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USA U23s Name Roster to Face Canada

  • 26 Jul 2023
USA Rugby

USA Rugby Women’s U23 Head Coach Katie Dowty has named the match-day roster for tonight’s Border Battle against the Canada U23s. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET inside Veterans Memorial Stadium (Quincy, Mass.), home of the New England Free Jacks. The game will be live-streamed for free on The Rugby Network. [@usarugby graphic]

Twelve of the starting 15 players are returners from the Americas Rugby Trophy tour, including captain Keia Mae Sagapolu and vice captain Kapoina Bailey, who lead from prop and No. 8, respectively. In the reserves, there are another seven returners from Brazil. Sagapolu, Mona Tupou, Freda Tafuna, Taina Tukuafu, Kristin Bitter and Eti Haungatau are the capped Eagles.

Additionally, four players helped the USA U20s beat both Wales and Canada earlier this month in Ottawa: Sereana Vulaono, Reece Woods, Olivia Woods and Tiahna Padilla. This quartet might have been the busiest of the summer in terms of training and playing within the USA Pathway and senior national team. More roster detail.

Rugby Canada has also named its 25-player roster: Read more. The rematch will occur Saturday, July 30 at 12 p.m. ET and will also be live-streamed on The Rugby Network.

USA U23s vs. CANADA U23s

1. Alivia Leatherman – Notre Dame College
2. Queenette Toomalatai – Rhinos
3. Keia Mae Sagapolu – Central Washington (c)
4. Mona Tupou – EPA Razorbacks
5. Malia Isaacs – Harvard
6. Freda Tafuna – Lindenwood
7. Tessa Hann – Central Washington
8. Kapoina Bailey – Lindenwood (vc)
9. Taina Tukuafu – Lindenwood
10. Kristin Bitter – Dartmouth
11. Su Adegoke – Life
12. Eti Haungatau – Sale Sharks (Eng)
13. Leila Opeti – Life West
14. Sereana Vulaono – Chicago Lions
15. Alex Wantlin – Life

16. Lauren Ferridge – Dartmouth
17. Reece Woods – Eagle HS, Idaho
18. Olivia Woods – Eagle HS, Idaho
19. Mikaela Hall – Queens Univ of Charlotte
20. Anna Van Dyk – Quinnipiac
21. Lewanda Aspinall – BYU
22. Autumn LoCicero – Life
23. Matalasi Morrissette – Utah Peaks
24. Tiahna Padilla – Harvard
25. Alyssa Cunningham – Sacred Heart

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