USA Eagles Embark on Pre WRWC November Tour

0ced140c-90ee-42bd-bbdc-e47e4154b39c.jpgThe Women’s Eagles have left for Montpellier today and have five days of camp before they face France, a formidable opponent. This will be a unique opportunity for the Eagles to test themselves against the current 2016 RBS Six Nations Championship and most recently, France beat World Cup Champion England, Nov. 9, in preparation for the Eagles’ visit.

“The pressure’s going to be on all of the coaches and all of the players to perform,” Peter Baggetta, interim head coach said. “The pressure to perform is going to be magnified by the fact we have to play fourth-ranked France in France. The expectation is we’re going over there to compete and to perform. If we don’t perform, we’ll have to look at what we have to do, what changes we need to make going forward into 2017.”

Six veterans of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 return to the squad while the team also boasts players from the first Women’s XVs Residency program.

“One of the lessons we learned from the previous cycle was chopping and changing players constantly – and that lack of stability – hurt us a bit,” Baggetta said. “We made a conscious decision to get our athletes playing as much together as much as possible. That doesn’t mean there won’t be players that force themselves onto the squad, but we’re going to be pretty consistent going forward.

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Women’s Eagles | November Tour

Katy Augustyn – Berkeley All Blues (WPL)
Catherine Benson – Life West
Sylvia Braaten – Twin Cities Amazons (WPL)
Elizabeth Cairns – Unattached
Sarah Chobot – Glendale Raptors (WPL)
Kate Daley – New York Rugby Club (WPL)
Tiffany Faaee – New York Rugby Club (WPL)
Joanne Fa’avesi* – Women’s Eagles Sevens
Tess Feury – Pennsylvania State University
Megan Foster – Life West
Jordan Gray – Residency / San Diego Surfers (WPL)
Abby Gustaitis* – Northern Virginia Women’s Rugby Club
Rebekah Hebdon* – Brigham Young University
Alev Kelter* – Women’s Eagles Sevens
Joanna Kitlinski – Glendale Raptors (WPL)
Jennifer Lui – Glendale Raptors (WPL)
Jane Paar – Women’s Eagles Sevens
Samantha Pankey – Residency / San Diego Surfers (WPL)
Christiane Pheil – Chicago North Shore
Hope Rogers – Residency / San Diego Surfers (WPL)
Kimber Rozier – Scion Sirens / Aylesford Ladies
Kelsi Stockert – Seattle Saracens
Naya Tapper – Women’s Eagles Sevens
Alycia Washington – New York Rugby Club (WPL)
Jessica Wooden – American Rugby Pro Training Center / Aylesford Ladies
Kate Zackary* – Women’s Eagles Sevens / San Diego Surfers (WPL)
*Indicates player uncapped at international test level

Women’s Eagles | Non-Traveling Reserves

Baylee Annis
Nicole Heavirland – Women’s Eagles Sevens
Saskia Morgan – Scion Sirens
Sara Parsons – Northern Virginia Women’s Rugby Club
Jamila Reinhardt – San Diego Surfers (WPL)
Lauren Rhode – Berkeley All Blues (WPL)
Jennifer Sever – Life West

Women’s Eagles | Coaching Staff

Peter Baggetta – Head Coach
Martha Daines – Assistant Coach
Richard Ashfield – Assistant Coach
Amy Valenta – Physiotherapist
Bri Arsenault – Physiotherapist
Katie Gloyer – Team Doctor
Roshna Wunderlich – Team Manager

Women’s Eagles | November Tour

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Home

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Visiting

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Location

11/22/16 2:00 PM France USA Stade de la Méditerranée
11/25/16 2:00 PM France USA Altrad Stadium


Quotes sourced from USA Rugby.

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