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United States women's national rugby union team

The USA Women's National Team XVs is the senior national team for the United States in the 15-a-side version of rugby. The team was officially formed in 1987 and is nicknamed the Eagles.

United States
UnionUSA Rugby
Nickname(s)Eagles
Coach(es)Rob Cain
Captain(s)Kate Zackary
Most capsJamie Burke (51)
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 United States 22 – 3 Canada 
(Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 14 November 1987)
Largest win
 United States 121 – 0 Japan 
(Melrose, Scotland 15 April 1994)
Largest defeat
 New Zealand 88 – 8 United States 
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 11 September 1996)
World Cup
Appearances7 (First in 1991)
Best resultChampions 1991

An international powerhouse during the 1990s— the Eagles won the inaugural 1991 Women's World Cup and finished second in the two following World Cups in 1994 and 1998. The team finished fourth in the most recent Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland.

In May 2018, the Rob Cain was appointed full-time Head Coach. Cain joined the Eagles after winning the inaugural Tyrell Premier 15s title in England with Saracens Women.

HistoryEdit

(Source: US Women's Rugby Foundation)

The history of women's rugby in the United States can be traced back to three teams that existed in 1972 – the Colorado State University Hookers at Fort Collins; the University of Colorado, at Boulder; and the University of Illinois, at Champaign. During the mid-1970s women's teams began to spring up on college campuses across the United States. As those players graduated they went on to set up teams near cities and urban centers. At that time there was only one division for all women's rugby. In 1975 United States Rugby Football Union was formed and contained four territories. At this time the women had their own Board of Directors and followed in parallel USARFU with four territories (East, Midwest, West and Pacific). In 1978 the first Women's National Championships was held. The Chicago Women's Rugby Club in Chicago, Illinois hosted this event. The winner of that championship was Portland, Maine.[citation needed]

1980s–1991Edit

In 1985 the first semblance of a national team was formed. An ‘invitation-only’ team was put together and made up of, arguably, the top women playing the game at the time. The team was named WIVERN and toured throughout England and France. The team finished the tour undefeated. Many of these players went on to be selected to the 1991 World Cup Team.

In 1987 the USA women's national team was officially born with their first match against the Canadian women's national team. Although the women were not permitted to wear the Eagle logo, this match was sanctioned by Rugby Canada and USA Rugby. USA and Canada began holding an annual match, which became known as the CanAm series. For ten years the Women Eagles went undefeated in this test series.[citation needed]

In 1990 the women's national team, competing under the name ‘USA Presidents 15’, traveled to New Zealand to compete in the historic Women's World Rugby Festival. The WNT posted a record of 3-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of New Zealand. In 1991 the first Women's Rugby World Cup was held in Cardiff, Wales. Coached by Beantown's Kevin O’Brien, a Welshman himself, and Minnesota's Chris Leach, a South African the stage was set for the US women to bring home the Cup. Defeating New Zealand in semi-final play, the USA women advanced to the finals where they defeated England. Also in 1991 the first woman was elected to serve on the USARFU Board of Directors. Jamie Jordan was elected Treasurer for the Board.[citation needed]

PresentEdit

The USA Women's National Team XVs most recently finished fourth at Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland which earned them automatic qualification to the next World Cup in New Zealand in 2021. In early 2018, the program hired former Women's National Team player Emilie Bydwell to serve as its General Manager of Women's High Performance. Soon after in May, Rob Cain was appointed full-time Head Coach and has since helped lead the program in a new direction.

The Women's National Team Program fields a number of age-grade and development programs including the High School All-Americans (U18), Under-20s, Collegiate All-Americans and USA Selects. All age-grade and development programs are umbrellaed under the national team program and serve as a feeder to the senior Women's Eagles.

2019 Performance SquadEdit

The 2019 Performance Squad serves as the top tier of the USA Women's National Team XVs depth chart. Other tiers include the extended squad and the watchlist. Only the performance squad has been made public.

*All clubs listed below were current as of the announcement of the Performance Squad in February of 2019.

Player Name Position Club
Sui Aa'u Center Central Washington University
Tiana Aa'u Prop Central Washington University
Tiara Aa'u Prop Central Washington University
Katy Augustyn Hooker Berkeley All Blues
Bui Baravilala Center Berkeley All Blues
Catie Benson Prop Life West Gladiatrix
Stacey Bridges Second Row Beantown Rugby
Kaitlyn Broughton Back Three Atlanta Harlequins
Bitsy Cairns Back Row Life West Gladiatrix
Gabriella Cantorna Flyhalf Glendale Merlins
Jennine Duncan Back Three Seattle Saracens
Megan Foster Fullback San Diego Surfers
Misha Green Back Row New York Rugby
McKenzie Hawkins Flyhalf Lindenwood University
Emily Henrich Center Dartmouth College
Evan Hoese Wing Berkeley All Blues
Katana Howard Flyhalf Twin City Amazons
Nick James Prop Houston Athletic
Bailey Johnson Second Row Twin City Amazons
Katie Johnson Back Row Twin City Amazons
Rachel Johnson Back Row Oregon Sports Union
Joanna Kitlinski Hooker Glendale Merlins
Cortney Kuehl Center Atlanta Harlequins
Bulou Mataitoga Fullback Berkeley All Blues
Azniv Nalbandian Prop Penn State University
Mary Jane Pasioles Halfback Central Washington University
Christian Pheil Back Row Atlanta Harlequins
Kat Ramage Half Back Dartmouth College
Megan Rom Prop Life University
Kimber Rozier Center Beantown Rugby
Kristine Sommer Second Row Harlequins / Seattle Saracens
Kelsi Stockert Back Three Unattached
McKenna Strong Second Row Lindenwood University
Finau Tamaivena No. 8 Seattle Saracens
Joyce Taufa Hooker Lindenwood University
Alycia Washington Second Row New York Rugby
Carly Waters Halfback New York Rugby
Kate Zackary Back Row San Diego Surfers

Super Series 2019 RosterEdit

Players that were chosen for the 2019 Super Series which took place in San Diego in June and featured England, New Zealand, Canada and France. The Eagles went 1-3 with a huge upset over No. 3 ranked Canada for their first win over their northern rivals in four years.

Player Name Position
Katy Augustyn Hooker
Bui Baravilala Center
Catie Benson Prop
Amy Naber-Bonte Center
Stacey Bridges Second Row
Ashlee Byrge Scrumhalf
Elizabeth Cairns Back row
Gabriella Cantorna Flyhalf
Jennine Duncan Back Three
Fane "Eti" Haungatau Center
Emily Henrich Center
Katana Howard Flyhalf
Charli Jacoby Prop
Nick James Prop
Rachel Johnson Back Row
Alev Kelter Center
Joanna Kitlinski Hooker
Bulou Mataitoga Fullback
Olivia Ortiz Scrumhalf
Neariah "Nene" Persinger Wing
Hope Rogers Hooker/Prop
Asinate Serevi Back Row / Second Row
Kristine Sommer Flanker
Nicole Strasko Second Row / Back Row
Joyce Taufa Back Row
Kris Thomas Wing
Alycia Washington Second Row
Kate Zackary Back Row

2019 Schedule & ResultsEdit

Date Opponent Result Location
April 26, 2019 Barbarians FC (uncapped) 33-34 (L) Glendale, CO
June 28, 2019 England 5-38 (L) Chula Vista, CA
July 2, 2019 New Zealand 0-33 (L) Chula Vista, CA
July 10, 2019 Canada 20-18 (W) Chula Vista, CA
July 13, 2019 France 14-53 (L) San Diego, CA
November 20, 2019 Canada TBD Chula Vista, CA
November 24, 2019 Canada TBD Chula Vista, CA


For match reports, visit www.usa.rugby/womens-eagles/schedule/

2017 World Cup TeamEdit

1991 World Cup TeamEdit

Other U.S. Women's National Rugby TeamsEdit

(Source: US Women's Rugby Foundation and USA Rugby)

The USA Women's National Rugby Team also has a team which competes in rugby sevens, the 7-a-side version of the sport which features in the Olympic Games. Known as the USA Women's Sevens or Eagles Sevens, the program had its most successful season of all-time in 2019, claiming five medals in six tournaments during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series where they finished with a World No. 2 ranking, won their first-ever gold medal and qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

In 1996 the first assembly of a National Women's 7s team was formed. Emil Signes held tryouts to pick a team to compete in the first Women's International 7s tournament to be held during the Hong Kong 7s event. The team competed under the name ‘Atlantis’, the National 7s program created by Emil, and finished their tour undefeated. Many of these players went on to compete for the USA Women's 7s Team in the Hong Kong 7s Women's Division.

In 1997 The U23 women's national team was formed. USA Women's National Team Head Coach Franck Boivert appointed Penn State Coach Peter Steinberg to be Head Coach for the U23 Women's National Team program. At an event in the CanAm Series the US Women's National Team celebrated their 10-year anniversary by cheering on the Women's U23 National Team in their first test against Canada.

Match List - Full InternationalsEdit

See Women's international rugby for information about the status of international games and match numbering

1980sEdit

[17]
1987-11-14 Canada   3-22   United States Victoria, British Columbia [1/1/1]
[27]
1988-08-08 United States   26-10   Canada Saranac Lake [2/2/2]
[33]
1989-09-03 Canada   3-28   United States Edmonton [3/3/3]


1990sEdit

[41]
1990-08-29 (RF) Netherlands   0–38   United States Christchurch [17/4/1]
[43]
1990-08-30 (RF) New Zealand   9–3   United States Christchurch [3/5/1]
[44]
1990-08-31 (RF) United States   32–0   Soviet Union Christchurch [6/3/1]
[49]
1991-04-06 (WC) Netherlands   0-7   United States Pontypool [18/7/2]
[57]
1991-04-10 (WC) United States   46-0   Soviet Union Glamorgan Wanderers [8/5/2]
[59]
1991-04-12 (WC) New Zealand   0-7   United States Cardiff Arms Park [7/9/2]
[61]
1991-04-14 (WC) England   6-19   United States Cardiff [10/10/1]
[65]
1992-09-13 United States   13-12   Canada Blaine, Minnesota [11/6/4]
[72]
1993-06-08 (CC) England   17-6   United States Fletcher's Fields, Toronto [14/12/2]
[74]
1993-06-10 (CC) United States   26-0   Wales Fletcher's Fields, Toronto [13/11/1]
[76]
1993-06-12 (CC) Canada   3-60   United States Markham, Ontario [9/14/5]
[83]
1994-04-11 (WC) Sweden   0-111   United States Melrose [10/15/1]
[89]
1994-04-15 (WC) Japan   0-121   United States Melrose [4/16/1]
[94]
1994-04-17 (WC) United States   76-0   Ireland Boroughmuir RFC [17/4/1]
[99]
1994-04-20 (WC) United States   56-15   Wales Gala RFC [18/19/2]
[108]
1994-04-24 (WC) England   38-23   United States Edinburgh Academicals RFC [23/19/3]
[142]
1996-09-08 (CC) France   16-39   United States Edmonton [36/20/1]
[143]
1996-09-11 (CC) New Zealand   88-8   United States Edmonton [12/20/3]
[146]
1996-09-14 (CC) Canada   14-22   United States Edmonton [17/22/6]
[168]
1997-07-06 Canada   12-21   United States Ajax, Ontario [18/23/7]
[169]
1997-08-02 Australia   24-28   United States Brisbane [4/24/1]
[193]
1998-05-02 (WC) Russia   0-84   United States Amsterdam [9/25/1]
[200]
1998-05-05 (WC) Spain   16-38   United States Amsterdam [16/26/1]
[207]
1998-05-09 (WC) Scotland   10-25   United States Amsterdam [31/27/1]
[215]
1998-05-12 (WC) Canada   6-46   United States Amsterdam [22/28/8]
[229]
1998-05-16 (WC) New Zealand   44-12   United States Amsterdam [20/29/4]
[256]
1999-08-08 United States   16-11   Canada Saranac Lake, New York [30/24/9]
[257]
1999-10-13 (T99) Canada   18-15   United States Palmerston North, New Zealand [25/31/10]
[259]
1999-10-19 (T99) New Zealand   65-5   United States Palmerston North, New Zealand [23/32/5]


2000sEdit

[287]
2000-06-06 United States   10-17   Canada New York [33/27/11]
[290]
2000-09-23 (CC) England   31-7   United States Winnipeg [63/34/4]
[292]
2000-09-27 (CC) New Zealand   45-0   United States Winnipeg [25/35/6]
[295]
2000-09-30 (CC) Canada   9-15   United States Winnipeg [30/36/12]
[333]
2001-07-07 Canada   23-3   United States Twin Elm Park, Ottawa [31/37/13]
[334]
2001-08-05 United States   22-21   Canada Saranac Lake, New York [38/32/14]
[341]
2001-11-18 Wales   17-20   United States Ebbw Vale [58/39/3]
[342]
2001-11-24 Scotland   22-3   United States Inverleith [57/40/2]
[364]
2002-05-13 (WC) United States   87-0   Netherlands Barcelona [41/56/3]
[373]
2002-05-18 (WC) France   21-9   United States Barcelona [77/42/2]
[382]
2002-05-21 (WC) Australia   0-18   United States Barcelona [16/43/2]
[390]
2002-05-25 (WC) Spain   5-23   United States Barcelona [48/44/2]
[420]
2003-06-18 (CC) England   15-8   United States Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver [92/45/5]
[421]
2003-06-20 (CC) Canada   18-13   United States Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver [41/46/15]
[465]
2004-06-13 (CC) New Zealand   35-0   United States Calgary Rugby Park [36/47/7]
[467]
2004-06-19 (CC) Canada   10-29   United States Edmonton [45/48/16]
[474]
2004-11-27 Scotland   6-12   United States Murrayfield, Edinburgh [82/49/3]
[519]
2006-01-21 Scotland   6-13   United States Netherdale, Gala RFC [90/50/4]
[520]
2006-01-25 Ireland   5-23   United States ? [68/51/2]
[554]
2006-06-10 United States   25-10   Canada Boulder, Colorado [52/55/17]
[555]
2006-06-13 United States   18-20   Canada Boulder, Colorado [53/56/18]
[562]
2006-08-31 (WC) England   18-0   United States St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [120/54/6]
[570]
2006-09-04 (WC) Ireland   11-24   United States Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [76/55/3]
[575]
2006-09-08 (WC) Australia   6-10   United States Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [20/56/3]
[580]
2006-09-12 (WC) United States   29-12   Australia St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [21/57/4]
[586]
2006-09-17 (WC) Scotland   0-24   United States Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton [100/58/5]
[655]
2007-12-15 England   34-0   United States London Irish [134/61/7]
[712]
2008-08-19 England   50-3   United States Esher, England [143/62/8]
[713]
2008-08-22 (NC) England   17-14   United States Esher, England [144/63/9]
[715]
2008-07-26 (NC) Canada   15-0   United States Esher, England [67/64/21]
[758]
2009-06-27 United States   17-25   Canada Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado [65/69/22]
[762]
2009-08-10 (NC) England   36-7   United States Oakville, Ontario [152/66/10]
[763]
2009-08-16 (NC) South Africa   0-39   United States Oakville, Ontario [14/67/1]
[766]
2009-08-19 (NC) Canada   10-15   United States Oakville, Ontario [72/68/23]
[767]
2009-08-22 (NC) France   15-15   United States Fletchers Fields, Toronto [138/69/3]


2010sEdit

[790]
2010-01-12 United States   8-18   Canada Lakeland, Florida [70/76/24]
[791]
2010-01-16 United States   11-10   Canada Lakeland, Florida [71/77/25]
[829]
2010-06-14 Canada   14-8   United States Shawnigan Lake School [81/72/26]
[830]
2010-06-18 Canada   34-22   United States Bear Mountain Stadium, Langford [82/73/27]
[836]
2010-08-20 (WC) Kazakhstan   0-51   United States Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [46/74/1]
[845]
2010-08-24 (WC) Ireland   22-12   United States Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [104/75/4]
[852]
2010-08-28 (WC) England   37 – 10   United States Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [166/76/11]
[856]
2010-09-01 (WC) Ireland   3 – 40   United States Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [106/77/5]
[862]
2010-09-05 (WC) Canada   20 – 23   United States Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [87/78/28]
[900]
2011-08-02 (NC) England   15-11   United States Oakville, Ontario [174/79/12]
[902]
2011-08-05 (NC) Canada   35-17   United States Chatham-Kent, Ontario [89/80/29]
[903]
2011-08-09 (NC) United States   23-26   South Africa Oakville, Ontario [81/27/2]
[905]
2011-08-13 (NC) United States   29-9   South Africa Oakville, Ontario [82/28/3]
[959]
2012-11-18 Italy   20-34   United States Centro Sportivo diRoma [101/83/1]
[960]
2012-11-21 France   13-0   United States Stade Marcel Garcin, Orléans [167/84/4]
[962]
2012-11-24 France   27-3   United States Stade de France, Paris [168/85/5]
[994]
2013-06-07 United States   13-10   France Oxnard College [86/174/6]
[995]
2013-06-11 United States   25-27   France Oxnard College [87/175/7]
[996]
2013-06-14 United States   12-18   France StubHub Center Campus, Carson, California [88/176/8]
[1004]
2013-07-30 (NC) United States   32-22   South Africa University of Northern Colorado [89/29/4]
[1006]
2013-08-04 (NC) United States   29-17   Canada University of Northern Colorado [90/93/30]
[1008]
2013-08-07 (NC) United States   21-36   England University of Northern Colorado [91/204/13]
[1009]
2013-08-10 (NC) United States   61-5   South Africa Infinity Park, Glendale [92/32/5]
[1038]
2014-04-15 Canada   51-7   United States Shawnigan Lake School, British Columbia [99/93/31]
[1039]
2014-04-19 Canada   14-10   United States WesthillsBC, British Columbia [100/94/32]
[1051]
2014-06-28 Wales   7-10   United States Wales [157/95/4]
[1060]
2014-08-01 (WC) United States   17-23   Ireland CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 2 [96/127/6]
[1063]
2014-08-05 (WC) United States   47–7   Kazakhstan CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 2 [97/60/2]
[1073]
2014-08-09 (WC) New Zealand   34–3   United States CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 1 [74/98/8]
[1079]
2014-08-13 (WC) Australia   20–23   United States CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 1 [38/99/5]
[1083]
2014-08-17 (WC) United States   5–55   New Zealand CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 1 [100/76/9]
[1113]
2015-06-27 (SS) United States   13–39   England Calgary, Alberta [101/223/14]
[1116]
2015-07-1 (SS) Canada   28 – 36   United States Red Deer, Alberta [110/102/33]
[1117]
2015-07-05 (SS) New Zealand   47–14   United States Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton, Alberta [79/103/10]
[1143]
2016-07-01 (SS) France   19 – 13   United States Salt Lake City, Utah [203/104/9]
[1145]
2016-07-05 (SS) Canada   33 – 5   United States Salt Lake City, Utah [113/105/34]
[1147]
2016-07-09 (SS) England   39 – 13   United States Salt Lake City, Utah [235/106/15]
[1167]
2016-11-22 France   36–10   United States Béziers [207/107/10]
[1169]
2016-11-25 France   31–6   United States Montpellier [208/108/11]
[1191]
2017-03-28 United States   5–39   Canada Chula Vista, California [109/118/35]
[1192]
2017-04-01 United States   10–37   Canada Chula Vista, California [110/119/36]
[1207]
2017-08-09 (World Cup) United States   24–12   Italy UCD Bowl, Dublin [111/132/2]
[1213]
2017-08-13 (World Cup) United States   43–0   Spain UCD Bowl, Dublin [112/121/3]
[1218]
2017-08-17 (World Cup) England   47–26   United States Billings Park UCD, Dublin [250/113/16]
[1226]
2017-08-22 (World Cup) New Zealand   45–12   United States Ravenhill, Belfast [91/114/11]
[1233]
2017-08-26 (World Cup) France   31–23   United States Ravenhill, Belfast [218/115/12]
[1270]
2018-11-03 United States   6-67   New Zealand Chicago [116/95/12]
[1272]
2018-11-09 England   57-5   United States London [261/117/17]
[1283]
2018-11-18 Ireland   10-19   United States Dublin [161/118/7]
[1321]
2019-07-14 (Super Series) England   38–5   United States Chula Vista, San Diego [268/119/18]
[1324]
2019-07-14 (Super Series) New Zealand   33–0   United States Chula Vista, San Diego [99/120/13]
[1328]
2019-07-10 (Super Series) Canada   18–20   United States Chula Vista, San Diego [136/121/37]
[1333]
2019-07-14 (Super Series) France   53-14   United States Chula Vista, San Diego [234/122/13]

Other matchesEdit

[-]
1997-08-04 Fiji   19-24   USA Selects Suva [-/-/-]
[-]
2005-01-29 England A   8-21   United States Imber Court [-/-/-]
[-]
2007-08-12 Nomads 24-0   United States Clifton [-/-/-]
[-]
2009-06-23 USA Selects   7-10   Canada A Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado [-/-/-]
[-]
2008-08-15 (NACRA) Cayman Islands   0-85   United States U20 Nassau, Bahamas [-/-/-]
[-]
2008-08-20 (NACRA) Canada U20   6-3   United States U20 Nassau, Bahamas [-/-/-]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "US Women Eagles Win the Inaugural Women's World Cup". www.womeneagles.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  2. ^ Wise, Chad (2017-01-19). "Throwback Thursday: Eagles land in Wales". USA Rugby. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  3. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference autogenerated1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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