All you need to know about the Premier 15s final

The Premier 15s final will take place this Sunday and old rivals Saracens and Harlequins will battle it out once again for the title.

The previous two finals, in the 17/18 and 18/19 seasons, also included the London clubs with Saracens coming out on top on both occasions.

While the teams in the final haven't changed, the players have had a lot to deal with this season due to the impact of the pandemic.

The Rugby Football Union introduced law changes to reduce the transmission of Covid which meant less scrums and mauls in matches and the game time was changed to 70 minutes instead of 80.

Despite the changes, teams adapted well and the league saw its most competitive season yet with top teams Saracens and Quins losing more games than they have before.

However, the two London clubs managed to book home semi-finals as they finished the regular season at the top of table.

Saracens saw off Loughborough Lightning, who England captain Sarah Hunter plays for, to reach the final after they defeated them 28-24.

While Quins had to swat away Wasps to get to their third final and Gerard Mullen's team beat their opponents 25-14.

Here's all you need to know about the match.

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Key players

Harlequins – Amy Cokayne

Hooker Cokayne has been a star for Harlequins all season with their line-out being a key part of their game.

Her pin-point line-out throw in their semi-final lead to Jess Breach's incredible try that went viral on Twitter.

While she is a player who plays a lot of her game in the background, without her getting everything right the team wouldn't be put in the positions they are on the field.

Of course Breach is another stand out star for the side but she injured her ankle in the semi and it's not known if she will be available for the final.

Saracens – Sophie de Goede

Player of the Match in their semi-final, the Canadian international has had a huge impact on the team since signing in November 2020.

The adaptable player can operate in various positions, from No.8 to lock, which offers Sarries versatility.

Her first season with Saracens meant her first semi-final and she hugely impressed, basically guaranteeing her spot in the starting XV for the final on Sunday.

She said post-match last Saturday: "It was amazing. Such a great atmosphere in front of the fans."

When is it?

The match will kick off at 4pm on Sunday, May 30 and will be held at Kingsholm, the home of Gloucester Rugby.

It will be available to watch on BT Sport 1 and it is the first time the league has been featured on a TV channel.

Prediction

It may be a cliche but this match is too close to call.

Earlier this season the two clubs played one another with the match ending 17-17 and the final is set to be equally as tense.

While Saracens have the previous results to give them an edge, Harlequins have looked lethal with ball in hand this season.

It wouldn't be a surprise if the match is pushed to extra time, which would be thrilling for the 3,276 fans that are allowed in the stadium.

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