Kristen Thomas to Miss Canada Sevens Due to Injury

Reserve Sarah Buonopane suits up in Thomas' stead

CHULA VISTA, CA. - Following the release of the Canada Sevens roster, Head Coach Richie Walker has announced that Kristen Thomas sustained an injury during training this morning and will no longer travel to Langford. The athlete made her season debut last month at Kitakyushu Sevens, scoring two tries and helping the Eagles win the Challenge Trophy.

Sarah Buonopane, listed as a non-traveling reserve on the original roster, will suit up in Thomas' stead for the competition set to begin this Sat, May 12. Buonopane has been a prominent member of the Women's Sevens' squad through the 2017-18 series, joining her teammates for all three stops this season. 

Updates regarding Thomas' injury and timeline for recovery will be released in due course.

The United States travels to Langford tomorrow (Thu, May 10) for Canada Sevens, with matches against Russia, France and Japan set for Day One. Canada Sevens will run from May 12-13 in Langford, B.C. with games broadcast LIVE on The Rugby Channel and updates available by following @USARugby on Twitter.

WOMEN'S SEVENS ROSTER | 2018 Canada Sevens roster 

1. Jordan Gray
2. Cheta Emba
3. Abby Gustaitis
4. Ryan Carlyle
5. Joanne Fa'avesi
6. Nicole Heavirland (C)
7. Kate Zackary
8. Kayla Canett
9. Lauren Doyle
10. Alev Kelter
11. Sarah Buonopane
12. Naya Tapper

Non-Traveling Reserves

Hope Rogers
Kasey McCravey

WOMEN'S SEVENS STAFF | 2018 HSBC Canada Sevens

Head Coach - Richie Walker
Athletic Trainer - Kevin Ng
Head of Physical Preparation - Jon Hood
Analyst - Dave Gardner
Team Manager - Liz Strohecker

WOMEN'S SEVENS SCHEDULE | 2018 HSBC Canada Sevens

vs. Russia | Sat, May 12 - 1:30 PM ET
vs. France | Sat, May 12 - 4:46 PM ET
vs. Japan | Sat, May 12 - 7:16 PM ET