U.S. Women’s National Team names full training squad for Barbarians match

51 athletes will assemble in Glendale in preparation for matchup with Barbarians

GLENDALE, CO. - The U.S. Women’s National Team 15s will bring a full training squad of 51 players to Glendale, CO in advance of its historic matchup with Barbarians F.C. on April 26 at Infinity Park. This will be the first time a Barbarians side has ever faced a USA Rugby National Team.

The group features a mix of capped and uncapped players chosen from performances in the Eagles’ new Regional Training Program which successfully kicked off this year. From the program, players and coaches have had more frequent interactions which has allowed for an open and consistent selection process.

“Everyone has been incredibly busy since the November Internationals. It’s been a lot of fun with a lot of hard work and effort from the players, staff and community,” said Head Coach Rob Cain. "The regional rugby training gave our players a continuous opportunity to show us what they can do, explore and interpret new ideas together. This inner competition has been great from everyone, not allowing anyone to be comfortable with their previous exploits and place a real focus on the here and now. All of this has culminated in their invites for this exciting week ahead.

“Seeing players express themselves while having the opportunity to develop and self discover new ideas in the Women's Eagles 15s environment, away from pressures of test match weeks, will continue to be hugely beneficial on our road into and beyond 2019. 2018 was a great opportunity to see where we were and 2019 will continue to show more signs of our intent as a team with our first opportunity against a very experienced and talented Barbarians squad.”


In total, 27 athletes come from the recently announced Women’s Eagles 2019 Performance Squad and 21 return from the November Internationals 2018 where the USA claimed wins over England Academy (contested as the Women’s Selects) and Ireland, after awarding 17 caps to a new generation of athletes.

Women’s Sevens players Ashlee Byrge, Neariah Persinger and 2016 Olympian Bui Baravilala are all named, along with a collection of 15s players who haven’t featured in some time. Among them are Tess Feury, Christiane Pheil and Hope Rogers -- to name a few.

The training squad also features six players who recently featured with USA Rugby’s age-grade or developmental programs including High School All-American Winter Camp attendee Destiny Arena and Collegiate All-American Summer Camp attendees Kayla Hunkin-Clark, Maya Learned, Jenni Kronish and Corinne Heavner. Falcons players Shamira Robles and Paige Stathopoulos are also included.

The Women’s Eagles will assemble tomorrow for their first high performance camp of 2019. All players chosen will see competitive playing time with an intrasquad scrimmage taking place during camp and starters for the Barbarians game named thereafter.

Though test caps will not be awarded for the Barbarians game, athletes will play some of the top women’s rugby players from across the globe as part of the Baa-Baas all-star style team. The Barbarians will bring talent from multiple countries including two former Eagles players in 2016 Olympian Carmen Farmer and 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup player Hannah Stolba.

Kickoff between the Eagles and Barbarians is set for 5 PM local time with the Glendale Raptors and Rugby United New York of Major League Rugby kicking off after at 7:30 PM.

Tickets are available at glendaleraptors.com/tickets with the Eagles-Barbarians game broadcast LIVE on FloRugby.com.

U.S. Women's National Team Full Squad

Bailey AraujoSecond RowTwin City Amazons0
Destiny ArenaHookerLindenwood0
Katy AugustynHookerBerkeley All Blues33
Bui BaravilalaCenterBerkeley All Blues6
Catie BensonPropLife West Gladiators17
Stacey BridgesSecond RowBeantown Rugby36
Kaitlyn BroughtonBack ThreeAtlanta Harlequins3
Ashlee ByrgeScrumhalfWomen's Sevens Residency Program0
Bitsy CairnsBack RowLife West Gladiators8
Gabby CantornaFlyhalfGlendale Merlins3
Chidinma ChukwuekeBack RowAtlanta Harlequins0
Jennine DuncanBack ThreeSeattle Saracens2
Rachel EhreckeBack RowGlendale Merlins0
Tess FeuryWingUnattached6
Megan FosterFullbackSan Diego Surfers5
Eti HaungatauCenterWomen's Sevens Residency Program0
Corinne HeavnerFlyhalf / Back ThreeAtlanta Harlequins0
Evan HoeseWingBerkeley All Blues1
Katana HowardFlyhalfTwin City Amazons0
Olivia Bernadel HueyFly HalfUnattached0
Kayla Hunkin-ClarkProp / HookerSeattle Saracens0
Charli JacobyPropNorth Shore0
Nick JamesPropHouston Athletic6
Rachel JohnsonBack RowOregon Sports Union3
Joanna KitlinskiHookerGlendale Merlins8
Jenny KronishSecond RowHarvard0
Cortney KuehlCenterAtlanta Harlequins0
Maya LearnedPropGlendale Merlins0
Shelby LinScrum HalfBerkeley All Blues0
Bulou MataitogaFullbackBerkeley All Blues0
Amy NaberCenterLifewest Gladiators1
Azniv NalbandianPropPenn State University3
Neariah PersingerCenterUnattached0
Christiane PheilBack RowAtlanta Harlequins8
Shamira RoblesBack ThreeNew York Rugby0
Hope RogersHooker/PropWomen's Sevens Residency Program 25
Megan RomPropLife University2
Kimber RozierCenterBeantown Rugby30
Nate SereviBack Row/ Second RowScion Rugby2
Paige StathopoulosCenterNortheast Academy0
Kelsi StockertBack ThreeUnattached8
Nicole StraskoSecond Row/ Back RowLife West Gladiators3
Christina SwiftBack ThreeAtlanta Harlequins0
Finau TamaivenaNo. 8Seattle Saracens1
Joyce TaufaHookerLindenwood University3
Juliann TordonatoCenterGlendale Merlins0
Elizabeth TrujilloScrum HalfSan Diego Surfers0
Alycia WashingtonSecond RowNew York Rugby17
Carly WatersHalfbackNew York Rugby2
Kate Zackary Back RowSan Diego Surfers9
Olivia OrtizScrumhalfDavenport0

Women’s National Team Staff

General Manager | Emilie Bydwell
Head Coach | Rob Cain
Assistant Coach | Jamie Burke
Assistant Coach | Kate Daley
Assistant Coach | Shawn Pittman
Coach/Team Manager | Jenny Lui
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach | Ian Jones
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach | Michaela Staniford
Head Performance Analyst | Dave Gardner
Team Doctor | Terence Cronin
Head Athletic Trainer | Bri Arsenault
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Amie Kern
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Jade Callan
Support Manager | Frank Palumbo


About the Full Squad

A full squad is a pool of athletes who will assemble with the team and be available for selection at some point within a competition window. Starting rosters for each game within the competition window can be selected from this pool of athletes with occasional replacements made to cover injuries and player availability.

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