Eagles Lineup For 1st Can-Am Test

USA Lineup USA 2019 Super Series Orlando Ramirez USA Today Sports.jpg

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Three uncapped American players will start Wednesday's match against Canada, with another two set to debut off of the bench. 

Life West lock Frieda Fetuu, Twin Cities No. 8 Katie Johnson, and Life West fullback Leti Hingano all three get the nod in the starting XV for their international debuts. 

Beantown hooker Kathryn Treder and Glendale prop Maya Learned both hope to get their first caps as well off the bench. 

Here's the roster breakdown:

Front Row

The starting front row features the experienced Catie Benson at loosehead prop, and three-cap Charli Jacoby at tighthead prop. The two of them are both strong in the tackle and in the carry, but also scrummage well. 

Joanna Kitlinski gets the nod at hooker. Her experience and versatility make her an extremely important part of the Eagles' gameplan. She can cover multiple positions, and she is very athletic for a front rower. The important thing on Wednesday will be her accuracy at the set piece. 


Second Row

Kristine Sommer pairs up with Fetuu in the second row, forming a very powerful lock combination. Both are good in defense and can chew up ground in attack. 

Sommer is back from her stint in the English Premiership, where she's competed with and against some of the best players in the game. Her experience at the highest level will be great for the newer caps to learn from.

Back Row

Katie Johnson will make her debut at the back of the scrum in the #8 shirt, and her life will be made much easier by the two caliber flankers in front of her in Rachel Johnson and Kate Zackary.

Zackary captains the side once again, and her test-level experience should aide the Johnsons tremendously. If you're looking for a more athletic back row than this Eagles one, you'll have to look pretty hard! All three are potent with ball in hand, so expect to see some good stuff out of our back row. 

Halfbacks

The Glendale Merlins hookup between Carly Waters and Gaby Cantorna gets the start for Wednesday. Waters and Cantorna were in fantastic form this season in the WPL, running the show and winning the championship. 


The two also played their collegiate rugby at Penn State together, so at this stage they know each other awfully well! 

Neither Waters nor Cantorna are particularly big, but they both get their noses in there and make tackles, which you love to see from any halfback. 

Centers

Amy Naber-Bonte and Emily Henrich will start in the centers for the Eagles, and boy is that alot of electricity in there! 


Naber-Bonte was sensational all season for Life West, constantly breaking the line, scoring tries, and putting teammates away. She'll have one of the best teammates on her outside with Henrich, who seems to always command at least two defenders to take her down every time she touches the ball. 

With Naber-Bonte's distributing and Henrich's strike running we could see some really nice link-ups on Wednesday. 

Back Three

Leti Hingano will make her USA Eagles debut at fullback alongside Seattle Saracen Jennine Duncan and Glendale Merlin and WPL Championship MVP Kaitlyn Broughton. 


There is heaps of firepower between these three, meaning Canada will have to very accurate with their kicking game. All three players do a great job of pumping their legs through contact and it's always going to take maximum effort to bring them to deck. 

You can expect there to also be some pretty big collisions, with our back three likely to be the more powerful of the two sides. They'll be looking to stamp their authority on the game, and make the Canadians think twice about taking them on. 

However, the class of some of the Canadian backline players means our back three better be on their toes and ready to come up and make tackles when there are breaks. 

Reserves

As was mentioned above, both Kathryn Treder and Maya Learned could make their inaugural Eagles appearances in the front row. Joining them up front could be HARC's strong and experienced Nick James.

The replacement locks are two very active and very athletic players in Life West's Nicole Strasko and New York's Alycia Washington. Washington is the second most capped player in the team behind only Catie Benson.

In the backs, fiery Olivia Ortiz will likely come in at scrumhalf, with skillful flyhalf Katana Howard and hot stepper Bui Baravailala providing cover at center and potentially in the back three. 

1. Catherine BensonPropLife West Gladiatrix21
2. Joanna KitlinskiHookerGlendale Merlins12
3. Charli JacobyPropChicago North Shore4
4. Kristine SommerLockSeattle Saracens11
5. Frieda FetuuLockLife West Gladiatrixuncapped
6. Rachel JohnsonFlankerOregon Sports Union5
7. Katherine Zackary (C)FlankerSan Diego Surfers13
8. Kathryn JohnsonNo. 8Twin City Amazonsuncapped
9. Carly WatersScrumhalfGlendale Merlins2
10. Gabriella CantornaFlyhalfGlendale Merlins6
11. Jennine DuncanWingSeattle Saracens5
12. Amy Naber-BonteCenterLife West Gladiatrix4
13. Emily Henrich (VC)CenterUSA Sevens6
14. Kaitlyn BroughtonWingGlendale Merlins3
15. Leti HinganoFullbackLife West Gladiatrixuncapped
16. Kathryn TrederReserveBeantown Rugbyuncapped
17. Nick JamesReserveHouston Athletic10
18. Maya LearnedReserveGlendale Merlinsuncapped
19. Nicole StraskoReserveLife West Gladiatrix5
20. Alycia WashingtonReserveNew York Rugby20
21. Olivia OrtizReserveDavenport University & North Shore4
22. Katana HowardReserveTwin City Amazons3
23. Bui BaravilalaReserveSan Diego Surfers9

Scotland On Fire In Match-up Against Georgia

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Darcy Graham quick-tapped near the goal-line and pinballed his way into the try-zone to get Scotland on the board after just two minutes. Adam Hastings was accurate from out wide to give the Scots an early 7-0 lead. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Wales & France Ready For Six Nations, Autumn Nations Cup

France

With international rugby coming back into full swing, two teams are looking for redemption and itching to make a statement on Saturday, as Wales takes on France. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Georgia & Scotland Set For Autumn Nations Cup Warm-up

Scotland

Georgia and Scotland are set to face off on Friday in a tune-up match for both teams ahead of a jam-packed autumn calendar. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

England's Wild Past 2 Years Ahead Of The Autumn Nations Cup

MaroItojeEatingTripleCrownTrophySB2000.jpg

What a topsy-turvy two years of rugby it’s been for England. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Autumn Nations Cup Is Rugby's Biggest Event In 2020

autumn-nations-cup-1024x556.jpg

To say Covid-19 flipped the world upside-down is to beat an already-dead horse, but we can acknowledge once more how it’s made sizable waves across the rugby universe. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Everything You Need To Know About Autumn Nations Cup

1.jpg

In March, the 2020 Six Nations was cut short with two rounds to play. But at long last, Wales, England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy will finish up the competition this fall. 

How to Watch Autumn Nations Cup Warm Up: France vs Wales

autumn-nations-cup-1024x556.jpg

Here's how to watch the Autumn Nations Cup Warm Up: France vs Wales on FloRugby.

How to Watch Autumn Nations Cup Warm Up: Scotland vs Georgia

autumn-nations-cup-1024x556.jpg

Here's how to watch the Autumn Nations Cup Warm Up: Scotland vs Georgia on FloRugby.

FloSports Partners With Rx Sports

flo rx.jpg

FloSports has partnered with Rx Sports, producer of world-class CBD products, perfect for your training recovery needs.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Round 4: Super Rugby Aotearoa/AU Team of the Week

Codie Taylor, Crusaders

With the Australian Super Rugby teams entering the fold this week, the Super Rugby Team of the Week selection just got a whole lot tougher. There were plenty of great performances over the weekend, and a few names on the sheet that continue to show up week in and week out. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In