SAN DIEGO, CA – USA Head Coach Rob Cain has named his full squad for the Women’s Rugby Super Series 2019 taking place June 28 to July 14 in San Diego, CA, broadcast LIVE on FloRugby.com
A total of 28 players have been named with another seven injury reserves and the opportunity for up to nine new caps to be awarded.
Five players have been selected from the USA Women’s Sevens Residency program including Alev Kelter, Kris Thomas, Hope Rogers, Eti Haungatau and Ashlee Byrge.
Rogers, Haungatau and Byrge joined the Women’s Eagles during their historic matchup with Barbarians F.C. in April, where Haungatau scored two impressive tries and made several crucial runs in a thrilling contest. Kelter and Thomas last suited up with the 15s side for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017.
Dartmouth College’s Emily Henrich will also return to the fold after winning the 2019 MA Sorenson Award, presented to the top college player in women’s rugby. Henrich last competed during the November Internationals 2018 where she earned her first cap against New Zealand.
Head Coach Rob Cain said: “Those selected, and many others in the player pool who were so unfortunate to miss out, have all worked tirelessly with the sole aim of improving every day we have together. The Super Series is the perfect platform for our squad to showcase this and continue to express themselves as they keep exploring and developing our USA brand of rugby.
“We are under no illusions how tough the competition will be, but we also know how invaluable this experience is for us as a team. Having nine possible debutants and only five players in the 28 squad in double figures for caps shows how important these games are for their development as individuals and collectively as a program.
“We knew where we were in 2018 and the first part of 2019 has allowed us to build upon this. This new chapter in the Women’s Eagles story is only ten months old and we have another 26-27 months of exciting adventures ahead as we look to Rugby World Cup New Zealand in 2021.”
The Women’s Eagles will assemble on June 22 in San Diego, CA for the two-week Women’s Rugby Super Series featuring No. 1 New Zealand, No. 2 England, No. 3 Canada and No. 4 France. The first four rounds will be hosted at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista with the final round taking place at University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium. Two matches will be played per round.
Ticket packages are available at usarugby.org/superseries2019
with prices starting at only $69 for all 10 matchups. Single-day tickets are also available starting at only $19. Games will be broadcast LIVE on Florugby.com
in the U.S.
USA SUPER SERIES SQUAD
Katy Augustyn – Hooker, Berkeley (33)
Bui Baravilala – Center, San Diego (6)
Catie Benson – Prop, Life West (17)
Amy Naber-Bonté – Center, Life West (1)
Stacey Bridges – Lock, Beantown (36)
Ashlee Byrge – Scrumhalf, USA 7s (0)
Elizabeth Cairns – Back Row, Life West (8)
Gabriella Cantorna – Flyhalf, Glendale (3)
Jennine Detiveaux – Back Three, Seattle (2)
Fane “Eti” Haungatau – Center, USA 7s (0)
Emily Henrich – Center, Dartmouth (2)
Katana Howard – Flyhalf, Twin Cities (0)
Charli Jacoby – Prop, Chicago North Shore (0)
Nick James – Prop, Houston Athletic (6)
Rachel Johnson – Back row, ORSU (3)
Alev Kelter – Center, USA 7s (9)
Joanna Kitlinski – Hooker, Glendale (8)
Bulou Mataitoga – Fullback, Berkeley (0)
Olivia Ortiz – Scrumhalf, Davenport Univ. (0)
Neariah “Nene” Persinger – Wing, Unattached (0)
Hope Rogers – Lock / Back Row, USA 7s (25)
Asinate Serevi – Back Row / Second Row, Scion (2)
Kristine Sommer – Flanker, Seattle (USA), Harlequins (ENG) (7)
Nicole Strasko – Lock / Back Row, Life West (3)
Joycelynn Taufa – Back Row, Lindenwood (3)
Kris Thomas – Wing, USA 7s (7)
Alycia Washington – Lock, New York (17)
Kate Zackary (C) – Back Row, San Diego (9)
Tess Feury – Wing, Morris (6)
Megan Foster – Fullback, San Diego (5)
Sam Luther – Lock, Glendale (0)
Christiane Pheil – Back Row, Atlanta (8)
Shamira Robles – Back Three, New York (0)
Kimber Rozier – Center, Beantown (31)
Carly Waters – Halfback, New York (2)
USA 15s STAFF
General Manager | Emilie Bydwell
Head Coach | Rob Cain
Assistant Coach | Jamie Burke
Assistant Coach | Kate Daley
Assistant Coach Rich Ashfield
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
Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry
Athletic Trainer | Danielle Allen