USA Prepares For Super Series Finale

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USA Women's National Team head coach Rob Cain has named his lineup to take on World #4 France in the final weekend of the Women's Super Series.

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Cain has made seven changes to the starting 15 with four players from last week’s impactful bench taking starting positions. 

Among them are props Hope Rogers and Nick James, as well as lock Stacey Bridges who, as the most capped Eagle in the current squad, will make her 40th international appearance against France. 


Bridges is joined by fellow lock Nicole Strasko, who earns her first starting position of the tournament after coming in as a reserve against New Zealand. 

With Fane Haungatau recovering from injury, center Amy Talei Bonte will jump in as a starter. The forward pack is rounded out with Joyce Taufa in at flanker.

The backs will see wing Neariah Persinger return from injury to earn her first official cap. Persinger was clinical when the USA faced the Barbarians in April, scoring two tries to accompany a number of exciting runs. 

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As Sunday approaches, the Eagles’ lineup of reserves will look to make another sound impact as Katy Augustyn and Bui Baravilala  are back. Augustyn earned her 34th cap last match to pass USA Hall of Famer Phaidra Knight as the fourth-most capped Women’s Eagle. Baravilala has been in two of the three Super Series matchups missing the last one to a minor injury.  


STARTERS

NAME

POSITION

CLUB

CAPS

1. Hope Rogers

Prop

USA Sevens

28

2. Joanna Kitlinski

Hooker

Glendale Merlins

11

3. Nick James

Prop

Houston Athletic

9

4. Nicole Strasko

Lock

Life West Gladiatrix

4

5. Stacey Bridges

Lock

Beantown Rugby

39

6. Rachel Johnson

Flanker

Oregon Sports Union

4

7. Joyce Taufa

Flanker

Lindenwood University

5

8. Kate Zackary (C)

No. 8

San Diego Surfers

12

9. Ashlee Byrge

Scrumhalf

USA Sevens

3

10. Gabriella Cantorna

Flyhalf

Glendale Merlins

5

11. Jennine Duncan

Wing

Seattle Saracens

3

12. Amy Talei Bonte

Center

Life West Gladiatrix

3

13. Emily Henrich

Center

Dartmouth Rugby

5

14. Neariah Persinger

Wing

Unattached

0

15. Alev Kelter

Fullback

USA Sevens

12


RESERVES

NAME

POSITION

CLUB

CAPS

16. Catie Benson

Reserve

Life West Gladiatrix

20

17. Charli Jacoby

Reserve

Chicago North Shore

3

18. Katy Augustyn

Reserve

Berkeley All Blues

34

19. Asinate Serevi

Reserve

Scion Rugby

4

20. Kristine Sommer

Reserve

Harlequins (ENG) Seattle Saracens 

10

21. Olivia Ortiz

Reserve

Davenport University

3

22. Bui Baravilala

Reserve

San Diego Surfers

8

23. Kris Thomas

Reserve

USA Sevens

10

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 of Physical Performance | Ian Jones
Head Performance Analyst | Dave Gardner
Team Doctor | Terrence Cronin
Head Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry
Athletic Trainer | Danielle Allen

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