the South Yorkshire Police Force and Riggs is hanging up her boots due to an ongoing injury.

Edwards added: “Amy moved to us from Darlington Mowden Park Sharks and quickly established herself as a player in the squad. Her performances in Premiership have shown her potential at this level.

“Her career choice of joining the police also shows a character and willingness to help others. It has been a pleasure to have supported Amy on her recent rugby journey and we wish her all the very best. 

“Martha came back to play for Loughborough after a number of seasons away. 

"Her knowledge - being a former student player here - and her playing experience has been influential in our Development squad this year, where she has naturally led those around her, in particular, our younger players transitioning into senior rugby. 

"I can’t thank her enough for her contribution this year."

The next season of the Premier 15s begins in September.

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