USA vs England
BOULDER, Colo. – The USA Women’s Head Coach, Kathy Flores, officially announced her lineup for the Eagles’ first match of the Nations Cup against England on Monday, August 10, at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario.
“The team is training well and anxious to meet England again. Despite only four training sessions, they feel prepared,” Flores said.
The U.S. Women’s Team hasn’t faced England since the last Nations Cup, played this time last year in England. That encounter saw the Eagles lose 17-14 in a very hotly contested match.
The Nations Cup is a critical tune-up event for the Eagles, who have qualified for the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup, and the annual event is a great opportunity to play four international matches and to take advantage of the extended assembly time.
The U.S. player pool for this tournament endured a late addition of Phaidra Knight after Kate Daley sustained an injury in the Saranac Lake Tournament last weekend. Luckily Knight was available and ready to come with the side to the Nations Cup.
“We are happy to have (Phaidra’s) experience and leadership with the team,” Flores added. “Along with a few changes to the Can-Am squad she will help mobilize our attack and improve our continuity which has been our weakness in the past.”
The Eagles play a challenging schedule at the Nations Cup and will make full use of the 30-player squad it has brought to Canada.
“We’ve got four matches so we will need to hit the ground running. Having played England many times in the last two years, we both know each other well, so the challenge will be to become less predictable,” Flores said.
Following the opener against England tomorrow, the U.S. will get almost a week break before playing three matches in six days. The U.S. will play South Africa on Sunday, August 16, Canada on Wednesday, August 19 and France on Saturday, August 22.
“The athletes are fired up to put it all together,” Women’s High Performance Manager Alex Williams said. “They are ready to stand up and show the world the results of the hard work they’ve been putting in for the last three years and to kick off the year-long road to the World Cup with some victories at the Nations Cup.”
Tickets for the Nations Cup event at Appleby College can be purchased at the gate for $5 per day – or a $25 pass for the week to watch unlimited rugby action at both Appleby College and the finals day at Fletchers Fields. Fans unable to make it to the Nations Cup can watch it live at http://budurl.com/e8j7.
Follow the U.S. Women’s National Team via twitter at http://twitter.com/USAWomenEagles, or facebook and of course the U.S. Women’s National Team tour journal page on www.usarugby.org/goto/women_eagles.
1. JAMIE BURKE
2. LISA BUTTS
3. STACY BAKER
4. STACEY BRIDGES
5. JILLION POTTER
6. BECKETT ROYCE
7. KRISTIN ZDANCZEWICZ
8. BLAIR GROEFSEMA
9. CLAUDIA BRAYMER
10. STEPHANIE BRUCE
11. NATHALIE MARCHINO
12. LYNELLE KUGLER
13. AMY DANIELS
14. VANESHA MCGEE
15. ASHLEY ENGLISH
16. FARRAH DOUGLAS
17. MARI WALLACE
18. SHARON BLANEY
19. PHAIDRA KNIGHT
20. KIM MAGRINI
21. HANNAH STOLBA
22. CHRISTY RINGGENBERG
For full rosters and schedule of Nations Cup 2009, go here.