This article needs additional citations for verification .(July 2014)
|Head coach||Rob Cain|
|Most caps||Jamie Burke (51)|
|World Rugby ranking|
|Current||6 (as of 23 November 2020)|
| United States 22 – 3 Canada |
( Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 14 November 1987)
| United States 121 – 0 Japan |
( Melrose, Scotland 15 April 1994)
| England 89 – 0 United States |
( Worcester, England 21 November 2021)
|Appearances||7 (First in 1991)|
|Best result||Champions 1991|
|Top 20 rankings as of 18 July 2022|
|*Change from the previous week|
The USA Women's National Team XVs is the senior national team for the United States in the 15-a-side version of rugby. The team was officially formed in 1987 and is nicknamed the Eagles.
An international powerhouse during the 1990s— the Eagles won the inaugural 1991 Women's World Cup and finished second in the two following World Cups in 1994 and 1998. The team finished fourth at the 2017 Rugby World Cup in Ireland.
In May 2018, Rob Cain was appointed full-time Head Coach. Cain joined the Eagles after winning the inaugural Tyrell Premier 15s title in England with Saracens Women.
(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.[ citation needed ]
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.[ citation needed ]
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.[ citation needed ]
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.
The USA Women's National Team XVs finished fourth at Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland which earned them automatic qualification to the next World Cup in New Zealand in 2021. In early 2018, the program hired former Women's National Team player Emilie Bydwell to serve as its General Manager of Women's High Performance.Soon after in May, Rob Cain was appointed full-time Head Coach and has since helped lead the program in a new direction.
The Women's National Team Program fields a number of age-grade and development programs including the High School All-Americans (U18), Under-20s, Collegiate All-Americans and USA Selects. All age-grade and development programs are umbrellaed under the national team program and serve as a feeder to the senior Women's Eagles.
See List of United States women's national rugby union team matches
Correct as of 22 April 2022
|Opponent||First game||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %|
|Rugby World Cup|
Squad for 2022 Pacific Four Series:
*All clubs listed below were current as of June 2022.
|Nick James||Prop||Sale Sharks||16|
|Catie Benson||Prop||Sale Sharks||25|
|Maya Learned||Prop||Gloucester-Hartpury RFC||6|
|Charli Jacoby||Prop||Loughborough Lightning||9|
|Hope Rogers||Prop / Hooker||Exeter Chiefs||33|
|Joanna Kitlinski||Hooker||Sale Sharks||15|
|Kathryn Treder||Hooker||Beantown RFC||3|
|Kristine Sommer||Lock||Gloucester-Hartpury RFC||17|
|Evelyn Ashenbrucker||Lock||San Diego Surfers||uncapped|
|Hallie Taufo'ou||Lock / Backrow||Loughborough Lightning||3|
|Jordan Matyas||Lock / Backrow||USA Rugby Sevens||18|
|Rachel Johnson||Flanker||Exeter Chiefs||10|
|Elizabeth Cairns||Flanker||Life West Gladiatrix||15|
|Georgie Perris-Redding||Flanker||Sale Sharks||uncapped|
|Kathryn Johnson||No. 8||Twin Cities Amazons||3|
|Kate Zackary||No. 8||Exeter Chiefs||19|
|Bridget Kahele||Scrumhalf||Beantown RFC||uncapped|
|Shelby Lin||Scrumhalf||Berkeley All Blues||uncapped|
|Megan Foster||Flyhalf||Exeter Chiefs||8|
|Gabby Cantorna||Flyhalf||Exeter Chiefs||10|
|Katana Howard||Center||Sale Sharks||7|
|McKenzie Hawkins||Center||Life West Gladiatrix||7|
|Amy Bonté||Center||Life West Gladiatrix||9|
|Emily Henrich||Center / Wing||Beantown RFC / Dartmouth College||8|
|Jennine Detiveaux||Wing||Exeter Chiefs||8|
|Bulou Mataitoga||Fullback||Loughborough Lightning||5|
|Tess Feury||Fullback||NYRC / Railway Union RFC||8|
|Meya Bizer||Fullback||Beantown RFC||18|
|Sam Sullivan||Colorado Gray Wolves||uncapped|
|June 5||Canada||36–5 (L)||Tauranga Domain, Tauranga, New Zealand|
|June 11||Australia||16–14 (W)||The Trusts Arena, Waitakere City, New Zealand|
|June 18||New Zealand||50–6 (L)||Semenoff Stadium, Whangarei, New Zealand|
For match reports, visit: Schedule & Results
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