USA head coach Pete Steinberg has named a 30 player-squad to take on France in a three test series.
A young looking side will look to avenge two loses suffered to France during the Women’s Eagles European Tour last year. France won both matches against the US in Orleans (13-0) and Paris (27-3), respectively.
While 19 players listed in the squad having prior experience against France from last November, head coach, Steinberg, believes the newer players will be the key to success this time around.
“We have seven test matches this summer and with a year before the World Cup we want to see what some of the younger players can do,” said Steinberg.
Three players selected left the Top 60 camp early in order to try out for the U20 team. Meya Bizer, Anne Peterson, and Hope Rogers all departed last weeks Top 60 camp in order to head to Chula Vista in an attempt to make the Junior All American squad.
“Anne Peterson stood out as a very exciting talent at the Top 60 camp and we are hoping that she can continue that form in Los Angeles,” said Steinberg.
Bizer however, brings much experience despite her age, having started both matches against France, last year.
Steinberg is also excited to have two Sevens team residents join the squad in Sadie Anderson and Ryan Carlyle.
“Sadie has been part of the 15s programme for two years and having her is a big boost for the series,” said Steinberg. “We are looking forward to seeing what Ryan can do and how she has developed down in Chula Vista.”
Anderson, much like Bizer, competed for the Women’s Eagles on its last European Tour. Anderson slotted in at flyhalf, while serving as a vice captain during matches.
Another player Steinberg is excited to have back on the roster, following a long hiatus, is Jocelyn Tseng. Last capped in 2007, the scrumhalf stepped back from rugby in order to pursue academic endeavors.
Steinberg mentioned that having her back in the mix means that “now scrumhalf is very competitive with three international scrumhalves on the squad.”
2010 World Cup All-Star Team Selection Jamie Burke, will look to add to her already impressive cap collection. Burke is hoping to establish herself as the most capped Women’s Eagle ever, following the games this summer.
Currently, Burke has 35 caps to her credit.
The Women’s Eagles will square off against France in a three match series. Games are scheduled for June 7, 11, and 14.
Kickoffs for each of the games are slated for 5 p.m. (PT).
The first two matches against the French will be held at Oxnard College (Calif.). The final contest, on June 14, will be held at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif.
The final match of the series will take place prior to the Eagles match against Tonga. Universal Sports will be televising the Women’s Eagles contest.
Nations Cup games will round out the summer events for the Women’s Eagles. Those contests will take place July 28 through August 11. Event details are to be finalised in the coming month.
All Nations Cup matches will be held in Greeley, Colo., at the University of Northern Colorado.
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