USA Women’s Rugby Squad Changes for Ireland & England

The USA Women’s Rugby National XVs Team will face Ireland in Dublin this Friday, followed by England in Worcester on November 21.

The USA began their two year hiatus from playing test rugby with two close losses to Canada in the Pacific Four Series.

There are several roster changes with Gabby Cantorna and Joanna Kitlinski out of both tests due to injury. Kathryn Treder joined the team as an injury reserve. Ilona Maher and Alev Kelter return to USA Sevens residency for training ahead of the start of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Joanne Fa’avesi will not travel to Ireland but will join the team in England, while Kathryn Johnson will not travel to the UK due to prior job commitments.

The tests against Ireland and England will both be streamed LIVE on with coverage across USA Rugby’s digital channels.

Women’s Eagles Squad & Caps

  • Catherine BensonPropSale Sharks (ENG) 24
  • Amy Talei BonteCenterGloucester Hartpury (ENG) 7
  • Elizabeth CairnsBack RowLife West Gladiatrix13
  • Kayla CanettFullbackUSA Sevens8
  • Gabby CantornaFlyhalf/CenterExeter Chiefs (ENG)10
  • Jeannine DetiveauxWingExeter Chiefs (ENG)7
  • Rachel EhreckeBack RowColorado Gray Wolves 1
  • Joanne Nana Fa’avesi (England only)CenterUSA Sevens4
  • Tess FeuryFullbackNew York Rugby7
  • Megan FosterFlyhalfSan Diego Surfers6
  • Saher HamdanHookerLife University 2
  • McKenzie HawkinsFullbackColorado Gray Wolves5
  • Katana HowardFlyhalfSale Sharks (ENG)6
  • Charli JacobyPropLoughborough Lightning (ENG)8
  • Nick JamesPropSale Sharks (ENG)14
  • Rachel JohnsonFlankerExeter Chiefs (ENG)9
  • Joanna KitlinskiHookerColorado Gray Wolves15
  • Jenny KronishLockBeantown Rfc2
  • Maya LearnedPropGloucester Hartpury (ENG)4
  • SaraLevyWingUSA Sevens 3Bulou MataitogaWingBerkeley All Blues4
  • OliviaOrtizScrumhalfDavenport & Chicago North Shore7
  • Hope RogersPropLife West Gladiatrix31
  • Kristine SommerSecond Row / Back RowGloucester Hartpury (ENG)13
  • Hallie TaufoouLockColorado Gray Wolvesuncapped
  • Kathryn TrederHookerBeantown Rugby2
  • Alycia WashingtonLockWorcester Warriors (ENG)23
  • Carly WatersScrumhalfSaracens (ENG)6
  • Kate ZackaryBack RowExeter Chiefs (ENG)17

USA Women’s XVs Traveling Staff

  • Head Coach Rob Cain
  • Team Manager Lou Stewart (Glendale only)
  • Team Manager Deb McGrath (UK)
  • Assistant Coach Jamie Burke (Glendale only)
  • Assistant Coach Rich Ashfield (Glendale only)
  • Assistant Coach Neil Harris (UK)
  • Assistant Coach Kate Daley
  • Analyst Callum Howells
  • Analyst Caitlin Singletary
  • Head of Strength & Conditioning | Sylvia Braaten (Glendale only)
  • Strength and Conditioning Albert Sasu
  • Lead Athletic Trainer Hillary Stepansky
  • Athletic Trainer Amie Kern
  • Athletic Trainer Jade Callan
  • Team Doctor Terrence Cronin (UK)

Photo: Travis Prior

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