USA Women’s Eagles vs Canada Preview

Kickoff in Chula Vista, CA Weds, July 10 at 5:15 PM PT on Florugby.com

After two matches and a third round bye week, the USA Women’s Eagles return for Round Four of Women’s Rugby Super Series on Weds, July 10 at 5:15 PM PT to face long-time rival-Canada. The match will take place at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center with a LIVE stream available at florugby.com. Tickets are on sale at usarugby.org/superseries2019

QUICK LINKS   

TICKETS | LIVE STREAM | ABOUT SUPER SERIES | HOW RUGBY WORKS | LIVE UPDATES


MATCH-DAY 23

Head Coach Rob Cain has made ten adjustments to the starting XV with several reserves from last week’s matchup with No. 1 New Zealand rotating in to starting positions. 

Among them are the duo of Catie Benson and Charli Jacoby in at prop, with Joanna Kitlinski in at hooker. Jacoby will start for the first time since coming off the bench to make her national team debut in the first round against No. 2 England. 

The second row will see lock Kristine Sommer switching with Stacey Bridges as a starter. Jennine Duncan will also jump in at wing with Bulou Mataitoga moving to the reserves. 

Injuries have also contributed to changes in the roster with flanker Rachel Johnson and flyhalf Gabby Cantorna both healthy after minor setbacks. And with her own minor injury this week, Bui Baravilala will remain out of Wednesday’s matchup with Alev Kelter slotting in at fullback. 

Asinate Serevi also rejoins the lineup as a reserve after last competing with the squad in the opening around against England. 

In total, the match-day roster owns 201 cumulative test caps. 

STARTERS

NAMEPOSITIONCLUBCAPS
1. Catie BensonPropLife West Gladiatrix19
2. Joanna KitlinskiHookerGlendale Merlins10
3. Charli JacobyPropChicago North Shore2
4. Kristine SommerLockHarlequins (ENG)
Seattle Saracens
9
5. Alycia WashingtonLockNew York Rugby19
6. Rachel JohnsonFlankerOregon Sports Union3
7. Elizabeth CairnsFlankerLife West Gladiatrix10
8. Kate ZackaryNo. 8San Diego Surfers11
9. Ashlee ByrgeScrumhalfUSA Sevens2
10. Gabriella CantornaFlyhalfGlendale Merlins4
11. Jennine DuncanWingSeattle Saracens2
12. Fane HaungatauCenterUSA Sevens2
13. Emily HenrichCenterDartmouth College4
14. Kris ThomasWingUSA Sevens9
15. Alev KelterFullbackUSA Sevens11

RESERVES

NAMEPOSITIONCLUBCAPS
16. Hope RogersReserveUSA Sevens27
17. Nick JamesReserveHouston Athletic8
18. Asinate SereviReserveScion Rugby 3
19. Stacey BridgesReserveBeantown Rugby38
20. Olivia OrtizReserveDavenport University2
21. Amy Talei BonteReserveLife West Gladiatrix 2
22. Katana HowardReserveTwin City Amazons2
23. Bulou MataitogaReserveBerkeley All Blues2

STAFF

General Manager | Emilie Bydwell
Head Coach | Rob Cain
Assistant Coach | Jamie Burke
Assistant Coach | Kate Daley
Assistant Coach Rich Ashfield
Coach/Team Manager | Jenny Lui
Head of Physical Performance | Ian Jones
Head Performance Analyst | Dave Gardner
Team Doctor | Terrence Cronin
Head Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry
Athletic Trainer | Danielle Allen


SUPER SERIES 2019 STANDINGS

TEAMPWDLPFPAPDTFTABPPTS
NEW ZEALAND3201844539105210
ENGLAND22005722359419
CANADA310273730101026
FRANCE21014452-86604
USA2002571-6611100

LAST TIME ON THE PITCH AGAINST NEW ZEALAND  

Before their third round bye week, the USA Women’s Eagles faced their toughest challenge yet with an 0-33 loss to reigning World Cup Champions and No. 1 New Zealand. 

While the group struggled to find the try zone through the game, improvements were clear from their previous meeting with the Black Ferns in November, where the United States fell to a harsh 6-67 result. Following eighty minutes of physical action, the Women’s Eagles improved that deficit by 28 points. 

The New Zealanders did well to capitalize on mistakes by the U.S. despite being clearly faced with newfound pressure and several threatening runs by Katana Howard and Bui Baravilala. And though the Eagles’ opposition managed to claim a comfortable victory, they were still held to less points than in their opening matchup with Canada and continued into round three with a troubling loss to France. 

New Zealand’s experienced squad featured 362 cumulative caps with the USA at 217. 

HIGHLIGHTS | FULL MATCH RECAP 


THE MATCHUP | UNITED STATES vs CANADA

Long-time rivals USA and Canada will meet for their first official test match since April of 2017 this Wednesday. The group recently shared a joint-training camp in Canada where exhibition games allowed the Eagles to rotate their full camp roster through each competitive matchup. 

Canada comes into the game with confidence after a strong opening performance against New Zealand, a victory over France and a nail-biter with England that saw the Canadians fall by the difference of a conversion in the final minutes. 

The United States and Canada women have met 37 times with the Canadians leading the overall record at 19-18. While Canada have won the previous six matchups, the USA enters the fourth round battle with confidence in their ability to challenge the Canadians. 

With only two games remaining in the Women’s Rugby Super Series and their two most difficult contests behind them, the USA Women’s Eagles are prepared to go full force against their northern rivals this week. 


THOUGHTS FROM CAPTAIN KATE ZACKARY 

“After two tough matches against England and New Zealand, the team is feeling recharged and ready for another fight. We have looked back at the film and identified a few key areas that we want to focus on going into our game on Wednesday against Canada. Our backline has a lot of talent and is filled with strong ball carries so they will be looking to exploit any edges or gaps in the defense.”

“As a team, we feel confident in our individual abilities and our opportunity for growth against some really challenging competition. I look forward to seeing our players showcase their strengths in front of another vocal home crowd.”


TOUGHEST CHALLENGE BEHIND THEM

The Women’s Eagles enter the fourth round of Super Series with their most difficult battles behind them, having already faced the highest two ranked teams in the tournament. Now with No. 3 Canada and No. 4 France up ahead, the group has an opportunity to build on what they’ve learned and add points to their position in the standings.

SUPER SERIES OUTLOOK

It’s tight at the top with both New Zealand and England at the top of the Super Series standings with ten and nine points, respectively. England will play France this week with New Zealand on a bye, after which both the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the world will face off in the final round at Torero Stadium on July 14. Canada sit in third place with six points and only one more chance to build on their placing with the matchup against USA on Wednesday. France sits in fourth with four points and the United States in fifth with two more opportunities each to build on their positions. The highest margin of points that can be earned in each round is five if a team wins a bonus with the lowest being 0 points for a heavy loss. 


WHAT IS THE WOMEN’S RUGBY SUPER SERIES?

The Women’s Rugby Super Series is an international competition which features the world’s top-ranked national rugby teams in the 15-a-side version of the sport. Held in a round-robin format, the tournament was first introduced in 2015 in Canada where New Zealand claimed the inaugural title and England came runners-up. For the first time since its inception, the Women’s Super Series will increase from four to five participating teams in 2019 with the last iteration held in 2016 in the USA. The competition aims to provide players with highly competitive test matches to boost playing time and increase exposure for women’s rugby in the world. Matches contested in the Women’s Rugby Super Series count towards world rankings.


TICKETS

Single day tickets start at only $19. To purchase and for a full schedule, visit usarugby.org/superseries2019

Follow @USARugby and use #SuperSeries2019 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


How Rugby Works | Support the Eagles | Follow us - Twitter Facebook Instagram