Women’s Falcons set roster for Hokkaido Governor’s Cup Developmental women’s sevens team to play two-day tournament in Japan CHULA VISTA, CA. - 12 Women's Falcons have been selected to participate in the developmental Hokkaido Governor's Cup tournament taking place in Japan Sept 22-24 (based on Eastern time). The competition -- which includes 12 sevens teams -- will allow emerging USA women's players to gain valuable playing time ahead of selections for the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2019 at the senior level. Drawn in pool A, the USA will face teams from New Zealand, Diana and the Cook Islands. Australia, rival-Canada, Ireland and Japan will also bring teams to the Hokkaido event, with pool play taking up Day One and knockout rounds beginning on Day Two. In total, six members of the Falcons' squad come from the Women's Sevens residency program with the remaining six having displayed an exemplary performance at the Club 7s National Championships or National Academy Tournaments. Led by Chicago Lions Head Coach Dave Clancy, the team brings two senior women's players with Neariah Persinger and Megan Foster both making the cut. Persinger made her World Series debut in Kitakyushu last season while Foster last helped the Women's Sevens claim silver at the 2018 Dubai Sevens tournament. Both also have considerable developmental and senior club experience -- respectively -- with Persinger having competed in several Falcons competitions to date and Foster recently winning the Club 7s National Championships with the San Diego Surfers. Life West Gladiatrix Nikki Kenyon earned a selection, as well, after winning Bronze at the aforementioned Club 7s Championships. Kenyon and returning Falcons Ashlee Byrge, Dani McDonald and Kasey McCravey will also feature in the Hokkaido tournament. USA Rugby General Manager for Women's High Performance Emilie Bydwell said: "The Governor's Cup tournament gives us an excellent opportunity to send a talented, young Falcons team to compete prior to the World Series kicking off in October in Denver. The residents in this group are developing well but they need an opportunity to test all they have learned in a World Series environment. The competition will give the other seven players a taste of what the jump to international 7s looks like and show national team staff that they have the attributes to make them competitive in the World Series." The Women's Falcons will kickoff the tournament on Saturday, Sep 22 at 9:22 PM ET against Diana. The Cook Islands will follow next with pool rounds closing out against New Zealand. Through the tournament, fans can stay tuned for updates by following @USARugby on Twitter. Player Club Rugby Resume Notes Amanda Berta USA Women's Sevens Residency Ashlee Byrge USA Women's Sevens Residency • Returning Women's Falcon • Part of Army World Class Athlete Program Megan Foster San Diego Surfers • Senior Women's Sevens player • Won Club 7s National Championships Allison Gallagher Scion Rugby Nikki Kenyon USA Women's Sevens Residency • Won Club 7s National Championships Bronze with Life West Kristi Kirshe Boston Rugby • Named to the National Academy Tournament Dream Team by Northeast Rugby Kasey McCravey USA Women's Sevens Residency • Returning Women's Falcon Dani Mcdonald USA Women's Sevens Residency • Returning Women's Falcon Jade McGrath Scion Rugby Neariah Persinger USA Women's Sevens Residency • Senior Women's Sevens player • Returning Women's Falcon Shamira Robles New York Rugby • 2018 Women's Collegiate All-American (7s) Paige Stathopoulos Boston Rugby Women's Falcons Staff Head Coach | Dave Clancy Athletic Trainer | Sarah Leslie Team Manager | Josie Ziluca Women's Falcons Schedule vs Diana Sat, Sep 22 | 9:22 PM ET vs Cook Islands Sat, Sep 22 | 11:20 PM ET vs New Zealand Sun, Sep 23 | 12:56 AM ET Knockout rounds begin Sun, Sep 23 at 8 PM *Schedule subject to change. Find All We Do Here: -Web: www.RugbyWrapUp.com -Twitter: twitter.com/RugbyWrapUp @RugbyWrapUp, @Matt_McCarthy00, @JonnyLewisFilms, @Junoir Blaber, @JWB_RWU, @Luke Bienstock, @Ronan Nelson, @MeetTheMatts, @Declan Yeats. -Face Book: www.facebook.com/RugbyWrapUp -Instagram: www.instagram.com/RugbyWrapUp -YouTube: www.youtube.com/RugbyWrapUp -Google + (Yes, apparently that's still a thing): plus.google.com/+RugbyWrapUp -Apple PodCasts: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rugby…d1253199236?mt=29236?mt=2 And as always, stay low and keep pumping those legs.