Women’s National Team to Assemble for High Performance Training Camp

Preparations for November test series begins under new Head Coach Rob Cain

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CHULA VISTA, CA. – The Women’s National Team (15s) will assemble this Monday, July 30 at the Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista, CA to begin preparations for their upcoming November test series. Led by new Head Coach Rob Cain, as his first official assignment with the Women’s Eagles, 62 athletes will spend five days training as the program builds a comprehensive depth chart for competition.

Ranked fifth in the world, the Women’s Eagles will make their official return on Nov. 3 for The Rugby Weekend to face the New Zealand Black Ferns in an exciting triple-header at Soldier Field. The event also features Ireland vs Italy and the Men’s Eagles vs the Maori All Blacks. Following the Black Ferns, the Eagles will travel to Europe for a test match with a nation to be named later, an “A” level game and a final contest with Ireland (Nov. 18) at Energia Park in Dublin. The Rugby Weekend will be streamed LIVE on FloRugby with broadcast info for other matches confirmed in due course.

“These really are exciting times ahead for our Women’s 15s program and I can’t wait to see the players show us what they can do over the duration of the camp,” says Head Coach Rob Cain. “I am excited to meet the players, work alongside them and help them be their best version of themselves. We are going to work hard and have a lot of fun doing it.”

Of the 62 players in this weekend’s camp, 12 were part of the Women’s Eagles fourth place finish at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland; bringing established experience to guide 9 of the athletes participating as apprentices through the Hawk Eye training program. Two athletes come from the USA Women’s Sevens player pool while two will be invited from this weekend’s Women’s Premier League (WPL) All Stars Game.

“We will get a much better picture of the type of players we have, as well as the areas we need to maximize and develop this week,” says Cain. “The players will have clarity on the direction we are all headed together over the coming weeks and months; but more importantly, how we will get there. Every journey starts with a few steps and this signifies our first steps together.”

The Women’s National Team’s high performance training camp will run from July 30 – August 3 at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Site in California. Tickets to see the Women’s Eagles in their official return at The Rugby Weekend are on sale now at therugbyweekend.com. A roster for the full November test series including the confirmation of another test match and “A” level game will be announced in due course. 

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER | JULY HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING CAMP

Name Club
Suiluana A’au Grant Generals
Tiana Au’u Hawk Eye Training Program
Milla Anderson Scion Sirens
Kathryn Augustyn Berkeley All Blues
Cassidy Bargell Hawk Eye Training Program
Catherine Benson Life West Rugby 
Amelia Bizer San Diego Surfers
Stacey Bridges Dartmouth College
Tahlia Brody New York Rugby
Kaitlyn Broughton Life University
Julia Buescher Kansas City Jazz
Sarah Buonopane USA Women’s Sevens Player Pool 
Nicole Burr Augusta Furies
Ashlee Byrge USA Women’s Sevens Player Pool
Elizabeth Cairns Life West Rugby 
Gabriella Cantorna Penn State University 
Gioanna Cruz New York Rugby
Lucy Dawson Philadelphia Rugby
Jennine Duncan Washington Athletic
Rachel Ehrecke Penn State University 
Tess Feury Penn State University 
Megan Foster San Diego Surfers
Jazamine Gray Santa Barbara Academy
Eti Haungatau Hawk Eye Training Program
Mata Hingano Hawk Eye Training Program
Mckenzie Hawkins Lindenwood University
Emily Henrich Hawk Eye Training Program
Kayla Hunkin-Clark Washington Athletic
Leah Ingold Central Washington University 
Nicole James Houston Athletic University 
Jennifer Johnson Central Washington University 
Rachel Johnson Oregon Sports Union
Lauren Kenyon Life West Rugby 
Joanna Kitlinski Glendale Merlins
Haley Langan Harvard University 
Etta Mailau Utah Vipers
Saskia Morgan Scion Sirens
Azniv Nalbandian Penn State University 
Michel Navarro Central Washington University 
Sara Parsons San Diego Boogie Boarders 
MJ Pasioles Hawk Eye Training Program
Anna Karen Pedraza Scion Sirens
Christiane Pheil Chicago North Shore
Katherine Ramage Dartmouth College
Jamila Reinhardt San Diego Surfers
Hope Rogers USA Women’s Sevens Player Pool
Megan Rom Life University
Kimberly Rozier Harlequins (ENG)
Francesca Sands Dartmouth College
Alexandria “Spif” Sedrick Hawk Eye Training Program
Asinate (Nate) Serevi Scion Sirens
Hayden Short U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Kristine Sommer Washington Athletic
Nicole Strasko Life West Rugby 
Adi Finau Tamaivena Seattle Saracens
Joycelynn Taufa Lindenwood University 
Solate Tausinga Hawk Eye Training Program
Lauren Thunen Hawk Eye Training Program
Alycia Washington New York Rugby 
Carly Waters Penn State University 
TBD – WPL Athlete N/A
TBD – WPL Athlete N/A

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF | JULY HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING CAMP

Head Coach | Rob Cain
Event Manager / Set Piece Apprentice | Tiff Faaee
Assistant Coach | Kate Daley
Assistant Coach | Wil Snape
Assistant Coach | Richard Ashfield
Assistant Coach | JD Stephenson
Guest Coach | Jack Barid
Head of Performance Analysis | Dave Gardner
Head of Physical Performance | Ian Jones
Sports Scientist | Bobby Lucas
Head Athletic Trainer | Bri Arsenault
Athletic Trainer | Brit Schenck

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE | NOVEMBER TEST SERIES

The Rugby Weekend
vs. New Zealand
Sat, Nov. 3 | 12 PM CT
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

Purchase Tickets | WATCH LIVE on Flo Rugby

TBA Test Match

TBA “A” Level Match
(Women’s Selects)

vs. Ireland
Sun, Nov. 18 | TBA
Energia Park, Dublin, IRE