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Americans @ Fiji Coral Coast 7s

  • 16 Jan 2019

The Fiji Coral Coast 7s features mostly Fijian sides, but Hong Kong, Scion and Stars bring more international influence to the event. See the full rosters here.

Of the aforementioned, Scion Rugby Academy fields an entirely American squad. The D.C.-based team, coached by Toshi Palamo and managed by Joanne Liu, originally listed Australia’s Josie Maejiirs, who has also represented Stars in the past. She’s not represented on the Jan. 15, 2019, roster posted on the tournament site, so not sure if she made it.

Everyone else is a known entity, and they’re led by captains Maggie Myles and Jade McGrath. Long-time Woo veterans include Kimber Rozier, Nate Serevi, Dana Meschisi and Corinne Heavner. Newer members include former Eagles Katie Johnson and Bui Baravilala, Princeton grad Jessica Lu, Penn State grad Scout Cheeks and current Central Washington University Wildcat Sui A’au.

Stars have a bit more diversity, but their roster is different from the one posted on the tournament website. There’s still England legend Heather Fisher, reps from Australia and New Zealand, and Canada’s Emily Magee, who has played for several American teams, but looks like the team has picked up some players in Fiji. Adriana Mendoza of ORSU and Mexico 7s is the only U.S. based player remaining.

Bulou Mataitoga, a capped USA 7s and Berkeley All Blues player, is competing with Striders Women’s Rugby Club. The Suva, Fiji-based team formed in 2011, and the tournament squad features players ranging from 17-33.

In Colleen Tjosvold’s teenage years, the Hong Kong native played with the Twin Cities Amazons and Midwest Thunderbirds. That was a decade ago and she’s since represented the country at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup and various 7s events.

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