United States women's national rugby union team

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United States
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Nickname(s)Eagles
UnionUSA Rugby
Head coach Rob Cain
CaptainKate Zackary
Most caps Jamie Burke (51)
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First colours
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World Rugby ranking
Current6 (as of 23 November 2020)
First international
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 22 – 3 Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
( Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 14 November 1987)
Biggest win
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 121 – 0 Japan  Flag of Japan.svg
( Melrose, Scotland 15 April 1994)
Biggest defeat
Flag of England.svg  England 89 – 0 United States  Flag of the United States.svg
( Worcester, England 21 November 2021)
World Cup
Appearances7 (First in 1991)
Best resultChampions 1991
Top 20 rankings as of 18 July 2022 [1]
RankChange*TeamPoints
1Steady2.svgFlag of England.svg  England 096.78
2Steady2.svgFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 089.57
3Steady2.svgFlag of France.svg  France 087.91
4Steady2.svgFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 087.17
5Steady2.svgFlag of the United States.svg  United States 077.64
6Steady2.svgFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 076.69
7Steady2.svgIRFU flag.svg  Ireland 076.33
8Steady2.svgFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 075.68
9Steady2.svgFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 072.53
10Steady2.svgFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 072.10
11Steady2.svgFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 071.93
12Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 067.49
13Steady2.svgFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 063.39
14Steady2.svgFlag of Russia.svg  Russia 061.10
15Increase2.svg1Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 058.45
16Increase2.svg1Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 058.27
17Decrease2.svg2Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 058.01
18Steady2.svgFlag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 057.89
19Steady2.svgFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 057.73
20Steady2.svgFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 054.72
*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.

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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. [2]

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. [3]

History

(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 ]

1980s–1997

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.

Present

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. [4] Soon after in May, Rob Cain was appointed full-time Head Coach and has since helped lead the program in a new direction. [3]

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.

Record

Overall

See List of United States women's national rugby union team matches

Full internationals only

Correct as of 22 April 2022

OpponentFirst gamePlayedWonDrawnLostWin %
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 19975500100.00%
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1987411902146.3%
Flag of England.svg  England 19912010195%
Flag of France.svg  France 199613211015.4%
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 1994850362.5%
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 20121100100.00%
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 19941100100.00%
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 20101100100.00%
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 19903300100.00%
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 19901310127.7%
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 19981100100.00%
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1998540180%
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 2009540180%
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 19902200100.00%
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 19983300100.00%
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 19941100100.00%
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 19934400100.00%
Total19871275916746.4%

Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup
YearRoundPldWDLPFPASquad
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1991 Champions 4400796 Squad
Flag of Scotland.svg 1994 Runners-up 540138753 Squad
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1998 Runners-up 540120076 Squad
Flag of Spain.svg 2002 7th place 420212443 Squad
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2006 5th place 54018747 Squad
Flag of England.svg 2010 5th place 530213682 Squad
Flag of France.svg 2014 6th place 520395139 Squad
Flag of Ireland.svg 2017 4th place 5203128135 Squad
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2021
TotalChampions38250131236581
 Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth placeHome venue

Players

Current squad

Squad for 2022 Pacific Four Series: [5] [6]

*All clubs listed below were current as of June 2022.

NamePositionClubCaps
Nick James Prop Sale Sharks 16
Catie Benson PropSale Sharks25
Maya Learned Prop Gloucester-Hartpury RFC 6
Charli Jacoby Prop Loughborough Lightning 9
Hope Rogers Prop / Hooker Exeter Chiefs 33
Joanna Kitlinski HookerSale Sharks15
Kathryn Treder HookerBeantown RFC3
Jenny Kronish Lock Harlequins 2
Kristine Sommer LockGloucester-Hartpury RFC17
Evelyn Ashenbrucker LockSan Diego Surfersuncapped
Hallie Taufo'ou Lock / BackrowLoughborough Lightning3
Jordan Matyas Lock / Backrow USA Rugby Sevens 18
Rachel Johnson FlankerExeter Chiefs10
Elizabeth Cairns FlankerLife West Gladiatrix15
Georgie Perris-Redding FlankerSale Sharksuncapped
Kathryn Johnson No. 8Twin Cities Amazons3
Kate Zackary No. 8Exeter Chiefs19
Carly Waters ScrumhalfSaracens8
Bridget Kahele ScrumhalfBeantown RFCuncapped
Shelby Lin ScrumhalfBerkeley All Bluesuncapped
Megan Foster FlyhalfExeter Chiefs8
Gabby Cantorna FlyhalfExeter Chiefs10
Katana Howard CenterSale Sharks7
Alev Kelter CenterSaracens15
McKenzie Hawkins Center Life West Gladiatrix 7
Amy Bonté CenterLife West Gladiatrix9
Emily Henrich Center / WingBeantown RFC / Dartmouth College8
Jennine Detiveaux WingExeter Chiefs8
Charlotte Clapp WingSaracensuncapped
Bulou Mataitoga FullbackLoughborough Lightning5
Tess Feury FullbackNYRC / Railway Union RFC8
Meya Bizer FullbackBeantown RFC18
Sam Sullivan Colorado Gray Wolvesuncapped

2022 Schedule & Results

DateOpponentResultLocation
June 5Canada36–5 (L) Tauranga Domain, Tauranga, New Zealand
June 11Australia16–14 (W) The Trusts Arena, Waitakere City, New Zealand
June 18New Zealand50–6 (L) Semenoff Stadium, Whangarei, New Zealand

For match reports, visit: Schedule & Results

Previous Squads

Notable players

Two former Eagles have been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame: Patty Jervey and Phaidra Knight.

Patty Jervey was inducted in 2014. She was the first player to play in five Women’s Rugby World Cups. She won the inaugural tournament in 1991 and appeared in the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 editions. She made her Eagles debut in 1989 and has won 40 caps, and scored 178 points. [7] [8]

Phaidra Knight was inducted in 2017. She has been capped 35 times for the Eagles and has appeared at three Women’s Rugby World Cups – 2002, 2006 and 2010. She was named USA Rugby Player of the Decade in 2010. Knight also represented the USA Women’s Sevens, from 2006 to 2009. [9] [10]

Coaches

NameYears
Kevin O'Brien 1991
Franck Boivert1994
Martin Gallagher2002
Kathy Flores 2002–2011
Peter Steinberg 2011–2017
Rob Cain2018–Present

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