Full Squad for USA Women’s National Team XVs Announced for November Can-Am Series

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-Women’s Eagles name 27 players for two November tests against Canada
-Up to seven players could earn their first cap
-Matches take place November 20 and 24 at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
-Open admission for all fans; matches broadcast LIVE on florugby.com

Press Release from Aalina Tabani.

CHULA VISTA, CA. – USA Women’s National Team XVs Head Coach Rob Cain has named 27 players with two traveling reserves for a two match test series against rival-Canada on November 20 and November 24 in Chula Vista, CA. Nine additional injury reserves have also been selected. Both matches kick off at 3 PM PT at the Elite Athlete Training Center with a LIVE broadcast on FloRugby.com and open admission for all fans.

The active roster features ten pool players who didn’t have the opportunity to feature during the June Super Series, including seven who could earn their first cap.

Two of which include 2016 Olympian Kathryn Johnson and USA Under-20s player Elizabeth Wilson. Johnson has also played in ten HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stops while Wilson competed in the last two U20 Tri-Nations Cup in Canada and England, respectively.

The seven potential new caps are joined by returners Carly Waters, Kaitlyn Broughton and Sarah Levy who could all play their first test matches since the Autumn Internationals 2018. Waters was involved in the Eagles April match against the Barbarians and was an injury reserve for the aforementioned Super Series.

Led by Captain Kate Zackary, the Can-Am series will cap off one of the busiest years in program history. Dating back to November of 2018, the USA Women have played eight test matches against opponents ranked in the world’s top four, as well as another four non-tests against A-level, invitational and exhibition sides.

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The 27-player roster features 147 cumulative test caps.

We’ve had some really positive headaches as a coaching group in terms of this selection. Every time we come together now selection is getting harder and harder which is a very positive sign,” said Head Coach Rob Cain.We have a large group of players performing well and the ability to see so many players compete for the Eagles at senior and U20 levels, through the Women’s Premier League, Collegiate and various other platforms created the past 12 months has been key to this. 

Our focus alongside continued development is opportunity through performance and embracing this inner competition will be critical as we continue towards 2020 and 2021. Our success isn’t solely on the group rostered but also the non-selected who were important in driving performances through the inner competition. The exciting thing is to always see players take the chances they get and we hope this group does so with both hands against Canada.

The Women’s Eagles will assemble on November 15 to begin preparation for the two match series. For more information on how to support the USA Women’s Eagles against Canada and in their build-up towards Rugby World Cup 2021, contact Chris Reed at creed@usa.rugby.

ROSTER 

PLAYER NAME

POSITION

CLUB

CAPS

Bui Baravilala

Center

San Diego Surfers

9

Catherine Benson

Prop

Life West Gladiatrix

21

Katherine Broughton

Back Three

Glendale Merlins

3

Gabriella Cantorna

Flyhalf

Glendale Merlins

6

Jennine Duncan

Back Three

Seattle Saracens

5

Frieda Fetuu

Lock

Life West Gladiatrix

uncapped

Leti Hingano

Back Three

Life West Gladiatrix

uncapped

Katana Howard

Flyhalf

Twin Cities Amazons

3

Emily Henrich

Center

USA Sevens

6

Charli Jacoby

Prop

Chicago North Shore

4

Nick James

Prop

Houston Athletic

10

Katie Johnson

Back Row

Twin Cities Amazons

uncapped

Rachel Johnson

Back Row

Oregon Sports Union

5

Joanna Kitlinski

Hooker

Glendale Merlins

12

Maya Learned

Prop

Glendale Merlins

uncapped

Sara Levy

Back Three

New York Rugby

1

Bulou Mataitoga

Center

Berkeley All Blues

3

Amy Naber-Bonte

Center

Life West Gladiatrix

4

Olivia Ortiz

Scrumhalf

Davenport University & Chicago North Shore

4

Kristine Sommer

Lock

Seattle Saracens

11

Nicole Strasko

Lock

Life West Gladiatrix

5

Juliann Tordonato

Center

Glendale Merlins

uncapped

Kathryn Treder

Hooker

Beantown Rugby

uncapped

Alycia Washington

Lock

New York Rugby

20

Carly Waters

Scrumhalf

Glendale Merlins

2

Elizabeth Wilson

Back Row

NOVA

uncapped

Kate Zackary (C)

Back Row

San Diego Surfers

13

TRAVELING RESERVES 

PLAYER NAME

POSITION

CLUB

CAPS

Ashlee Byrge

Scrumhalf

San Diego Surfers

4

Darina Roe

Flyhalf

Penn State

uncapped

INJURY RESERVES 

PLAYER NAME

POSITION

CLUB

CAPS

Elizabeth Cairns

Back Row

Life West Gladiatrix

11

Rachel Ehrecke

Back Row

Glendale Merlins

uncapped

Tess Feury

Back Three

New York Rugby

6

Saher Hamden

Hooker

Notre Dame College

uncapped

Mackenzie Hawkins

Flyhalf

Glendale Merlins

3

Jenny Kronish

Lock

Glendale Merlins

uncapped

Azniv Nalbandian

Prop

Glendale Merlins

3

Megan Rom

Prop

Atlanta Harlequins

2

Nichole Wanamaker

Back Three

Glendale Merlins

Uncapped

Unavailable due to injury 

Stacey Bridges, Hope Rogers, Sam Luther, Amelia Bizer.

Unavailable due to competition in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020

Alev Kelter, Fane Haungatau, Kris Thomas, Jordan Gray

STAFF
Director of Women’s High Performance | Emilie Bydwell

Head Coach | Rob Cain

Assistant Coach | Jamie Burke

Assistant Coach | Kate Daley

Assistant Coach   Rich Ashfield

Coach/Team Manager | Jenny Lui

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach | Ian Jones

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach | Conor Sweeney

Head Performance Analyst | Dave Gardner

Team Doctor | Terence Cronin

Athletic Trainer | Bri Arsenault

Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry

CAN-AM SCHEDULE: All matches LIVE on florugby.com.

Wednesday, Nov 20

vs Canada

KO: 3 PM PT, 6 PM ET

Sunday, Nov 24

vs Canada

KO: 3 PM PT, 6 PM ET

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