USA Rugby Release:
AALINA TABANI • NOVEMBER 11, 2020
Photo: Travis Pryor
Head Coach Rob Cain has announced a 49-player roster for the Women’s National Team XVs’ scrimmage series to happen November 18 and 21, KO 2 PM MT, at the Rugby Town National Training Center.
The roster is split into two teams — USA Stars and USA Stripes — which feature athletes from the recently held daily training environment and mini camps, as well as the USA Sevens Residency Program.
On match-days, teams will be led by Coach Cain and Assistant Coaches Kate Daley & Jamie Burke. Both games will be used to evaluate player progression as preparation for Rugby World Cup 2021 continues.
HEAD COACH ROB CAIN SAID
“Our focus the past 24 months, as a national team, as well as domestically through the WPL and collegiate game, is beginning to pay dividends as seen by the exciting squads here. Unfortunately, between us and our international competition — who are not only playing international games but have also had full domestic seasons — the divide is very real. Knowing this, the importance of these games has taken even more significance, allowing us to challenge the players both on and off the pitch. We are all looking forward to seeing the results of this next week.
“Many of our players haven’t played a game in 12 months and as you can imagine there is a mix of nervousness, excitement and energy in the air. These games will be an opportunity and next steps window as we near the final stages to create our team for 2021.
“Thank you to our incredibly hard-working staff who brought this vision to life and to the community who have supported this program before and during these unprecedented times. Your support is priceless to the players and we are extremely thankful to you all.”
Fans can watch both games LIVE and for FREE on FloRugby.com as part of their commitment to the Women’s Eagles’ World Cup campaign. Former national team players Sarah Chobot and Dallen Stanford form the commentary team for each match. Infinity Park will remain closed to fans to mitigate the ongoing risks of COVID-19.
WOMEN’S RUGBY WEEK
The two-part event underpins Women’s Rugby Week, a celebration of the past, present and future of American women in the game. From November 16 to 22, fans can enjoy daily content that highlights key events — including the World Cup Draw — happening November 19 at 1:15 PM ET on World Rugby’s social channels.
USA STARS ROSTER
NAMEPOSITIONCLUBCAPSCassidy BargellScrumhalfHarvard UniversityuncappedAmy Talei BonteCenterLife West Gladiatrix6Tess FeuryWingNew York Rugby6Mckenzie HawkinsFlyhalfColorado Gray Wolves3Katana HowardFlyhalfTwin City Amazons4Lisa JacksonProp/HookerAtlanta HarlequinsuncappedNick JamesPropHouston Athletic12Erica JarrellSecond RowHarvard UniversityuncappedKathryn JohnsonNo. 8Twin City Amazons2Rachel JohnsonFlankerOregon Rugby Union7Evan HoeseBack ThreeBerkeley All Blues1Shelby LinScrumhalfBerkeley All BluesuncappedDarian LovelaceBack rowAtlanta HarlequinsuncappedSam LutherSecond rowColorado Gray WolvesuncappedIlona MaherBack ThreeUSA SevensuncappedKelsie O’BrienScrumhalfColorado Gray WolvesuncappedNeariah PersingerWingLife West Gladiatrix1Hope RogersPropLife West Gladiatrix29Allie SchrenkerHookerColorado Gray WolvesuncappedPaige StathopoulosHookerColorado Gray WolvesuncappedNicole StraskoFlankerLife West Gladiatrix7Hallie TaufoouBack rowARPTCuncappedKathryn TrederHookerBeantown Rugby2
USA STRIPES ROSTER
NAMEPOSITIONCLUBCAPSEvelyn AshenbruckerBack rowSan Diego SurfersuncappedCatie BensonPropLife West Gladiatrix23Julia BuescherBack RowSan Diego SurfersuncappedAshlee ByrgeScrumhalfUSA Sevens5Elizabeth CairnsFlankerLife West Gladiatrix11Rachel EhreckeBack RowColorado Gray WolvesuncappedMegan FosterFlyhalfSan Diego Surfers5Jordan MatyasNo. 8USA Sevens18Jett HaywardHookerLife West GladiatrixuncappedEmily HenrichCenterUSA Sevens8Charli JacobyPropColorado Gray Wolves6Bridget KaheleScrumhalfAtlanta HarlequinsuncappedKristi KirsheBack ThreeUSA SevensuncappedJoanna KitlinskiHookerColorado Gray Wolves14Jenny KronishLockColorado Gray WolvesuncappedKayla LawsonWingUSA SevensuncappedMaya LearnedPropColorado Gray Wolves2Sarah LevyBack ThreeNew York Rugby2Bulou MataitogaCentre Berkeley All Blues3Mata MorrissetteFlyhalfBrigham Young UniversityuncappedOlivia OrtizScrumhalfDavenport University / Chicago North Shore5Jetta OwensBack ThreeVirginia TechuncappedSam TancrediPropLindenwood UniversityuncappedNichole WanamakerBack ThreeColorado Gray WolvesuncappedCarly WatersScrumhalfColorado Gray Wolves4
Ina Bailey, Meya Bizer, Kaitlyn Broughton, Stacey Bridges, Gabriella Cantorna, Jennine Duncan, Joanne Fa’avesi, Fane Haungatau, Leti Hingano, Alev Kelter, Kristine Sommer, Kristen Thomas, Alycia Washington, Kate Zackary
WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM XVS STAFF
On the Ground
Women’s High Performance Director | Emilie Bydwell
Head Coach | Rob Cain
Assistant Coach | Jamie Burke
Assistant Coach | Kate Daley
Strength & Conditioning | Sylvia Braaten
Team Manager | Louise Stewart
Logistics Manager | Deanna Nash
Team Doctor | Terrence Cronin
Athletic Trainer | Jade Callan
Athletic Trainer | Mary Swanstrom
Analyst | Grant Thomas
Assistant Coach | Neil Harris
Assistant Coach | Rich Ashfield
Support Coach | Jenny Lui
Sport Scientist | Conor Sweeney
Head Athletic Trainer | Bri Arsenault
Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry
Performance Analyst | Callum Howells
To support the Eagles in their preparation for Rugby World Cup 2021, click here.
For more information on Women’s Rugby Week, click here.
To stream Match One LIVE and for FREE, click here.
To stream Match Two LIVE and for FREE, click here.