Team Bath: The hosts and probably the favourites after reaching third in the Superleague and the semi-finals of the play-offs. A team packed with internationals – eight of their players were in the recent South Africa v England series.
Saracens Mavericks: won 12 of their 18 league games last season to finish fifth in the league – with six England international on the squad, they will expect to improve this season.
Severn Stars: Finished just one place lower than Mavericks, although they won only seven league games in their Superleague debut last season, but have since engaged former New Zealand coach Melissa Bessell to take charge.
Surrey Storm: Guildford-based Storm managed an eighth-place finish last term and have since signed Ellie Kelk from BiG Showdown rivals Mavericks.
Strathclyde Sirens: Scotland’s Superleague franchise finished second-bottom of the table last season but are looking to build, having added an U21 squad to their development programme.
Knights: The joker in the pack – an all-men’s team that has played friendlies against most of the Superleague teams at one time or another. They have Australian former Manchester coach Dan Ryan guesting for them this weekend.