Saracens are Tackled Pink by Mavericks

PUBLISHED: 12:09 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009

HATFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 27:  Kris Chesney (L) of Saracens poses with team mate Dan Scarbrough with Amanda Newton of Mavericks and England netball team captain during the Breast Cancer Care studio session held at the Saracens training ground on March 27, 2008 in Hatfield, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kris Chesney; Dan Scarbrough; Amanda Newton

HATFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 27: Kris Chesney (L) of Saracens poses with team mate Dan Scarbrough with Amanda Newton of Mavericks and England netball team captain during the Breast Cancer Care studio session held at the Saracens training ground on March 27, 2008 in Hatfield, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kris Chesney; Dan Scarbrough; Amanda Newton

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SARACENS rugby players will be in the pink when they face netball champions Mavericks on Sunday. The muscular rugby stars might be more used to passing an oval ball, but members of the Saracens first team squad will be trying their hands at a different sp

HATFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 27:  Richard Hill (L) poses with team mate Andy Farrell of Saracens together with Abi Ryan of Mavericks and England netball team during the Breast Cancer Care studio session held at the Saracens training ground on March 27, 2008 in Hatfield, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Richard Hill; Andy Farrell; Abi Ryan

SARACENS rugby players will be in the pink when they face netball champions Mavericks on Sunday.

The muscular rugby stars might be more used to passing an oval ball, but members of the Saracens first team squad will be trying their hands at a different sport when the Men in Black face Wasps at Vicarage Road in the Guinness Premiership on Sunday, kick-off 3pm.

They will take part in a half-time challenge against the galleria Mavericks' triumphant netball team as part of the Guinness Premiership's Tackled Pink campaign to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Care.

The Hatfield-based Mavericks were crowned the Co-operative Netball Superleague champions earlier this month for the first time.

HATFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 27:  Richard Hill of Saracens with Abi Ryan of Mavericks and England netball team pictured during the Breast Cancer Care studio session held at the Saracens training ground on March 27, 2008 in Hatfield, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Richard Hill; Abi Ryan

The ladies play their home matches at the University of Hertfordshire's Sports Village in Hatfield, where Saracens also have their training base.

Mavericks will take to the field during the interval of the must-see 'London Rugby Derby' and take on the rugby players in a series of netball challenges.

All 12 Premiership clubs are taking part in the Tackled Pink campaign this weekend, but Saracens will be the only club going the extra mile by playing in pink.

And the galleria Mavericks players got hands-on with Saracens stars Richard Hill, Andy Farrell, Brent Russell and Kris Chesney last week as part of the build-up to the big game.

England captain and Mavericks star Amanda Newton said: "This is a great cause and we are happy to help out and try and raise as much money and awareness for Breast Cancer Care.

"Hopefully we can get as many of the galleria Mavericks' supporters and netball players in the area to go to the game and help raise as much money as possible, plus it should also be a great game of rugby.

"We're looking forward to taking on some of the rugby guys at half-time.

"I'm sure we will give them a good run for their money!"

Simply attending the Saracens versus Wasps fixture on Sunday will boost the charity's coffers.

For every man who supports Saracens taking their partner, wife, mum, daughter, sister, grandmother or even granddaughter, the club will donate £4.25 from every £15 ladies' ticket to Breast Cancer Care.

Ladies who visit Vicarage Road are also encouraged to take along their girlfriends, mums, daughters, sisters, grandmothers or granddaughters and again £4.25 from every £15 ladies' ticket will go to charity.

There will also be limited edition signed pink Saracens shirts to be auctioned and raffled on the day, as well as volunteers collecting around the ground with the aim of raising more than £5,000 for Breast Cancer Care.


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