United States women's national rugby sevens team

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United States
UnionUSA Rugby
Coach(es)Richie Walker
Captain(s)Kelly Griffin
Team kit
Change kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances2 (First in 2009)
Best result3rd place (2009, 2013)

The United States women's national rugby sevens team was announced by the International Rugby Board as one of the six "core teams" to compete in all four rounds of the inaugural IRB Women's Sevens World Series in 2012–13.[1]

The team resulted second at the 2015 USA Women's Sevens, after defeating Australia in quarter-finals and Russia in semifinals.

Tournament history[edit]

US vs France at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics[edit]

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Brazil 2016 Quarterfinals 5th 6 2 1 2
Total 0 Titles 1/1 6 3 2 1

Rugby World Cup Sevens[edit]

Rugby World Cup Sevens
Year Round Position Pld W L D
United Arab Emirates 2009 Semifinals 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 3 2 0
Russia 2013 Semifinals 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 5 1 0
United States 2018 Semifinals 4th 4 2 2 0
Total 0 Titles 2/2 11 8 3 0

Sevens Series[edit]


Round Position Venue Date
1 11th Dubai, United Arab Emirates December 4, 2015
2 4th São Paulo, Brazil February 21, 2016
3 TBD Atlanta, USA April 8–9
4 TBD Langford, Canada April 16–17
5 TBD Clermont-Ferrand, France May 28–29

Rugby World Cup Sevens[edit]

Main article: Rugby World Cup Sevens


Pool B[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA +/- Pts
 England 3 3 0 0 93 0 +93 9
 United States 3 2 0 1 50 17 +33 7
 Russia 3 1 0 2 31 51 −20 5
 Japan 3 0 0 3 10 116 −106 3


 United States19
 United States12
 New Zealand14
 New Zealand33
 New Zealand10
 South Africa15
 South Africa10


Under head coach Ric Suggit, the Eagles placed third at the 2013 Women's Sevens World Cup in Russia. The Eagles defeated Spain 10–5 in their final match, with tries coming from Emilie Bydwell and Vanesha McGee.[2]


Current Squad[edit]

The following is the United States roster in the women's rugby sevens tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[3]

Head coach: Richie Walker

Backs Forwards
4 Alev Kelter 1 Jillion Potter
5 Bui Baravilala 2 Kelly Griffin (c)
6 Lauren Doyle 3 Kathryn Johnson
7 Victoria Folayan 8 Carmen Farmer
10 Richelle Stephens 9 Joanne Fa'avesi
11 Ryan Carlyle
12 Jessica Javelet

Current Player Pool (2016)[edit]

Abby Gustaitis Prop White Hall, MD Northern Virgnia W.R.C.
Abby Vestal Prop Lawrence, KS American Rugby Pro Training Center
Akalaini (Bui) Baravilala Fly half Honolulu, HI Aliamanu All Blues (USA)
Alev Kelter Scrum half Eagle River, AK Women's Eagles Sevens
Amelia (Meya) Bizer Full-Back The Woodlands, TX Penn State W.R.F.C. (USA)
Amy Naber Center Tucson, AZ University of Arizona Women's Rugby (USA)
Ashley Perry Prop Nashville, TN American Rugby Pro Training Center
Bria Bohanon Scrum half Ponchatoula, LA American Rugby Pro Training Center
Carmen Farmer Prop Richmond, VA Severn River R.F.C. (USA)
Cheta Emba Prop / Hooker Glen Allen, VA Harvard Radcliffe Rugby Football Club
Christy Ringgenberg Full-Back Madison, WI Minnesota Valkyries R.C. (USA)
Dana Meschisi Scrum half Boynton Beach, FL Florida State Seminoles W.R.C. (USA)
Emily Azevedo Wing Chico, CA Berkeley All Blues
Hannah Lopez Flyhalf / Hooker Carlsbad, CA San Diego Surfers W.R.C. (USA)
Irene Gardner Half-Back San Francisco, CA Berkeley All Blues W.R.C. (USA)
Jane Paar Center Wauwatosa, WI Women's Eagles Sevens
Jessica Javelet Wing San Diego, CA Women's Eagles Sevens
Jillion Potter 7s: Prop // XV: No. 8 Austin, TX Glendale Raptors R.F.C. (USA)
Joanne Fa'avesi Prop Monterey, CA Sacramento Amazons
Kate Zackary Prop Salinas, KS
Kelly Griffin Prop Berkeley, CA Berkeley All Blues W.R.C. (USA)
Kristen Thomas Wing Philadelphia, PA Women's Eagles Sevens
Lauren Doyle Wing Boody, IL North Shore Chicago W.R.C. (USA)
Megan Bonny Prop Yakima, WA Washington State University W.R.C. (USA)
Naya Tapper Wing Beaufort, SC UNC-Chapel Hill Women's Rugby Club
Nia Williams Wing Naperville, IL Life West Chiropractic
Nicole Heavirland Whitefish, MT
Rachel Griendling Fly half Fairfax, VA American Rugby Pro Training Center (AR)
Richelle Stephens Fly half Fallbrook, CA
Tess Feury Full back Denville, NJ New Jersey Blaze
Victoria (Vix) Folayan Wing Boston, MA Berkeley All Blues W.R.C. (USA)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "IRB announces Women's Sevens World Series" (Press release). International Rugby Board. October 4, 2012. Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Eagles claim third place victory with thrilling sudden death try". USA Rugby. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  3. ^ "USA 7s – Olympic Games Women's Sevens". World Rugby. Retrieved 24 July 2016.

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