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

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

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

NameClub
Suiluana A'auGrant Generals
Tiana Au'uHawk Eye Training Program
Milla AndersonScion Sirens
Kathryn AugustynBerkeley All Blues
Cassidy BargellHawk Eye Training Program
Catherine BensonLife West Rugby 
Amelia BizerSan Diego Surfers
Stacey BridgesDartmouth College
Tahlia BrodyNew York Rugby
Kaitlyn BroughtonLife University
Julia BuescherKansas City Jazz
Sarah BuonopaneUSA Women's Sevens Player Pool 
Nicole BurrAugusta Furies
Ashley ByrgeUSA Women's Sevens Player Pool
Elizabeth CairnsLife West Rugby 
Gabriella CantornaPenn State University 
Gioanna CruzNew York Rugby
Lucy DawsonPhiladelphia Rugby
Jennine DuncanWashington Athletic
Rachel EhreckePenn State University 
Tess FeuryPenn State University 
Megan FosterSan Diego Surfers
Jazamine GraySanta Barbara Academy
Eti HaungatauHawk Eye Training Program
Mata HinganoHawk Eye Training Program
Mckenzie HawkinsLindenwood University
Emily HenrichHawk Eye Training Program
Kayla Hunkin-ClarkWashington Athletic
Leah IngoldCentral Washington University 
Nicole JamesHouston Athletic University 
Jennifer JohnsonCentral Washington University 
Rachel JohnsonOregon Sports Union
Lauren KenyonLife West Rugby 
Joanna KitlinskiGlendale Merlins
Haley LanganHarvard University 
Etta MailauUtah Vipers
Saskia MorganScion Sirens
Azniv NalbandianPenn State University 
Michel NavarroCentral Washington University 
Sara ParsonsSan Diego Boogie Boarders 
MJ PasiolesHawk Eye Training Program
Anna Karen PedrazaScion Sirens
Christiane PheilChicago North Shore
Katherine RamageDartmouth College
Jamila ReinhardtSan Diego Surfers
Hope RogersUSA Women's Sevens Player Pool
Megan RomLife University
Kimberly RozierHarlequins (ENG)
Francesca SandsDartmouth College
Alexandria "Spif" SedrickHawk Eye Training Program
Asinate (Nate) SereviScion Sirens
Hayden ShortU.S. Coast Guard Academy
Kristine SommerWashington Athletic
Nicole StraskoLife West Rugby 
Adi Finau TamaivenaSeattle Saracens
Joycelynn TaufaLindenwood University 
Solate TausingaHawk Eye Training Program
Lauren ThunenHawk Eye Training Program
Alycia WashingtonNew York Rugby 
Carly WatersPenn State University 
TBD - WPL AthleteN/A
TBD - WPL AthleteN/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