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USA Women 7s Make 2 Roster Changes for Hong Kong

  • 27 Mar 2024
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Hong Kong marks the sixth stop on the 2023-24 HSBC SVNS series, and the USA Women’s 7s team is traveling to the April 5-7 tournament with 13 players. Among them is 19-year-old Kaylen Thomas, who is looking to debut on the circuit. Games will live-stream on Peacock TV. [Lead photo: Alex Ho @hoiho_photo]

RELATED: Hong Kong 7s Fixtures

The Eagles are coming off a bronze medal finish at the LA 7s, the team’s first podium appearance in 2023-24. The Eagles are fourth in the series standings, trailing Australia, New Zealand and France.

“We were really happy with our performance in LA; it built off the first four tournaments,” USA Women’s 7s head coach Emilie Bydwell told eagles.rugby. “We were playing the type of rugby we wanted to play and met a lot of the objectives we had for the first third of the year. Hong Kong and Singapore are more opportunities to build and improve on things we identified from LA.”

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There have been a couple of roster changes from LA to Hong Kong. Co-captain Naya Tapper and Ari Ramsey are remaining stateside, while Jaz Gray and Kaylen Thomas are called up to the travel squad.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity [to] cap 19-year-old Kaylen Thomas, who has gotten better every month, every week, and every day to earn this selection,” Bydwell praised the youngest resident.

The Eagles will compete in Pool C alongside Canada, Japan and Spain. Games begin Friday, April 5 in Hong Kong, which is 12 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone.

USA Women | 2024 Hong Kong 7s

Name Position HSBC Tournaments
2. Ilona Maher Center / Prop 27
3. Kayla Canett Flyhalf 26
5. Alev Kelter Center / Prop 44
6. Alena Olsen Scrumhalf 21
10. Steph Rovetti Scrumhalf / Flyhalf 13
11. Kris Thomas Hooker / Prop 42
12. Kristi Kirshe Prop / Hooker 23
13. Sarah Levy Hooker 8
17. Spiff Sedrick Center 17
19. Kaylen Thomas Wing 0
22. Sammy Sullivan Prop / Hooker 11
23. Lauren Doyle (C) Flyhalf 43
99. Jaz Gray Wing 12

USA STAFF

Head Coach | Emilie Bydwell
Assistant Coach | Zack Test
Strength & Conditioning | Trey Ford
Athletic Trainer | Nicole Titmas

USA SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 4
10:53 p.m. ET v Spain

Friday, April 5
1:57 a.m. ET v Japan
9:53 pm ET v Canada

Saturday, April 6
3:34 a.m. ET QFs begin

Sunday, April 7
12:54 a.m. ET SF & Final rounds begin

 

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