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USA appoint Rob Cain as head coach

USA have appointed Rob Cain, who led Saracens to the English league title this year, as their new head coach, replacing Pete Steinberg who finished up after the World Cup. 

Cain joins after a highly successful period in England, and his new role will be based at the Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista.

He is the first coach to take the role on a fulltime basis. 

"I am both humbled and excited for such an incredible opportunity to join the USA Rugby family and become a full-time Women's National Team Head Coach," said Cain. "I want to thank both Saracens and USA Rugby for their patience throughout this extensive process, I am looking forward to our journey to the 2021 World Cup."

In four seasons with Saracens Cain led the squad to their first English Premiership and National Cup titles in more than seven years during his first season, made Premiership Playoff and National Cup Final appearances in 2017 and secured a 2016-17 Singha 7s Premiership Title.

Last month Saracens won the inaugural Tyrrell Premier 15s title. 

He has also worked as Head Coach for the London & South East U18s where he won the UK School Games Title. 

"It is imperative that we bring in a proven, world-class coach to advance the level of play for our Women's National Team, we have that in Rob," says Ross Young, USA Rugby's Interim CEO. "Rob has a track record of building programs through skills training and mentorship of both coaches and athletes. His selection builds succession into our long term strategy."

General Manager for Women's High Performance Emilie Bydwell added, "This process has been extensive, and we are incredibly grateful for the support and patience of the women's rugby community. Rob joins us with a shared vision of the critical importance of developing our homegrown coaches. As part of his duties with the Women's National Team, he will help us leverage senior support staff and age-grade positions to accelerate the development of American coaches."

With a search committee that included Bydwell, General Manager for National Teams & Performance Alex Magleby, Life University Women's Head Coach Rosalind Chou and former Women's Eagles' Captain Tiffany Faaee, Cain quickly rose to the top of the candidate pool.

"Rob's player centered approach is what stood out to me," said former Captain Faaee. "He brings fresh eyes, a fresh perspective and a level of professionalism and high standards we need to thrive as a program both on and off the pitch."

USA finished fourth at last year's World Cup and are planning a November Tour later this year.