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LONDON, UK - Head Coach Rob Cain has named his match-day 23 to face England’s Red Roses this Friday, Nov. 9 at 2:45 PM ET, 1:45 PM CT, LIVE on FloRugby.

The full roster will feature five changes made to the starting XV with four new faces in as reserves and up to three new caps to be awarded overall follwing the USA's 67-6 loss to New Zealand in Chicago.


Jumping in at hooker for Katy Augustyn is Joanna Kitlinski, who joins the group after being activated as an injury reserve for Eti Haungatau. Kitlinski is partnered with prop Megan Rom, who suits up for Azniv Nalbandian after earning her first cap last week.

The backs are highlighted by Anna Karen Pedraza, who receives the start at scrumhalf, and Sarah Levy, who makes her debut at the wing. With Levy in at wing, KaitlynBroughton will shift to the fullback position in place of Meya Bizer

Changes to the starting XV are rounded up with 2017-18 Sorensen Award winner McKenzie Hawkins moving into center for Kimber Rozier, while the reserves see four adjustments to last week. 


Among them are Jennine Duncan and Melissa Finkelstein who have the opportunity to make their own debuts. Capped Women’s Eagles Kristine Sommer and Megan Foster may appear as well for the first time this November. 

“We are excited by the challenge that England presents us,” said Head Coach Rob Cain. “They are ranked second in the world and it’s going to be another great experience for us as a group. They will pose lots of different problems for us to solve with their accuracy and it will be up to us to control the space battle and create the pictures we want to see on the pitch.” 

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The Women’s National Team last faced England at Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 where the United States fell to the Red Roses before sealing their place in the Semifinals. 

England will play its first match of the November Internationals against the USA, marking the last time they took the pitch as their 33-11 victory over Ireland in the NatWest 6 Nations this year. 

Though they suffered a tough loss to the first-ranked Black Ferns in Chicago last weekend, the Eagles saw 13 players earn their first cap on home soil. As the program continues to shape its future, emphasizing more opportunities for emerging domestic athletes in the lead-up to Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021, the matchup this Friday will be another critical step in that venture. 

Both teams will be anxious to take the field once more as Head Coach Rob Cain leads his first test match on the road and the Red Roses return for the first time in eight months.

WATCH LIVE Friday, Nov 9 at 1:45 PM CT

U.S. Women’s National Team Starting Roster 

Player

Position

Club

Caps

1. Megan Rom

Prop

Life University

1

2. Joanna Kitlinski

Hooker

Glendale Merlins

7

3. Catie Benson

Prop

Life West Gladiatrix

15

4. Stacey Bridges

Lock

Beantown Rugby

34

5. Alycia Washington

Lock

New York Rugby

15

6. Rachel Johnson

Flanker

Oregon Sports Rugby

1

7. Kate Zackary (C)

Flanker

San Diego Surfers

7

8. Jordan Gray-Matyas

No. 8

Women's Sevens Residency

16

9. Anna Karen Pedraza

Scrumhalf

Lindenwood University

2

10. Gabby Cantorna

Flyhalf

Glendale Merlins

1

11. Sarah Levy*

Wing

New York Rugby

0

12. McKenzie Hawkins

Center

Lindenwood University

1

13. Emily Henrich

Center

Dartmouth College

1

14. Kelsi Stockert

Wing

Women's Sevens Residency

6

15. Kaitlyn Broughton

Fullback

Atlanta Harlequins

1


U.S. Women’s National Team Reserves

Player

Position

Club

Caps

16. Joyce Taufa

Reserve

Lindenwood University

1

17. Azniv Nalbandian

Reserve

Penn State University

1

18. Nick James

Reserve

Houston Athletic

4

19. Melissa Finkelstein*

Reserve

Glendale Merlins 

0

20. Kristine Sommer

Reserve

Harlequins (ENG) / Seattle Saracens

5

21. Nikki Kenyon

Reserve

Women's Sevens Residency / Life West Gladiatrix

1

22. Megan Foster

Reserve

San Diego Surfers

4

23. Jennine Duncan*

Reserve

Seattle Saracens

0

U.S. Women's National Team Staff

Head Coach | Rob Cain

Assistant Coach | Richard Ashfield

Assistant Coach | Kate Daley

Assistant Coach & Team Manager | Jamie Burke

Head of Physical Performance | Ian Jones

Head Performance Analyst | David Gardner

Team Doctor | Terrence Cronin

Head Athletic Trainer | Bri Arsenault 

Assistant Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry





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