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USA Ready for Championship 7s in Spain

  • 29 May 2024
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USA 7s rugby

MADRID – Lauren Doyle captains the USA Rugby Women’s 7s Team for the final HSBC SVNS event of the season in Madrid. Unlike years prior, the series champion is not being named via season-long standings. The top eight teams following the conclusion of the series in Singapore now have equal opportunity to win top honors through a final championship tournament in Spain. Games begin on Friday, May 31, culminate on Sunday, June 2, and will live-stream for free on RugbyPassTV. [lead photo: Alex Ho @hoiho_photo]

RELATED: Madrid 7s Fixtures

USA Roster | 2024 Madrid SVN

Name Position HSBC Tournaments
2. Ilona Maher Center/Prop 29
3. Kayla Canett Flyhalf 28
4. Nicole Heavirland Hooker/Scrumhalf 38
5. Alev Kelter Center/Prop 46
6. Alena Olsen Scrumhalf 23
10. Steph Rovetti Scrumhalf/Flyhalf 14
11. Kris Thomas Hooker/Prop 43
12. Kristi Kirshe Prop/Hooker 24
13. Sarah Levy Hooker 10
17. Spiff Sedrick Center 18
21. Ariana Ramsey Wing 6
22. Sammy Sullivan Prop/Hooker 13
23. Lauren Doyle (C) Flyhalf 45

USA Staff | 2024 Madrid SVNS

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

The Eagles prepared in southern France last week, playing Ireland, Fiji and France in a friendly tournament. The extra field time also brought extra confidence and cohesion (the USA beat Fiji 14-10 in the final), and that will certainly help in a tough Pool A in Spain.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to experience the pressure test that Madrid presents for us this weekend,” USA 7s Women’s Team Head Coach Emilie Bydwell said. “We have a challenging task ahead of us in our pool with Canada, Great Britain, and New Zealand. We are focused on taking things one game at a time, we must play the game we have in front of us and control our attention in the moment to maximize our ability to execute and play to our strengths. We have set the challenge out to ourselves to ensure that we use this competition to elevate together and deliver the right competition of collective determination and collective focus when it matters.”

Pool B includes Australia, Fiji, France and Ireland. After pool play concludes on Saturday, the eight-team field will split in half. The top-two teams in both pools will funnel into Cup semifinals, and the bottom-two teams in both pools will advance to 5th place semifinals. The Gold medal match will occur at 1:49 p.m. ET.

USA Schedule | 2024 Madrid SVNS

Friday, May 31 (all times ET)
12:19 p.m. v Canada

Saturday, June 1
10:39 a.m. v Great Britain
2:33 p.m. v New Zealand

Sunday, June 2
Knockout matches starting 4:05 am ET

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