Gloucester-Hartpury hold a six-point lead over Exeter Chiefs, with reigning champions Saracens back in third and Bristol Bears in fourth. Fifth placed Harlequins need to pick up maximum points from their final two fixtures and hope the bears drop points to stand any chance of upsetting the top four.
Welsh internationals Lisa Neumann and Lleucu George start in the back line for Gloucester-Hartpury in their game against Sale Sharks at Richmond RFC, while Kelsey Jones is joined in the front row by Sisi Tuipulotu and Bethan Lewis plays in the back row. Cerys Hale, Siwan Lillicrap and Kerin Lake are on the bench, while Kat Lewis is among the Sarries replacements.
Beaten only once this season, Gloucester-Hartpury need one more win to be guaranteed a home semi-final. The same is true for Exeter Chiefs, who face Wasps at home before rounding off their league season with a trip to Gloucester.
The Bears also have a strong Welsh contingent in their ranks as they bid for a play-off place. Courtney Keight, Elinor Snowsill, Gwenllian Pyrs and Bryonie King all feature in the starting XV and Keira Bevan is on the bench.
“We’ve got two important games to play and we know that Saracens are a physical team. The vibe in the camp is very good, we’re focused and we know we have a job to do this weekend,” said Pyrs.
The north Wales front row powerhouse was one off the success stories of the recent TikTok Six Nations. She scored three tries had made the most carries by any front-rower (50), completed 32/34 tackles and won four turnovers.
The RFU will live stream the games between Sale Sharks and Gloucester-Hartpury on premier15s.com, while Saracens v Bristol Bears is being broadcast live on BBC Sport, BBC iPlayer, and on premier15s.com.