United States women's national rugby sevens team

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United States
UnionUSA Rugby
Nickname(s)Eagles
Coach(es)Chris Brown
Captain(s)Nicole Heavirland &
Lauren Doyle
Top scorerAlev Kelter (624)
Most triesNaya Tapper (77)
Team kit
Change kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances3 (First in 2009)
Best result3rd place (2009, 2013)

The United States women's national rugby sevens team is one of the "core teams" that competes in all rounds of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series. The team has been a core member since the inaugural women's series in 2012–13.[1] The team finished second at the 2015 USA Women's Sevens, after defeating Russia in semifinals. In June 2019, the Eagles became just the fifth team to have won a World Series tournament, joining New Zealanad, Australia, Canada, and England. In that same season, the Americans finished second in the overall standings, securing both their highest finish to date and automatic qualification to the 2020 Olympic Games.

World Rugby Sevens Series[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Rank Points Events Cups Plates Bowls* Most tries Most points
2012–13 4th 48 4 0 1 1
2013–14 7th 38 5 0 2 1
2014–15 5th 76 6 0 1 0
2015–16 6th 46 5 0 1 0
2016–17 6th 62 6 0 0 0
2017–18 5th 56 5 0 0 1
2018–19 2nd 100 6 1 0 0 Naya Tapper (18) Alev Kelter (141)
Total 37 1 5 3 Naya Tapper (77) Alev Kelter (624)

* – At the start of the 2016-17 season, the plate was abandoned, with the bowl replaced by the Challenge Trophy.

Summer Olympics[edit]

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

Rugby World Cup Sevens[edit]

Main article: Rugby World Cup Sevens
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 3/3 11 8 3 0

2009[edit]

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

Cup[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
 France0
 
 
 
 United States19
 
 United States12
 
 
 
 New Zealand14
 
 New Zealand33
 
 
 
 Canada12
 
 New Zealand10
 
 
 
 Australia15
 
 Spain7
 
 
 
 South Africa15
 
 South Africa10
 
 
 
 Australia17
 
 England10
 
 
 Australia17
 

2013[edit]

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]

Team[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The table below shows the U.S. roster assembled for the most recent tournament (2019 France Sevens). The statistics listed for events and tries refer to statistics generated in World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments.

Current squad (2019 Paris Sevens)
No. Player Position Age Events Tries
1 Cheta Emba Prop/Wing 26 12 20
2 Ilona Maher Center/Prop 23 7 16
3 Abby Gustaitis Prop/Hooker 28 8 7
4 Nicole Heavirland (c) Hooker/Scrumhalf 24 19 16
5 Alev Kelter Center/prop 28 29 71
6 Lauren Doyel (c) Flyhalf/Wing 28 25 60
7 Naya Tapper Wing/Prop 25 17 77
8 Kasey McCravey Hooker/Flyhalf 25 2 0
9 Steph Rovetti Flyhalf/Wing 28 3 1
10 Kayla Canett Scrumhalf/Flyhalf 21 7 2
11 Kris Thomas Hooker/Center 26 22 66
12 Kristi Kirshe Center/Wing 24 4 13

Current Player Pool (2016)[edit]

PLAYER NAME POSITION HOMETOWN CLUB
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)

Honors[edit]

World Series
Finish 
Tourney
Gold Silver Bronze Plate (Fifth)
Dubai Sevens 2017 2015
USA Sevens 2013, 2015 & 2018 2014 & 2016
China Sevens 2013
Amsterdam Sevens 2013 & 2014
São Paulo Sevens
Australia Sevens 2017 2019
Japan Sevens 2019
Canada Sevens 2018 & 2019 2015
France Sevens 2019 2018
Other Top Three Finishes

See also[edit]

References[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.

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