Eagles announced for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland

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For Immediate Release

Submitted by USA Rugby
July 17, 2017

LAFAYETTE, CO – The 28 American players traveling to Ireland for next month’s Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 have been selected by Women’s Eagles Head Coach Pete Steinberg, USA Rugby announced Monday.

Eagles announced for Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland

Included among the squad for the eighth World Cup are two Team USA Olympians, two international debutants, seven Women’s Premier League champions, and seven World Cup veterans. The Eagles, currently ranked seventh, will play pool matches against reigning Champion England, Italy, and Spain in Pool B at University College Dublin Aug. 9-17 prior to knockout matches Aug. 22 and 26 in Belfast.

The team will attend a Send-Off Dinner hosted by USA Rugby Trust and Scion Restaurant in Silver Spring, Md., prior to the jaunt across the Atlantic Ocean at the end of July. Thanks to the sponsorship of Irish Rugby Tours, the Eagles will assemble early at Trinity College Dublin ahead of the transfer to UCD. American supporters still seeking travel arrangements to follow the Eagles can book Official Packages via Irish Rugby Tours.

“We are very excited about the send off in DC,” Steinberg said. “We are meeting the USA Rugby Congress, we have a reception at the Irish Embassy, and we have a couple of practices planned. The support from Scion and USA Rugby Trust has been great. I have to recognize George Hook and Irish Rugby Tours who have been instrumental in helping our World Cup preparation.

Though there were only three years between the seventh and eighth World Cups, the Women’s Pathway has afforded players plenty of opportunities to grow into World Cup-eligible selections. Following the reinvigoration of the National All-Star Competition and more competitive play for the AIG Women’s Collegiate and Junior All-American and Girls High School All-American powered by Atavus teams, the Eagles have debuted 34 internationals since the start of 2015. Eighteen of those players are included in the 28-woman roster for Ireland.

With an experienced squad in 2014, we knew we had to get younger for this World Cup,” Steinberg said. “The shortened cycle has made getting so many players the experience they need challenging. This is a group that will need to grow through the tournament to be able to play at our top potential. It is exciting, though, to see so many players going to Ireland that will be eligible in 2021.

Steinberg’s staff is bolstered by the additions of former World Cup Eagle Liz Kirk as a forwards specialist, experienced strength and conditioning professional Ian Gibbons, Richard Ashfield as a skills coach, and a highly capable team of physicians and physiotherapists tasked with keeping the Eagles at their healthy best through a grueling three-week tournament. The staff will work in tandem with ranging availability during the World Cup, as not all members of the coaching team will be in the assembly simultaneously.

I cannot say enough about the commitment of our staff and the work they put in,” Steinberg said. “Our goal is always to provide the same support for the women that the men get at their World Cup and I think we have been able to do that.”

More information regarding the U.S. broadcast of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks. To learn more about supporting the Eagles’ journey to the World Cup, please click here.

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USA Women’s Eagles | Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017:
Kathryn Augustyn Berkeley All Blues
Catherine Benson Life West
Sylvia Braaten Twin Cities Amazons
Stacey Bridges Twin Cities Amazons
Kayla Canett Pennsylvania State University
Cheta Emba Women’s Eagles Sevens
Tiffany Faaee New York Rugby Club
Jordan Gray Life West
Abby Gustaitis Northern Virginia Rugby
Nicole Heavirland Women’s Eagles Sevens
Nicole James Houston Athletic Rugby Club
Jessica Javelet Women’s Eagles Sevens
Alev Kelter Women’s Eagles Sevens
Deven Owsiany San Diego Surfers
Samantha Pankey San Diego Surfers
Sara Parsons Northern Virginia Rugby
Annakaren Pedraza Lindenwood University
Christiane Pheil Chicago North Shore
Naima Reddick Seattle Saracens
Jamila Reinhardt San Diego Surfers
Hope Rogers San Diego Surfers
Kimber Rozier Scion Sirens
Kristine Sommer Seattle Saracens
Naya Tapper Women’s Eagles Sevens
Kristen Thomas Women’s Eagles Sevens
Alycia Washington New York Rugby Club
Jess Wooden Aylesford Rugby Club
Kate Zackary San Diego Surfers

USA Eagles Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Coaching Staff:
Pete Steinberg – Head Coach
Peter Baggetta – Associate Head Coach
Richie Walker – Assistant Coach
Liz Kirk – Assistant Coach
Richard Ashfield – Assistant Coach
Ian Gibbons – Head of Physical Performance:
Katie Gloyer – Physician
Michelle Look – Physician
Amy Valenta – Physiotherapist
Sarah Leslie – Physiotherapist
Bri Arsenault – Physiotherapist
Caitlin Singletary – Video Analyst
Julie Sutcliffe – Sports Psychologist
Amie Kern – Assistant Manager & Massage Therapist:
Roshna Wunderlich – Manager

Eagles v. Italy – Wednesday, Aug. 9 @ 11:30 a.m. ET
Eagles v. Spain – Sunday, Aug. 13 @ 9:45 a.m. ET
Eagles v. England – Thursday, Aug. 17 @ 9:30 a.m. ET
Semifinals – Tuesday, Aug. 22
Finals – Saturday, Aug. 26

About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Lafayette, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 120,000 active members, with more than 40,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) would appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, in which both the men and women qualified. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.

Further Information:
Chad Wise | Coordinator, Communications | USA Rugby | cwise@usarugby.org

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