United States women's national rugby union team

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United States
UnionUSA Rugby
Nickname(s)Eagles
Coach(es)Rob Cain
Captain(s)Shaina Turley, Kate Daley
Most capsJamie Burke (51)
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 United States 22 - 3 Canada 
(Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 14 November 1987)
Largest win
 United States 121 - 0 Japan 
(Melrose, Scotland 15 April 1994)
Largest defeat
 New Zealand 88 - 8 United States 
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 11 September 1996)
World Cup
Appearances7 (First in 1991)
Best resultChampions 1991

The United States women's national rugby union team was officially formed in 1987. The women's national team (known as the Eagles) was an international powerhouse during the 1990s — winning the inaugural 1991 Women's Rugby World Cup, and finishing second in the two following World Cups in 1994 and 1998. The team finished sixth in the 2002 Women's Rugby World Cup. They appointed their first full-time Head Coach, Rob Cain, in May 2018. He moved from winning the inaugural Premier 15s title in England with Saracens Women.

History[edit]

(Source: US Women's Rugby Foundation)

The history of women’s rugby in the United States can be traced back to three teams that existed in 1972 – The Colorado State University Hookers at Fort Collins; the University of Colorado, at Boulder; and the University of Illinois, at Champaign. During the mid-1970s women's teams began to spring up on college campuses across the United States. As those players graduated they went on to set up teams near cities and urban centers. At that time there was only one division for all women’s rugby. In 1975 United States Rugby Football Union was formed and contained four territories. At this time the women had their own Board of Directors and followed in parallel USARFU with four territories (East, Midwest, West and Pacific). In 1978 the first Women’s National Championships was held. The Chicago Women’s Rugby Club in Chicago, Illinois hosted this event. The winner of that championship was Portland, Maine.

1980s–1991[edit]

In 1985 the first semblance of a national team was formed. An ‘invitation-only’ team was put together and made up of, arguably, the top women playing the game at the time. The team was named WIVERN and toured throughout England and France. The team finished the tour undefeated. Many of these players went on to be selected to the 1991 World Cup Team.

In 1987 the USA women's national team was officially born with their first match against the Canadian women's national team. Although the women were not permitted to wear the Eagle logo, this match was sanctioned by Rugby Canada and USA Rugby. USA and Canada began holding an annual match, which became known as the CanAm series. For ten years the Women Eagles went undefeated in this test series.

In 1990 the women's national team, competing under the name ‘USA Presidents 15’, traveled to New Zealand to compete in the historic Women’s World Rugby Festival. The WNT posted a record of 3-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of New Zealand. In 1991 the first Women’s Rugby World Cup was held in Cardiff, Wales. Coached by Beantown’s Kevin O’Brien, a Welshman himself, and Minnesota’s Chris Leach, a South African the stage was set for the US women to bring home the Cup. Defeating New Zealand in semi-final play, the USA women advanced to the finals where they defeated England. Also in 1991 the first woman was elected to serve on the USARFU Board of Directors. Jamie Jordan was elected Treasurer for the Board.

1992–present[edit]

Today, women’s rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States,[citation needed] with teams competing in six divisions domestically. The U.S. women's national team program fields five representative teams: U19, U23, 7’s, USA ‘A’, and the Women Eagles.

Current squad[edit]

Players that were chosen for the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland.[1][2][3]

Name Team/Club
Kathryn Augustyn Berkeley All Blues
Catherine Benson Life West
Sylvia Braaten Twin Cities Amazons
Stacey Bridges Twin Cities Amazons
Kayla Canett Pennsylvania State University
Cheta Emba United States women's national rugby sevens team
Tiffany Fa’ae’e New York Rugby Club
Jordan Gray Life West
Abby Gustaitis Northern Virginia Rugby
Nicole Heavirland United States women's national rugby sevens team
Nicole James --
Jessica Javelet --
Alev Kelter --
Deven Owsiany --
Samantha Pankey --
Sara Parsons Northern Virginia Rugby
Tess Feury --
Christiane Pheil Chicago North Shore
Naima Reddick Seattle Saracens
Jamila Reinhardt San Diego Surfers
Hope Rogers Pennsylvania State University
Kimber Rozier Scion Rugby
Kristine Sommer Seattle Saracens
Naya Tapper United States women's national rugby sevens team
Kristen Thomas United States women's national rugby sevens team
Alycia Washington New York Rugby Club
Jess Wooden Aylesford Bulls Ladies
Kate Zackary San Diego Surfers

2014 World Cup squad[edit]

Squad for 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup.[citation needed]

Hookers

  • Kathryn Augustyn
  • Kittery Wagner

Props

  • Jamie Burke
  • Sarah Chobot
  • Naima Reddick
  • Hope Rogers
  • Sarah Wilson

Locks

 

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

  • Deven Owsiany
  • Jocelyn Tseng

Fly-halves

  • Sadie Anderson
  • Kimberly Rozier
 

Centres

  • Meya Bizer
  • Sylvia Braaten
  • Emilie Bydwell

Wings

Fullbacks

(c) denotes team captain

1991 World Cup squad[edit]

United States Women's team that won the inaugural 1991 Women's Rugby World Cup [4][5]

 

Coaches

Results summary[edit]

(Full internationals only. Last updated November 30, 2016)

Rugby: USA internationals 1987-
Opponent First game Played Won Drawn Lost Percentage
 Australia 1997 5 5 0 0 100.00%
 Canada 1987 34 18 0 16 53.13%
 England 1991 15 1 0 14 7.69%
 France 1996 11 3 1 8 27.27%
 Ireland 1994 6 4 0 2 66.66%
 Italy 2012 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 Japan 1994 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 Kazakhstan 2010 2 2 0 0 100.00%
 Netherlands 1990 3 3 0 0 100.00%
 New Zealand 1990 10 1 0 9 10.00%
 Russia 1998 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 Scotland 1998 5 4 0 1 80.00%
 South Africa 2009 5 4 0 1 80.00%
 Spain 1998 2 2 0 0 100.00%
 Sweden 1994 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 Soviet Union 1990 2 2 0 0 100.00%
 Wales 1994 4 4 0 0 100.00%
Summary 1987 108 58 1 50 53.70%

Other U.S. women's national rugby teams[edit]

(Source: US Women's Rugby Foundation)

In 1996 the first assembly of a National Women’s 7’s team was formed. Emil Signes held tryouts to pick a team to compete in the first Women’s International 7’s tournament to be held during the Hong Kong 7’s event. The team competed under the name ‘Atlantis’, the National 7’s program created by Emil, and finished their tour undefeated. Many of these players went on to compete for the USA Women’s 7’s Team in the Hong Kong 7’s Women’s Division.

In 1997 The U23 women's national team was formed. USA Women’s National Team Head Coach Franck Boivert appointed Penn State Coach Peter Steinberg to be Head Coach for the U23 Women’s National Team program. At an event in the CanAm Series the US Women’s National Team celebrated their 10-year anniversary by cheering on the Women’s U23 National Team in their first test against Canada.

2006 Women's World Cup[edit]

The Women's National Team finished in fifth place at the 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup in August/September 2006 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, winning four matches and losing one.

Pool Play:
8/31 - US vs England: loss, 0-18
9/4 - US vs Ireland: win, 24-11
9/8 - US vs. Australia: win, 10-6

Knockout match: 9/12 - US vs. Australia: win, 29-12
5th place match: 9/17 - US vs. Scotland: win, 24-0

Three players from the US squad were named to the tournament's All Star XV:[citation needed]
lock: Jen Crouse
flanker: Phaidra Knight
wing: Ellie Karvoski

Results[edit]

See Women's international rugby for information about the status of international games and match numbering

Full internationals[edit]

[17]
1987-11-14 Canada  3-22  United States Victoria, British Columbia [1/1/1]
[27]
1988-08-08 United States  26-10  Canada Saranac Lake [2/2/2]
[33]
1989-09-03 Canada  3-28  United States Edmonton [3/3/3]
[41]
1990-08-29 (RF) Netherlands  0–38  United States Christchurch [17/4/1]
[43]
1990-08-30 (RF) New Zealand  9–3  United States Christchurch [3/5/1]
[44]
1990-08-31 (RF) United States  32–0  Soviet Union Christchurch [6/3/1]
[49]
1991-04-06 (WC) Netherlands  0-7  United States Pontypool [18/7/2]
[57]
1991-04-10 (WC) United States  46-0  Soviet Union Glamorgan Wanderers [8/5/2]
[59]
1991-04-12 (WC) New Zealand  0-7  United States Cardiff Arms Park [7/9/2]
[61]
1991-04-14 (WC) England  6-19  United States Cardiff [10/10/1]
[65]
1992-09-13 United States  13-12  Canada Blaine, Minnesota [11/6/4]
[72]
1993-06-08 (CC) England  17-6  United States Fletcher's Fields, Toronto [14/12/2]
[74]
1993-06-10 (CC) United States  26-0  Wales Fletcher's Fields, Toronto [13/11/1]
[76]
1993-06-12 (CC) Canada  3-60  United States Markham, Ontario [9/14/5]
[83]
1994-04-11 (WC) Sweden  0-111  United States Melrose [10/15/1]
[89]
1994-04-15 (WC) Japan  0-121  United States Melrose [4/16/1]
[94]
1994-04-17 (WC) United States  76-0  Ireland Boroughmuir RFC [17/4/1]
[99]
1994-04-20 (WC) United States  56-15  Wales Gala RFC [18/19/2]
[108]
1994-04-24 (WC) England  38-23  United States Edinburgh Academicals RFC [23/19/3]
[142]
1996-09-08 (CC) France  16-39  United States Edmonton [36/20/1]
[143]
1996-09-11 (CC) New Zealand  88-8  United States Edmonton [12/20/3]
[146]
1996-09-14 (CC) Canada  14-22  United States Edmonton [17/22/6]
[168]
1997-07-06 Canada  12-21  United States Ajax, Ontario [18/23/7]
[169]
1997-08-02 Australia  24-28  United States Brisbane [4/24/1]
[193]
1998-05-02 (WC) Russia  0-84  United States Amsterdam [9/25/1]
[200]
1998-05-05 (WC) Spain  16-38  United States Amsterdam [16/26/1]
[207]
1998-05-09 (WC) Scotland  10-25  United States Amsterdam [31/27/1]
[215]
1998-05-12 (WC) Canada  6-46  United States Amsterdam [22/28/8]
[229]
1998-05-16 (WC) New Zealand  44-12  United States Amsterdam [20/29/4]
[256]
1999-08-08 United States  16-11  Canada Saranac Lake, New York [30/24/9]
[257]
1999-10-13 (T99) Canada  18-15  United States Palmerston North, New Zealand [25/31/10]
[259]
1999-10-19 (T99) New Zealand  65-5  United States Palmerston North, New Zealand [23/32/5]
[287]
2000-06-06 United States  10-17  Canada New York [33/27/11]
[290]
2000-09-23 (CC) England  31-7  United States Winnipeg [63/34/4]
[292]
2000-09-27 (CC) New Zealand  45-0  United States Winnipeg [25/35/6]
[295]
2000-09-30 (CC) Canada  9-15  United States Winnipeg [30/36/12]
[333]
2001-07-07 Canada  23-3  United States Twin Elm Park, Ottawa [31/37/13]
[334]
2001-08-05 United States  22-21  Canada Saranac Lake, New York [38/32/14]
[341]
2001-11-18 Wales  17-20  United States Ebbw Vale [58/39/3]
[342]
2001-11-24 Scotland  22-3  United States Inverleith [57/40/2]
[364]
2002-05-13 (WC) United States  87-0  Netherlands Barcelona [41/56/3]
[373]
2002-05-18 (WC) France  21-9  United States Barcelona [77/42/2]
[382]
2002-05-21 (WC) Australia  0-18  United States Barcelona [16/43/2]
[390]
2002-05-25 (WC) Spain  5-23  United States Barcelona [48/44/2]
[420]
2003-06-18 (CC) England  15-8  United States Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver [92/45/5]
[421]
2003-06-20 (CC) Canada  18-13  United States Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver [41/46/15]
[465]
2004-06-13 (CC) New Zealand  35-0  United States Calgary Rugby Park [36/47/7]
[467]
2004-06-19 (CC) Canada  10-29  United States Edmonton [45/48/16]
[474]
2004-11-27 Scotland  6-12  United States Murrayfield, Edinburgh [82/49/3]
[519]
2006-01-21 Scotland  6-13  United States Netherdale, Gala RFC [90/50/4]
[520]
2006-01-25 Ireland  5-23  United States ? [68/51/2]
[554]
2006-06-10 United States  25-10  Canada Boulder, Colorado [52/55/17]
[555]
2006-06-13 United States  18-20  Canada Boulder, Colorado [53/56/18]
[562]
2006-08-31 (WC) England  18-0  United States St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [120/54/6]
[570]
2006-09-04 (WC) Ireland  11-24  United States Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [76/55/3]
[575]
2006-09-08 (WC) Australia  6-10  United States Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [20/56/3]
[580]
2006-09-12 (WC) United States  29-12  Australia St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [21/57/4]
[586]
2006-09-17 (WC) Scotland  0-24  United States Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton [100/58/5]
[655]
2007-12-15 England  34-0  United States London Irish [134/61/7]
[712]
2008-08-19 England  50-3  United States Esher, England [143/62/8]
[713]
2008-08-22 (NC) England  17-14  United States Esher, England [144/63/9]
[715]
2008-07-26 (NC) Canada  15-0  United States Esher, England [67/64/21]
[758]
2009-06-27 United States  17-25  Canada Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado [65/69/22]
[762]
2009-08-10 (NC) England  36-7  United States Oakville, Ontario [152/66/10]
[763]
2009-08-16 (NC) South Africa  0-39  United States Oakville, Ontario [14/67/1]
[766]
2009-08-19 (NC) Canada  10-15  United States Oakville, Ontario [72/68/23]
[767]
2009-08-22 (NC) France  15-15  United States Fletchers Fields, Toronto [138/69/3]
[790]
2010-01-12 United States  8-18  Canada Lakeland, Florida [70/76/24]
[791]
2010-01-16 United States  11-10  Canada Lakeland, Florida [71/77/25]
[829]
2010-06-14 Canada  14-8  United States Shawnigan Lake School [81/72/26]
[830]
2010-06-18 Canada  34-22  United States Bear Mountain Stadium, Langford [82/73/27]
[836]
2010-08-20 (WC) Kazakhstan  0-51  United States Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [46/74/1]
[845]
2010-08-24 (WC) Ireland  22-12  United States Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [104/75/4]
[852]
2010-08-28 (WC) England  37 – 10  United States Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [166/76/11]
[856]
2010-09-01 (WC) Ireland  3 – 40  United States Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [106/77/5]
[862]
2010-09-05 (WC) Canada  20 – 23  United States Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [87/78/28]
[900]
2011-08-02 (NC) England  15-11  United States Oakville, Ontario [174/79/12]
[902]
2011-08-05 (NC) Canada  35-17  United States Chatham-Kent, Ontario [89/80/29]
[903]
2011-08-09 (NC) United States  23-26  South Africa Oakville, Ontario [81/27/2]
[905]
2011-08-13 (NC) United States  29-9  South Africa Oakville, Ontario [82/28/3]
[959]
2012-11-18 Italy  20-34  United States Centro Sportivo diRoma [101/83/1]
[960]
2012-11-21 France  13-0  United States Stade Marcel Garcin, Orléans [167/84/4]
[962]
2012-11-24 France  27-3  United States Stade de France, Paris [168/85/5]
[994]
2013-06-07 United States  13-10  France Oxnard College [86/174/6]
[995]
2013-06-11 United States  25-27  France Oxnard College [87/175/7]
[996]
2013-06-14 United States  12-18  France StubHub Center Campus, Carson, California [88/176/8]
[1004]
2013-07-30 (NC) United States  32-22  South Africa University of Northern Colorado [89/29/4]
[1006]
2013-08-04 (NC) United States  29-17  Canada University of Northern Colorado [90/93/30]
[1008]
2013-08-07 (NC) United States  21-36  England University of Northern Colorado [91/204/13]
[1009]
2013-08-10 (NC) United States  61-5  South Africa Infinity Park, Glendale [92/32/5]
[1038]
2014-04-15 Canada  51-7  United States Shawnigan Lake School, British Columbia [99/93/31]
[1039]
2014-04-19 Canada  14-10  United States WesthillsBC, British Columbia [100/94/32]
[1051]
2014-06-28 Wales  7-10  United States Wales [157/95/4]
[1060]
2014-08-01 (WC) United States  17-23  Ireland CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 2 [96/127/6]
[1063]
2014-08-05 (WC) United States  47–7  Kazakhstan CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 2 [97/60/2]
[1073]
2014-08-09 (WC) New Zealand  34–3  United States CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 1 [74/98/8]
[1079]
2014-08-13 (WC) Australia  20–23  United States CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 1 [38/99/5]
[1083]
2014-08-17 (WC) United States  5–55  New Zealand CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 1 [100/76/9]
[1113]
2015-06-27 (SS) United States  13–39  England Calgary, Alberta [101/223/14]
[1116]
2015-07-1 (SS) Canada  28 – 36  United States Red Deer, Alberta [110/102/33]
[1117]
2015-07-05 (SS) New Zealand  47–14  United States Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton, Alberta [79/103/10]
[1143]
2016-07-01 (SS) France  19 – 13  United States Salt Lake City, Utah [203/104/9]
[1145]
2016-07-05 (SS) Canada  33 – 5  United States Salt Lake City, Utah [113/105/34]
[1147]
2016-07-09 (SS) England  39 – 13  United States Salt Lake City, Utah [235/106/15]
[1167]
2016-11-22 France  36–10  United States Béziers [207/107/10]
[1169]
2016-11-25 France  31–6  United States Montpellier [208/108/11]
[1191]
2017-03-28 United States  5–39  Canada Chula Vista, California [109/118/35]
[1192]
2017-04-01 United States  10–37  Canada Chula Vista, California [110/119/36]
[1207]
2017-08-09 United States  24–12  Italy UCD Bowl, Dublin [111/132/2]
[1213]
2017-08-13 United States  43–0  Spain UCD Bowl, Dublin [112/121/3]
[1218]
2017-08-17 England  47–26  United States Billings Park UCD, Dublin [249/113/16]
[-]
2017-08-22 New Zealand  45–12  United States Ravenhill, Belfast [-/-/-]
[-]
2017-08-26 France  31–23  United States Ravenhill, Belfast [-/-/-]
[1268]
2018-11-03 United States  -  New Zealand Chicago [-/-/-]
[1271]
2018-11-09 England  -  United States London [-/-/-]
[1277]
2018-11-18 Ireland  -  United States Dublin [-/-/-]

Other matches[edit]

[-]
1997-08-04 Fiji  19-24  A USA XV Suva [-/-/-]
[-]
2005-01-29 England A  8-21  United States Imber Court [-/-/-]
[-]
2007-08-12 Nomads 24-0  United States Clifton [-/-/-]
[-]
2009-06-23 USA Development  7-10  Canada Development Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado [-/-/-]
[-]
2008-08-15 (NACRA) Cayman Islands  0-85  United States U20 Nassau, Bahamas [-/-/-]
[-]
2008-08-20 (NACRA) Canada U20  6-3  United States U20 Nassau, Bahamas [-/-/-]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wise, Chad (17 July 2017). "Eagles announced for Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland". USA Rugby. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  2. ^ "Women Eagles Name World Cup Squad". www.thisisamericanrugby.com. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  3. ^ "New caps in Women's Eagles World Cup squad". Americas Rugby News.com. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  4. ^ "US Women Eagles Win the Inaugural Women's World Cup". www.womeneagles.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  5. ^ Wise, Chad (2017-01-19). "Throwback Thursday: Eagles land in Wales". USA Rugby. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  6. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference autogenerated1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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