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Club All-Stars Named for Debut Outing

  • 26 Jul 2019
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Sacramento’s Lexia Reynolds

USA RUGBY PRESS RELEASE – With the inaugural Women’s Rugby All Star Week only days away, the Women’s USA Club Rugby All Stars have been selected and announced ahead of the weekend competition in Greeley, Colorado. Led by Head Coach Koma Gandy Fischbein, the 26 athlete squad heads to the University of Northern Colorado after being nominated by their club coaches, administrators and USA Rugby National Team staff. First matched up with the Women’s Premier League (WPL) West All Stars, the Club All Stars will look to win the weekend against the winner of match two, featuring the WPL East All Stars and USA Rugby Women’s Collegiate All-Americans.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with a great staff and enthusiastic group of athletes to showcase the talent in the D1 and D2 programs,” noted Gandy Fischbein, “This will be a week where the athletes are able to gain valuable experience and exposure, and benefit from working with each other in a high performance environment; focused on maximizing each athlete’s learning and growth.”

Representing 15 total D1 and D2 clubs from coast to coast, the team also features two USA Eagles in Tess Feury and Nicole Snyder. Nominations opened in April through USA Rugby High Performance where player names were submitted ahead of Club National Playoffs and Championships in Obetz, OH. Team staff then evaluated the group through available video analysis, coach recommendation and scouting at events; eventually tailoring the final roster down to 26.

Alongside the Women’s Collegiate All-Americans, the Club All Stars descend on Colorado with the opportunity to thoroughly develop and produce as they compete against the top level of Women’s domestic rugby in the WPL.

Live streams of the weekend matches will be available on the WPL Facebook Page, with competition kicking off at 3pm MST on Thursday Aug. 1 at the University of Northern Colorado. Admission is free for those traveling and in attendance.

2019 USA Club Rugby All-Stars

Anna Albrecht — St. Louis Sabres

Jessica Dombrowski — Glendale Merlins

Becca Fagan — Philadelphia

Tess Feury — Morris Rugby

Shawn Gatewood — Raleigh Venom

Megan Gilmore — Raleigh Venom

Ashley Hanson — Providence

Jordan Heller — Austin Valkyries

Kayla Hunkin-Clark — Washington Athletic Club

Lisa Jackson — Raleigh Venom

Ariel Johnson — NOVA

Brianna Kim — NOVA

Ashley Mackenzie — NOVA

Deanna Nash — Boston

Nwakaego Onyekwere — NOVA

Avery Rain — NOVA

Lexia Reynolds — Sacramento Amazons

Leslie Schroeder — Houston Athletic Club

Madison Sheveland — Glendale Merlins

Amy Spafford — St. Louis Sabres

Nicole Snyder — Harrisburg

Paige Stathopoulos — Boston

Geraldine Thomas — Austin Valkyries

Kayla Thompson — Raleigh Venom

Cassie Urbano — Metropolis

Michal Williams — Severn River

USA CLUB RUGBY ALL-STAR STAFF

Koma Gandy Fischbein | Head CoachBradley Richard | Assistant CoachJason Schiessl | Assistant CoachKjrsten Abel Ruch | Team ManagerMeghan McKay | Team Medical

ALL-STAR WEEK SCHEDULE

All times MST – Stream LIVE at facebook.com/WPLrugby

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13 PM: WPL West All-Stars vs Club D1 & D2 All-Stars5 PM: WPL East All-Stars vs Women’s Collegiate All-Americans

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 9:30 AM: Losers of Thursday’s matches11:30 AM: Winners of Thursday’s matches

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