LONDON, England - USA Rugby Women’s Eagles Sevens Head Coach Ric Suggitt has named his traveling squad for London and Amsterdam, ahead of the final IRB Women’s Sevens World Series event.
The Eagles arrived in the United Kingdom May 8, in preparation for the London Invitational 7s this weekend, a tournament which is not part of this year’s World Series. This is a fantastic opportunity for Suggitt’s squad to gain valuable match practice ahead of the fourth leg of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, which takes place in the Netherlands from May 18-19.
“It is crucial that we play well and build towards Amsterdam and of course the Rugby World Cup in Moscow," said Suggitt.
The Eagles squad includes a blend of youth and experience, and together with consistency are integral to the modern day game of sevens. Suggitt has retained eight core members of the squad who have played in all three World Series events (Dubai - U.A.E; Guangzhou - China and Houston - Texas) leading up to this tour: Katie Dowty, Victoria Folayan, Kelly Griffin, Nathalie Marchino, Vanesha McGee, Deven Owsiany, Jillion Potter and Christy Ringgenberg. Sadie Anderson, Bui Baravilala and Kimber Rozier are among the youngest in the squad, and will add tremendous firepower over the weekend, while Emilie Bydwell is set to make her third Series appearance this season.
New Zealand currently lead the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series with 54 points, followed closely by England (46), Australia (38), USA (36) and Canada (34). The Eagles began their campaign by lifting the Bowl title in Dubai, defeating France 26-12. This was followed by an amazing display on home soil in Houston with victories against South Africa (22-19), Argentina (41-0), Russia (15-7) and a superb 17-5 win against reigning Rugby World Cup Sevens champion Australia. The Eagles eventually lost 29-12 against England in the Cup Final, but gained 18 valuable points in the Series standings. In China, the Eagles notched wins against Fiji (15-0) and China (21-12) during pool play, then won a thrilling 17-14 clash with Australia in the Cup Quarterfinals. New Zealand eventually knocked out the United States, and the Kiwis went on to record their second Cup title of the season with a 19-5 win against England.
Twickenham Stadium is expected to be packed this weekend, surpassing the 103,000-crowd attendance figures from last year, with the final leg of the Men’s HSBC Sevens World Series taking place from May 11-12. The Women’s Eagles will play their London Invitational 7s at the Cardinal Vaughan Stadium (just outside of Twickenham Stadium) alongside the Men’s event, but their Cup semifinals and finals will be played inside the famous Twickenham Stadium on Sunday. The Women’s Eagles are in Pool B with North American rivals Canada, Russia and Ireland on Saturday. The other four teams that make up Pool A are England, Australia, France and Spain.
"As usual we are excited to play three tough, physical teams on day one,” Suggit said. “It will be a real challenge and we look forward to stepping up and demonstrating all the hard work we have put in since the China Sevens.”
The matches will be streamed live on www.rfu.com/womens7slive. Follow live updates on Twitter from the official USA Rugby account (@USARugby) and read game recaps on www.usarugby.org. The official Twitter handle: #London7s.
Women’s Eagles Sevens | London & Amsterdam Sevens
Jillion Potter (*3)
Kelly Griffin (*3)
Vanesha McGee (*3)
Deven Owsiany (*3)
Sadie Anderson (*1)
Bui Baravilala (*1)
Victoria Folayan (*3)
Kimber Rozier (*1)
Emilie Bydwell (*2)
Katie Dowty (*3)
Christy Ringgenberg (*3)
Nathalie Marchino (*3)
*2012/2013 World Series Tournaments
Women’s Eagles Sevens | Staff
Ric Suggitt (Head Coach)
Jo Anne Kos (Assistant Coach)
Nicole Titmas (Physio)
Dr. Lisa Bartoli (Doctor)
Peter Haberl (Psychologist) *Only London Sevens
Women’s Eagles Sevens | London Schedule
vs. Russia – 6:12 A.M. ET Saturday, May 11
vs. Ireland – 9:14 A.M. ET Saturday, May 11
vs. Canada – 12:50 P.M. ET Saturday, May 11
Women’s Eagles Sevens | London Pools
Pool A: England, Australia, France, Spain
Pool B: USA, Canada, Russia, Ireland