Women’s USA Club Rugby All-Star Squad for All-Star Weekend

USA Rugby Release by Calder Cahill

GREELEY, CO – With the inaugural Women’s Rugby All-Star Week only days away, the Women’s USA Club Rugby All-Stars have been selected and announced ahead of the weekend competition in Greeley, Colorado. Led by Head Coach Koma Gandy Fischbein, the 26 athlete squad heads to the University of Northern Colorado after being nominated by their club coaches, administrators, and USA Rugby National Team staff. First matched up with the Women’s Premier League (WPL) West All-Stars, the Club All-Stars will look to win the weekend against the winner of match two, featuring the WPL East All-Stars and USA Rugby Women’s Collegiate All-Americans.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with a great staff and an enthusiastic group of athletes to showcase the talent in the D1 and D2 programs,” noted Gandy Fischbein, “This will be a week where the athletes are able to gain valuable experience and exposure, and benefit from working with each other in a high-performance environment; focused on maximizing each athlete’s learning and growth.”

Representing 15 total D1 and D2 clubs from coast to coast, the team also features two USA Eagles in Tess Feury and Nicole Snyder. Nominations opened in April through USA Rugby High Performance where player names were submitted ahead of Club National Playoffs and Championships in Obetz, OH. Team staff then evaluated the group through available video analysis, coach recommendation and scouting at events; eventually tailoring the final roster down to 26.

Alongside the Women’s Collegiate All-Americans, the Club All-Stars descend on Colorado with the opportunity to thoroughly develop and produce as they compete against the top level of Women’s domestic rugby in the WPL.
Live streams of the weekend matches will be available on the WPL Facebook Page, with competition kicking off at 3 pm MST on Thursday, Aug. 1 at the University of Northern Colorado. Admission is free for those traveling and in attendance.

2019 Women’s USA Club Rugby All-Star Roster

Player Name Club City
Jordan Heller Austin Valkyries Austin, TX
Geraldine Thomas Austin Valkyries Austin, TX
Deanna Nash Boston Women’s Rugby Club Brookline, MA
Paige Stathopoulos Boston Women’s Rugby Club East Sandwich, MA
Jessica Dombrowski Glendale Merlins Lafayette, CO
Madison Sheveland Glendale Merlins Glendale, CA
Nicole Snyder Harrisburg RFC Hegins, PA
Leslie Schroeder Houston Athletic Club Houston, TX
Cassie Urbano Metropolis Rugby Club St Paul, MN
Tess Feury Morris Rugby Rockaway, NJ
Ariel Johnson NOVA West Chester, PA
Brianna Kim NOVA Fairfax, VA
Ashley Mackenzie NOVA Cordova, MD
Nwakaego Onyekwere NOVA Manassas, VA
Avery Rain NOVA Washington D.C.
Becca Fagan Philadelphia Rugby Philadelphia, PA
Ashley Hanson Providence RFC North Attleboro, MD
Shawn Gatewood Raleigh Venom Raleigh, NC
Megan Gilmore Raleigh Venom Zebulon, NC
Lisa Jackson Raleigh Venom Cameron, NC
Kayla Thompson Raleigh Venom Raleigh, NC
Lexia Reynolds Sacramento Amazons Sacramento, CA
Michal Williams Severn River Women’s Rugby Pasadena, MD
Anna Albrecht St. Louis Sabres Ferguson, MO
Amy Spafford St. Louis Sabres St Louis, MO
Kayla Hunkin-Clark Washington Athletic Club Olympia, WA


Koma Gandy Fischbein | Head Coach
Bradley Richard | Assistant Coach
Jason Schiessl | Assistant Coach
Kjrsten Abel Ruch | Team Manager
Meghan McKay | Team Medical


All times MST – Stream LIVE at facebook.com/WPLrugby

3 PM: WPL West All-Stars vs Club D1 & D2 All-Stars
5 PM: WPL East All-Stars vs Women’s Collegiate All-Americans
9:30 AM: Losers of Thursday’s matches
11:30 AM: Winners of Thursday’s matches

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