Club-by-club guide Tyrrell’s Premier 15s
Coach: Kris De Scossa.
Key player: Claire Molloy. Bristol have lost top players, including England captain Sarah Hunter, so Irish flanker Molloy should be one to watch.
Darlington MP Sharks
Coaches: Justin Loveridge, Mike Umaga. Key player: Katy Mclean. Mclean is one of a number of big-name England players who have commited to the club.
Firwood Waterloo Ladies
Coaches: Rob Tisley, Mark Beckett.
Key player: Ash Neale. Neale may not be an England international but expect inspirational leadership from the Merseyside PE teacher as club captain. An unsung hero of the club game.
Gloucesterhartpury Women’s RFC
Coach: Susie Appleby. Key player: Sarah Bern. Bern, a tighthead, was a star of the World Cup. Signed from Bristol and known as the “box on legs”.
Coaches: Gary Street, Karen Findlay. Key player: Abbie Scott. Scott, an athletic lock, is one of nine Harlequins players who were at the World Cup.
Coach: Rhys Edwards.
Key player: Sarah Hunter. Signing England captain Hunter is a real coup.
Coach: David Mobbs-smith. Key player: Rowena
Coach: Rob Cain. Key player: Lotte Clapp.
Although not in England’s World Cup squad, exciting back Clapp, 22, has a handful of caps and strong leadership skills. She is Saracens captain.
Wasps FC Ladies
Coach: Giselle Mather.
Key player: Kate Alder. Alder is captain and the hard-hitting centre will bring fine leadership on and off the field.
Coach: Roy Davies Key player: Lydia Thompson. Thompson has a wonderful knack of ripping through defences.