USA head coach Pete Steinberg has named a 55-strong player pool to contest spots for next summer’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris.
Steinberg is hoping that his USA side will get in eight test games before the World Cup though these have not yet been confirmed.
Neighbouring rivals Canada have lined up a strong test-schedule already starting with three games in Europe in November and tentative plans are there for tests against New Zealand and Australia next summer.
Steinberg has included a large number of players likely to be busy this season on the World Sevens circuit including Kimber Rozier, Christy Ringgenberg and Deven Owsiany.
The USA playing pool is open to additions though with Steinberg planning another training camp trial in December.
“We’ve established these players in prior camps and games over the past few years as potentially being contributors for us in the World Cup,” Steinberg said. “These are athletes who we believe have the ability to be World Cup-ready in 300 days.”
“Despite us naming this core group, we still want to give a chance to those ‘on-the-cusp’ players, to show us how they have improved since the last round of ETC [camps],” noted Steinberg.
“We are also looking for the athletes that haven’t put their hands up yet,” commented Steinberg. “We will always look for players that can create competition within the program.”
The Eagles automatically qualified for the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup having finished within the top six at the 2010 tournament.
In 2014, New Zealand, England, Australia, France, Canada, Ireland, Wales, Spain, Samoa, South Africa, and Kazakhstan - alongside the Women’s Eagles - will contest the World Cup in Paris.
The Black Ferns will look to defend their crown for the fifth consecutive time.
Pools have yet to be drawn for the tournament.
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