USA Rugby U20s face England in Women’s Tri-Nations Cup

USA Women’s Under-20s head coach Ricardo Ramirez selected his match-day roster to face England U20s in the opening game of the Tri-Nations Cup Saturday at 10 AM ET at Loughborough University.

Following England, the USA U20s will face Canada in the final match of the annual international competition on July 24 with Canada facing England on July 28.

Ramirez indicated that “After our scrimmage against Canada and England, the staff was able to see players step into the roles needed for their first match. Players have been pushing both themselves and each other which has allowed us to see the growth in a short period. We’re looking forward to opening the Tri-Nations Cup in a competitive first game.”

England Women U20s head coach Yapp said: “We’ve had short lead into this first game but preparations so far have gone well.

“We have had a good opportunity to do a collaborative session with USA and Canada which the players and staff both took a lot of learnings from.

“The players are now very much looking forward to what we know will be a very physical contest on Saturday.

“We’re delighted to be hosting the Tri-Nations Cup at home this year after a fantastic event in Canada last summer.

“With a number of players out due to injury, this tournament gives several younger players an opportunity to step up.

“It allows players to not only develop on the field but being in camp and having back-to-back games is a fantastic way to prepare players for senior competitions in the future. All the players are looking forward to the challenge.”

England: 1. Akina Gondwe, Worcester Warriors Women/ University of Worcester 2. Bryony Field, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough College 3. Detysha Harper, Firwood Waterloo Ladies/ Manchester Metropolitan University 4. Iona Antwis, Gloucester-Hartpury Women/ Hartpury College 5. Hollie Cunningham, Bristol Bears Women/ Exeter University 6. Tabitha Copson, Gloucester-Hartpury Women/ Hartpury College 7. Amelia Harper, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough College (Captain) 8. Ebony Jefferies, Bristol Bears Women/ University of Exeter 9. Jodie Mallard, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough College 10. Lucie Skuse, Bristol Bears Women 11. Ellen Ramsbottom, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough College 12. Megan Varley, Worcester Warriors Women/ Coventry University 13. Phoebe Murray, Bristol Bears Women/ Bristol University (Vice-captain) 14. Cara Clarke, Worcester Warriors Women/ University of Bath 15. Carys Cox, Worcester Warriors Women/ Cardiff Metropolitan University 16. Connie Powell, Gloucester-Hartpury Women/ Hartpury College 17. Lauren Leatherland, Worcester Warriors Women/ University of Worcester 18. Florence Long, Bristol Bears Women/ SGS College Filton 19. Eleanor Febrey, Gloucester-Hartpury Women/ Hartpury College 20. Anya Richmond, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough College 21. Flo Robinson, Pulborough RFC 22. Emma Hardy, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough University 23. Jess Cooksey, Gloucester-Hartpury Women/ Hartpury College

USA: 1. Tiara A’au, Central Washington University 2. Saher Hamdan, Notre Dame College 3. Tori Jones, University of Notre Dame 4. Erica Jarrell, Harvard University 5. Paige Fallon, Life University 6. Sophia Haley, Dartmouth College 7. Elizabeth Wilson, Northern Virginia Rugby (NOVA) 8 8. Gio Ferguson Lewis, Army West Point 9. Cassidy Bargell, Harvard University 10. Darina Roe, Penn State 11. Megan Bird, Davenport University 12. Morgan Freeman, Lindenwood University 13. Nohea Uluave, Lindenwood University 14. Ubaida Ahmed, Mount St. Mary’s University 15. Allison Koenig, Quinnipiac University 16. Kapoina Bailey, Kona High School 17. Natalie Gray, Lindenwood University 18. Clara Lemal-Brown, Quinnipiac University 19. Matalasi Morrissette, Brigham Young University 20. Mary Jane Pasioles, Central Washington University 21. Marin Pennell, Dartmouth College 22. Karissa Postula, Oregon Rugby Sports Union 23. Joannah Skucek, Lindenwood University

Women’s U20s Tri-Nations Squads

Canada: Head Coach: Jack Hanratty

Forwards: Idia Ihensekhien (Oakville Crusaders), Maya Montiel (Ottawa Irish), Holly Phillips (Calgary Irish), Noemie Tremblay (CRQ), Claudia Fulton (Valley Bulldogs), Keegan Brantner (Lethbridge), Emma Feldinger (UBC Thunderbirds), Rori Wood (UBC Thunderbirds), Lyric Atchison (UBC Thunderbirds), Rayann D’Aguiar (Brampton Beavers), Sophie de Goede (Castaway Wanderers), Hanna Nicholl (Toronto Nomads)

Backs: Justine Blatt-Jannmatt (Valley Bulldogs), Berlyn Seselja (Calgary Dinos), Lizzie Gibson (Oakville Crusaders), Alayna Scramstad (UBC Thunderbirds), Callie Harder (UVic Vikes), Sarah-Maude Lachance (CRQ), Brogan Mior (Foothills Lions), Shoshanah Seumanutafa (UBC Thunderbirds), Maya Addai (Barrhaven Scottish), Jasmine Baxter (Oshawa Vikings), Kally King (UBC Thunderbirds), Angie Olukunmi (Calgary Irish), Danielle Franada (Grande Prairie Sirens)

England: Head Coach: Jo Yapp

Forwards: Akina Gondwe (Worcester), Detysha Harper (Waterloo), Lauren Leatherland (Worcester), Florence Long (Bristol), Jess Thomas (Bristol), Bryony Field (Loughborough), Connie Powell (Gloucester-Hartpury), Iona Antwis (Gloucester-Hartpury), Hollie Cunningham (Bristol), Eleanor Febrey (Gloucester-Hartpury), Tabitha Copson (Gloucester-Hartpury), Amelia Harper (Loughborough), Ebony Jefferies (Bristol), Anya Richmond (Loughborough)

Backs: Jodie Mallard (Loughborough), Flo Robinson (Pulborough), Emma Hardy (Loughborough), Lucie Skuse (Bristol), Phoebe Murray (Bristol), Laura Perrin (Waterloo), Megan Varley (Worcester), Cara Clarke (Worcester), Carys Cox (Worcester), Ellen Ramsbottom (Loughborough), Bethany Wilcock (Harlequins)

USA: Head Coach: Ricardo Ramirez

Forwards: Tiana A’au (Central Washington), Tiara A’au (Central Washington), Tori Jones (Notre Dame), Joannah Skucek (Lindenwood), Saher Hamdan (Notre Dame), Natalie Gray (Lindenwood), Erica Jarrell (Harvard), Samantha Tancredi (Lindenwood), Kapoina Bailey (Kona HS), Paige Fallon (Life), Gio Ferguson-Lewis (West Point), Sophia Haley (Dartmouth), Marin Pennell (Dartmouth), Elizabeth Wilson (NOVA), Glory Woolley (Oklahoma State)

Backs: Cassidy Bargell (Harvard), Mary-Jane Pasioles (Central Washington), Allison Koenig (Quinnipiac), Matalasi Morrissette (BYU), Darina Roe (Penn State), Morgan Freeman (Lindenwood), Karissa Postula (ORSU), Nohea Uluave (Lindenwood), Ubaida Ahmed (Mount St. Mary’s), Megan Bird (Davenport), Clara Lemal-Brown (Quinnipiac)


Head Coach Ricardo Ramirez
Assistant Coach Emily Record
Assistant Coach Craig Wilson
Physical Performance Sylvia Braaten
Athletic Trainer Diane Watanabe
Team Manager Anna Kunkel


  • Saturday, July 20, USA U20s vs England U20, 10 AM ET, Tournament Preview, Match Preview
  • Wednesday, July 24, USA U20s vs Canada U20s, 12 PM ET
  • Sunday, July 28, Canada U20s vs England U20s, 11 AM ET

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