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USA Makes 7 Changes for Rd 2 of Rugby World Cup

  • 13 Oct 2022
USA Rugby

The USA Women’s National Team (WNT) has named its 23-player roster for round two of the Rugby World Cup 2021, played in 2022 in New Zealand. The Eagles will take the pitch against Japan on Saturday, Oct. 15 local time, and will live-stream on Peacock at 12:30 a.m. ET Saturday / 9:30 p.m. PT Friday.

“The past few days of preparation have gone well,” USA WNT head coach Rob Cain said. “There was of course lots of disappointment post our first game, but with such a quick turnaround it was critical we took what we needed out of our review and build again. We have looked at the areas that were not always accurate and the areas we had successes against Italy this week. We are excited for this squad who will represent the group here and the many at home cheering us all on. Thank you for all your messages of support.”

The USA lost its opening match 22-10 to Italy: Read more.

There are seven changes to the starting lineup that will face Japan. Charli Jacoby replaces Nick James in the front row, and Kristine Sommer and Evi Ashenbrucker file in for Hallie Taufoou and Jenny Kronish (the two try-scorers against Italy) in the second row. Kathryn Johnson gets the start at No. 6 in lieu of Jordan Maytas.

In the backs, Olivia Ortiz steps into scrumhalf for Carly Waters. Alev Kelter moves from fullback to inside center, where Katana Howard did work against Italy, and Meya Bizer bears the #15 jersey. Tess Feury gets the start at wing, while Lotte Clapp and several other Italy starters will fill finisher roles.

“Obviously for every match we have a slight different tactical outlook and we did pick up a few knocks as well unfortunately in the first game so that is always a point of consideration,” Cain said of roster changes. “We’ve got a lot of people working really hard and if people can’t deliver on the pitch there’s plenty of people that can as well. The last part is that some people are just unlucky, tactically we’re looking to play a bit differently and we have to make sure that we’ve got the right people out there that can deliver what the team needs and we have to make those hard decisions as a coaching group.”

Japan lost its opening game to Canada, 41-5, and is also looking for its first win in New Zealand.

“Week two of the Rugby World Cup and the six teams that didn’t get the results we have all worked so hard for are all in the same situation: looking to learn, build and get the result this weekend,” USA WNT head coach Rob Cain said. “Japan, being one of those, we know will come out with real intent. We are not underestimating Japan in any way. Japan have shown just how threatening they can be in transition, around the breakdown and with their speed of play in attack.”


1. Hope Rogers Chambersburg, PA Exeter Chiefs 38
2. Joanna Kitlinski Denver, CO Sale Sharks 20
3. Charli Jacoby Chicago, IL Exeter Chiefs 15
4. Kristine Sommer Seattle, WA Seattle Rugby Club 22
5. Evelyn Ashenbrucker South Humboldt County, CA San Diego Surfers 4
6. Kathryn Johnson Minneapolis, MN Twin Cities Amazons 4
7. Rachel Johnson Portland, OR Exeter Chiefs 15
8. Kate Zackary (C) Wichita, KS Exeter Chiefs 24
9. Olivia Ortiz Grand Haven, MI Colorado Gray Wolves 12
10. Gabby Cantorna State College, PA Exeter Chiefs 15
11. Tess Feury Denville, NJ Wasps 12
12. Alev Kelter Eagle River, AK Saracens 20
13. Eti Haungatau Sacramento, CA Lindenwood University 5
14. Jennine Detiveaux Jonesborough, TN Exeter Chiefs 12
15. Meya Bizer Woodlands, TX Beantown RFC 23
16. Kathryn Treder Anchorage, AK Beantown RFC 6
17. Catie Benson Buffalo, NY Sale Sharks 29
18. Nick James Dublin, TX Sale Sharks 22
19. Jenny Kronish New York, NY Harlequins (ENG) 5
20. Elizabeth Cairns Downingtown, PA Life West Gladiatrix 19
21. Carly Waters Downingtown, PA Sale Sharks 13
22. Megan Foster Davis, CA Exeter Chiefs 11
23. Lotte Clapp Welwyn Garden, ENG Saracens 5

Head Coach | Rob Cain
Assistant Coach | Jamie Burke
Assistant Coach | Martin Haag
Assistant Coach | Kate Daley
Head Strength & Conditioning | Sylvia Braaten
Head Athletic Trainer | Hilary Stepansky
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Janie Kluempers
Team Doctor | Dr Leigh Romero
Team Masseuse | Cheniek Den Heyer
Lead Analyst | Callum Howells
Team Media Manager | Taylor Dean
Mental Performance | Tracy Carrington
Team Manager | Annemarie Farrell
Team Manager | Steve Downie
Remote Support | Jenny Lui & Rich Ashfield

USA vs ITALY | 10-22 (L)

Saturday, Oct 15 12:30 a.m. ET / Friday, Oct 14 @ 9:30 p.m. PT
Watch LIVE on Peacock
CNBC Replay: Sat, Oct 15 @ 10 a.m. ET
Northland Events Center, Whangarei, NZ

Saturday, Oct 22 10:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. PT
Watch LIVE on Peacock
CNBC Replay: Sun, Oct 23, 11:30 a.m. ET
Waitakere Stadium, Auckland, NZ

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