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USA Name Roster vs. Canada in Pacific Four Opener

  • 30 Mar 2023
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USA Rugby_Kristin Bitter

The World Rugby Pacific Four Series begins this Saturday, April 1 in Madrid, Spain, and the USA and Canada women’s national teams kick off the action. The match is the first of three international tests for the North Americans, who will also play New Zealand and Australia during the summer. Saturday’s match will live-stream on FloRugby at 11 a.m. ET.

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“We were obviously happy to get the win against Spain last week but we understand we made very hard work of it,” USA Women’s National Team interim head coach Richard Ashfield told USA Rugby. “Our accuracy needs to improve and we know that some small adjustments can hopefully lead to some big gains. We capped 8 new players last week and they all did well and have learned a lot from the experience. We have had a good week of practice and think we definitely have the strengths in the squad to cause Canada a lot of problems.”

Ashfield has made nine changes to the starting lineup that beat Spain 20-14 a week ago, and captain Kate Zackary remains at No. 8. The front row is the most experienced unit on the pitch, accounting for 99 caps together, but has the opportunity to afford reserve Tiara A’au a first-ever cap.

The U.S. faced Canada twice at the Rugby World Cup in the fall, losing the pool match 29-14 and the Cup quarterfinal 32-11. Tune into FloRugby at 11 a.m. ET for the live-stream.

USA ROSTER vs CANADA | PACIFIC FOUR SERIES

NAME CLUB CAPS
1. Hope Rogers Exeter Chiefs 42
2. Joanna Kitlinski Sale Sharks 24
3. Catie Benson Sale Sharks 33
4. Evelyn Ashenbrucker San Diego Surfers 8
5. Alycia Washington Sale Sharks 25
6. Rachel Ehrecke DMP Sharks 3
7. Rachel Johnson Exeter Chiefs 18
8. Kate Zackary (C) Exeter Chiefs 28
9. Carly Waters Sale Sharks 17
10. McKenzie Hawkins Colorado Greywolves 9
11. Lotte Clapp Saracens 8
12. Gabby Cantorna Exeter Chiefs 19
13. Eti Haungatau Sale Sharks 9
14. Autumn Czaplicki USA Sevens 1
15. Tess Feury DMP Sharks 15
16. Jett Hayward Life West Gladiatrix 1
17. Maya Learned Gloucester-Hartpury 10
18. Tiara A’au* Univ. Central Washington 0
19. Megan Neyen Beantown RFC 1
20. Georgie Perris-Redding Sale Sharks 6
21. Olivia Ortiz DMP Sharks 14
22. Kristin Bitter Dartmouth College 1
23. Bulou Mataitoga Loughborough 9

USA Women’s Eagles Traveling Staff

Head Coach | Rich Ashfield
Assistant Coach | Katie Dowty
Assistant Coach | Jamie Burke
Strength & Conditioning | Sylvia Braaten
Head Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry
Team Doctor | Chau Bui
Athletic Trainer | Anna Unnasch
Video Analyst | Callum Howells
Team Manager | Tim Westwood

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