Eagle Women's Roster Picked For Super Series

Lindenwood's Joyce Taufa Gets Eagle Nod

Create a free account to unlock this video!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

USA WINT 15s head Coach Rob Cain has named his full squad for the Women’s Rugby Super Series 2019 taking place June 28 to July 14 in San Diego, CA, broadcast LIVE on FloRugby.com.  

A total of 28 players have been named with another seven injury reserves and the opportunity for up to nine new caps to be awarded.

Five players have been selected from the USA Women’s Sevens Residency program including Alev Kelter, Kris Thomas, Hope Rogers, Eti Haungatau and Ashlee Byrge. 


Eagle Women Prep For Barbarians

Create a free account to unlock this video!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In



Rogers, Haungatau, and Byrge joined the Women’s Eagles during their historic matchup with Barbarians F.C. in April, where Haungatau scored two impressive tries and made several crucial runs in a thrilling contest. Kelter and Thomas last suited up with the 15s side for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017. 

Dartmouth College’s Emily Henrich will also return to the fold after winning the 2019 MA Sorenson Award, presented to the top college player in women’s rugby. Henrich last competed during the November Internationals 2018 where she earned her first cap against New Zealand. 

“Those selected, and many others in the player pool who were so unfortunate to miss out, have all worked tirelessly with the sole aim of improving every day we have together," said Cain "The Super Series is the perfect platform for our squad to showcase this and continue to express themselves as they keep exploring and developing our USA brand of rugby. 

“We are under no illusions how tough the competition will be, but we also know how invaluable this experience is for us as a team. Having nine possible debutants and only five players in the 28 squad in double figures for caps shows how important these games are for their development as individuals and collectively as a program. 

“We knew where we were in 2018 and the first part of 2019 has allowed us to build upon this. This new chapter in the Women’s Eagles story is only ten months old and we have another 26-27 months of exciting adventures ahead as we look to Rugby World Cup New Zealand in 2021.”

 

The Women’s Eagles will assemble on June 22 in San Diego, CA for the two-week Women’s Rugby Super Series featuring No. 1 New Zealand, No. 2 England, No. 3 Canada and No. 4 France. The first four rounds will be hosted at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista with the final round taking place at University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium. Two matches will be played per round. 

Every game is on FloRugby and will be viewable in every country around the world (with one or two exceptions)

Ticket packages are available at usarugby.org/superseries2019.

U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM 15s FULL SQUAD

PLAYER NAME

POSITION

CLUB

CAPS

Katy Augustyn

Hooker

Berkeley All Blues

33

Bui Baravilala

Center

San Diego Surfers

6

Catie Benson

Prop

Life West Gladiatrix

17

Amy Naber-Bonté

Center

Life West Gladiatrix

1

Stacey Bridges

Second row

Beantown Rugby

36

Ashlee Byrge

Scrumhalf

USA Women's Sevens Residency

0

Elizabeth Cairns

Back row

Life West Gladiatrix

8

Gabriella Cantorna

Flyhalf

Glendale Merlins

3

Jennine Duncan

Back Three

Seattle Saracens

2

Fane "Eti" Haungatau

Center

USA Women's Sevens Residency

0

Emily Henrich

Center

Dartmouth College

2

Katana Howard

Flyhalf

Twin City Amazons

0

Charli Jacoby

Prop

Chicago North Shore

0

Nick James

Prop

Houston Athletic

6

Rachel Johnson

Back Row

Oregon Rugby Sports Union

3

Alev Kelter

Center

USA Women's Sevens Residency

9

Joanna Kitlinski

Hooker

Glendale Merlins

8

Bulou Mataitoga

Fullback

Berkeley All Blues

0

Olivia Ortiz

Scrumhalf

Davenport University

0

Neariah "Nene" Persinger

Wing

Unattached

0

Hope Rogers

Hooker/Prop

USA Women's Sevens Residency

25

Asinate Serevi

Back Row/ Second Row

Scion Rugby

2

Kristine Sommer

Flanker

Seattle Saracens (USA)
Harlequins (ENG)

7

Nicole Strasko

Second Row / Back Row

Life West Gladiatrix

3

Joycelynn Taufa

Back Row

Lindenwood University

3

Kris Thomas

Wing

USA Women's Sevens Residency

7

Alycia Washington

Second Row

New York Rugby

17

Kate Zackary (C)

Back Row

San Diego Surfers

9

TRAVELING RESERVES 

PLAYER NAME

POSITION

CLUB

CAPS

Tess Feury

Wing

Morris

6

Megan Foster

Fullback

San Diego Surfers

5

Sam Luther

Second row

Glendale Merlins

0

Christiane Pheil

Back row

Atlanta Harlequins

8

Shamira Robles

Back Three

New York Rugby

0

Kimber Rozier

Center

Beantown

31

Carly Waters

Halfback

New York Rugby

2


U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
General Manager | 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 | Michaela Staniford

Head Performance Analyst | Dave Gardner 

Team Doctor | Terence Cronin

Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry 

Athletic Trainer | Danielle Allen

MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: Houston Sabercats

The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

More Rugby! Super Rugby Australia Kicks Off With Reds vs Waratahs

Much to the delight of many rugby fans all around the world, Super Rugby began a New Zealand-only competition three weeks ago, giving spectators something great to feast their eyes on after a long rugby layoff since the start of the pandemic. Well, starting this weekend the rugby universe will be treated to another great competition, as Super Rugby now begins its Australian-only league. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

TWO UNBEATENS REMAIN: Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 4 Preview

Through three rounds of Super Rugby Aotearoa, it's the Blues and the Crusaders who still remain unbeaten, while the Chiefs and the Hurricanes are still in search of a first victory on the season. The Highlanders, meanwhile, sit at 1-1 after two heart-stopping fixtures against the Chiefs and the Blues. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Date Set For New Zealand's North vs South Island Battle

For the first time since the mid 1980's, New Zealand is set to reintroduce the famous North vs South Island match on August 29th, pitting players from each of the two parts of New Zealand against one another to settle where the best rugby players in the country truly come from. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: Colorado Raptors

The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Could New Zealand Be Hosting The Entire 2020 Rugby Championship?

With much of the world shut down still thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, rumors are swirling that New Zealand could be home to the entire 2020 Rugby Championship. The past three weeks have seen the beginning of the Super Rugby Aotearoa, a competition involving just the four New Zealand Super Rugby franchises. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: Austin Gilgronis

The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Round 3: Super Rugby Aotearoa Team of the Week

Round 3 of Super Rugby Aotearoa was the most competitive one yet, and as such there is a fairly even distribution of players from all four teams on the team of the week. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Rees' Pieces Vol. 6: Is There Too Much Emphasis On Test Rugby?

My name is Alex Rees and  I am introducing a new FloRugby column titled "Rees' Pieces". I currently play rugby in Austin, Texas for the Austin Huns and the Austin Gilgronis, as well as write and create content for FloSports. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

10 Monday Notes: A Pair Of Super Rugby Aotearoa Nailbiters

Round 3 of the Super Rugby Aotearoa season provided the most competitive weekend of rugby we've seen since rugby ended back in March. The Chiefs were close to pulling off an upset over the Crusaders in Christchurch, while the Highlanders were just inches from knocking off the Blues. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In