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USA Training Squad Assembles in Glendale

  • 19 Apr 2019

GLENDALE, CO – The U.S. Women’s National Team 15s will bring a full training squad of 51 players to Glendale, CO in advance of its historic matchup with Barbarians F.C. on April 26 at Infinity Park. This will be the first time a Barbarians side has ever faced a USA Rugby National Team.

The group features a mix of capped and uncapped players chosen from performances in the Eagles’ new Regional Training Program which successfully kicked off this year. From the program, players and coaches have had more frequent interactions which has allowed for an open and consistent selection process.

“Everyone has been incredibly busy since the November Internationals. It’s been a lot of fun with a lot of hard work and effort from the players, staff and community,” said Head Coach Rob Cain. “The regional rugby training gave our players a continuous opportunity to show us what they can do, explore and interpret new ideas together. This inner competition has been great from everyone, not allowing anyone to be comfortable with their previous exploits and place a real focus on the here and now. All of this has culminated in their invites for this exciting week ahead.

“Seeing players express themselves while having the opportunity to develop and self discover new ideas in the Women’s Eagles 15s environment, away from pressures of test match weeks, will continue to be hugely beneficial on our road into and beyond 2019. 2018 was a great opportunity to see where we were and 2019 will continue to show more signs of our intent as a team with our first opportunity against a very experienced and talented Barbarians squad.”

In total, 27 athletes come from the recently announced Women’s Eagles 2019 Performance Squad and 21 return from the November Internationals 2018 where the USA claimed wins over England Academy (contested as the Women’s Selects) and Ireland, after awarding 17 caps to a new generation of athletes.

Women’s Sevens players Ashlee Byrge, Neariah Persinger and 2016 Olympian Bui Baravilala are all named, along with a collection of 15s players who haven’t featured in some time. Among them are Tess Feury, Christiane Pheil and Hope Rogers — to name a few.

The training squad also features six players who recently featured with USA Rugby’s age-grade or developmental programs including High School All-American Winter Camp attendee Destiny Arena and Collegiate All-American Summer Camp attendees Kayla Hunkin-Clark, Maya Learned, Jenni Kronish and Corinne Heavner. Falcons players Shamira Robles and Paige Stathopoulos are also included.

The Women’s Eagles will assemble tomorrow for their first high performance camp of 2019. All players chosen will see competitive playing time with an intrasquad scrimmage taking place during camp and starters for the Barbarians game named thereafter.

Though test caps will not be awarded for the Barbarians game, athletes will play some of the top women’s rugby players from across the globe as part of the Baa-Baas all-star style team. The Barbarians will bring talent from multiple countries including two former Eagles players in 2016 Olympian Carmen Farmer and 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup player Hannah Stolba.

Kickoff between the Eagles and Barbarians is set for 5 PM local time with the Glendale Raptors and Rugby United New York of Major League Rugby kicking off after at 7:30 PM.

Tickets are available at with the Eagles-Barbarians game broadcast LIVE on



Bailey Araujo – L, Twin Cities, 0

Destiny Arena – H, Lindenwood, 0

Katy Augustyn – H, Berkeley, 33

Bui Baravilala – C, Berkeley, 6

Catie Benson – P, Life West, 17

Stacey Bridges – L, Beantown, 36

Kaitlyn Broughton – W/FB, Atlanta, 3

Ashlee Byrge – SH, USA 7s, 0

Elizabeth Cairns – FL, Life West, 8

Gabby Cantorna – FH, Glendale, 3

Chidinma Chukwueke – FL/8, Atlanta, 0

Jennine Detiveaux – W, Seattle, 2

Rachel Ehrecke – FL, Glendale, 0

Tess Feury – W, Morris, 6

Megan Foster – FB, San Diego, 5

Eti Haungatau – C, USA 7s, 0

Corinne Heavner – FH/W/FB, Atlanta, 0

Evan Hoese – W, Berkeley, 1

Katana Howard – FH, Twin Cities, 0

Olivia Bernadel Huey – FH, Berkeley, 0

Kayla Hunkin-Clark – P/H, Seattle, 0

Charli Jacoby – P, Chicago North Shore, 0

Nick James – P, Houston Athletic, 6

Rachel Johnson – FL/8, ORSU, 3

Joanna Kitlinski – H, Glendale, 8

Jenny Kronish – L, Harvard, 0

Cortney Kuehl – C, Atlanta, 0

Maya Learned – P, Glendale, 0

Shelby Lin – SH, Berkeley, 0

Bulou Mataitoga – FB, Berkeley, 0

Amy Naber – C, Life West, 1

Azniv Nalbandian – P, Penn State, 3

Olivia Ortiz – SH, Davenport Univ, 0

Neariah Persinger – C, Unattached, 0

Christiane Pheil – FL/8, Atlanta, 8

Shamira Robles – W/FB, New York, 0

Hope Rogers – P, USA 7s, 25

Megan Rom – P, Life Univ, 2

Kimber Rozier – C, Beantown, 30

Nate Serevi – L/FL/8, Scion, 2

Paige Stathopoulos – C, Boston, 0

Kelsi Stockert – W, Unattached, 8

Nicole Strasko – L/FL/8, Life West, 3

Christina Swift – W/FB, Atlanta, 0

Finau Tamaivena – 8, Seattle, 1

Joyce Taufa – H, Lindenwood Univ, 3

Juliann Tordonato – C, Glendale, 0

Elizabeth Trujillo – SH, San Diego, 0

Alycia Washington – L, New York, 17

Carly Waters – SH, New York, 2

Kate Zackary (c) – FL/8, San Diego, 9

Women’s National Team Staff

General Manager | Emilie Bydwell

Head Coach | Rob Cain

Assistant Coach | Jamie Burke

Assistant Coach | Kate Daley

Assistant Coach | Shawn Pittman

Coach/Team Manager | Jenny Lui

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach | Ian Jones

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach | Michaela Staniford

Head Performance Analyst | Dave Gardner

Team Doctor | Terence Cronin

Head Athletic Trainer | Bri Arsenault

Assistant Athletic Trainer | Amie Kern

Assistant Athletic Trainer | Jade Callan

Support Manager | Frank Palumbo


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