Women’s Premier in the UK

*Saracens Boast Four Canadians in Roster with Return of Mackenzie Carson*

A reader sent the following article in from the Saracens website. Mackenzie Carson won the George Jones Scholarship in 2017 and the John Cannon Memorial Award in 2018, both funds are administered by the Canadian Rugby Foundation.

Mackenzie started playing mini-rugby in 2008 with the Abbotsford Rugby Club and started her national career with a Canadian U18 tour to the UK. She played for UBC at the University level and for BC at the Provincial level.

from Saracens website


The versatile forward, who can play hooker and back row, initially joined Sarries in 2019 and returns to bolster Alex Austerberry’s pack options having made a huge impact in her first spell.

A fierce competitor, Carson was awarded Sarries Players’ Player of the Year for her on-pitch efforts ahead of the 2019/20 season being curtailed.

She is now the fourth Canada international in the squad following in the footsteps of Sophie de Goede, Alysha Corrigan and Emma Taylor.

“I loved being part of the group last season before the COVID-19 pandemic,” Carson said.

“The work ethic and intensity the girls bring every session drives me to be better and challenges our opponents in every fixture. The style of play at Sarries is both physical and dynamic which has helped me develop all areas of my personal game.

“The entire setup from the staff, to the facilities, is very professional and is paving the way for women’s rugby. I’m very fortunate to have been allowed to return to Canada to continue my recovery from injury and spend time with family over the past few months. However, I’m absolutely buzzing to be heading back to north London running out with the girls in the coming months.”

Head coach Austerberry said: “Having Mackenzie return back to the club was planned from the end of last season.

“The impact she made at the club was immense and was recognised by her peers in receiving the Players’ Player award. Dynamic, powerful and the ability to change a game in seconds, to see Mackenzie wearing the Saracens badge again is something that is very exciting.”

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