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Bydwell Names USA Squad for Pan American Games

  • 11 Oct 2023
USA 7s rugby

USA Rugby Women’s 7s Team Head Coach Emilie Bydwell has selected 12 players to represent Team USA at the 2023 Pan American Games. The quadrennial tournament takes place Oct. 20-Nov. 5 in Santiago, Chile, and rugby is one of 60 sports on the docket. The 7s matches will begin Friday, Nov. 3, and all games will be live-streamed on Pan American Games website, [Lead photo: Alex Ho @hoiho_photo]

“The Pan American Games is an important tournament for us,” Bydwell said. “We are able to use this competition to look at different combinations off the back of the Fiji Invitational in late September, train behaviors that we have been developing throughout the preseason but most importantly cultivate the habits of winning that we need to refine throughout the season.

“This is a long year,” the coach continued, “but we will be treating every competition as an opportunity to win a gold medal and find our best with the players we have selected for that event. Further, being present in the moment enables us to maximize both our on-field development and our culture; we are looking forward to seizing the opportunity to do this in Santiago.”


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Steph Rovetti / Photo: Alex Ho @hoiho_photo

Nine of the 14 players who traveled to Fiji last month will travel to Chile, including returning captains Lauren Doyle and Naya Tapper. Nicole Heavirland, Nana Fa’avesi and Steph Rovetti have replaced Kayla Canett, Jaz Gray, Summer Harris-Jones, Alev Kelter and Kristen Thomas.

On Nov. 3, Team USA will play Colombia, Jamaica and Paraguay in Pool A, while Canada, Brazil, Chile and Mexico do battle in Pool B. Knockouts begin 9 a.m. ET the following morning.

USA Women’s Sevens Roster | 2023 PanAmerican Games

Name Position
1. Cheta Emba Prop/Hooker
2. Ilona Maher Center
4. Nicole Heavirland Hooker/Scrumhalf
6. Alena Olsen Scrumhalf
7. Naya Tapper (C) Wing
9. Nana Fa’avesi Hooker/Prop
10. Steph Rovetti Flyhalf/Wing
12. Kristi Kirshe Prop/Hooker
17. Spiff Sedrick Center
21. Ariana Ramsey Scrumhalf/Wing
22. Sammy Sullivan Prop/Wing
23. Lauren Doyle (C) Wing

USA Women’s Sevens Traveling Staff

Head Coach | Emilie Bydwell
Assistant Coach | Zack Test
Strength & Conditioning | Trey Ford
Athletic Trainer | Nicole Titmas
Team Manager | Liz Strohecker

USA Women’s Sevens 2023 PanAm Games Schedule

Friday, November 3
Pool A
v. Jamaica | 9 a.m. ET
v. Colombia | 2 p.m. ET
v. Paraguay | 5:20 p.m. ET

Saturday, November 4
Knockouts begin at 9 a.m. ET

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