BC U18 Women to host USA U18 National team at Brentwood

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Fresh off their victory at the Western Championship in Kelowna, the BC U18 Women’s are ready to take on the world, or at least some international competition.

The USA National U18 Women’s team will be coming to BC for a two game series which will take place at Brentwood College School on August 21 and 23.

“BC has such a tremendous reputation as a stronghold in the Rugby Canada landscape, particularly with its women’s programs,” said Tam Breckenridge, on behalf of the USA coaching staff. “We know coming in that the BC team will be well-coached and very rugby savvy. These games will provide a good opportunity to measure where we are in terms of program development. In addition, being able to travel to Vancouver Island for these two games will allow the players an opportunity to train alongside the U-20 team and attend its first match against Canada. Hopefully this will serve to inspire them both for the short term as they prepare for the games with BC as well as for the long-term, as they develop into our national team of the future.”

While BC were resilient in their come-from-behind series win over the Prairie Wolf Pack earlier this month, the matches against the USA are expected to be their toughest challenge yet.

“Our team framework is already in place,” said BC Coach Marius Felix, “and we will have the opportunity to train three times prior to our first game against the USA on Friday, August 21. I expect a highly athletic and motivated American squad, and see this as a massive challenge and opportunity for the BC players. This will not be an easy task, but one the players and coaching staff are really looking forward to. I anticipate there will be several players from both squads who may one day play for their respective national senior teams.”

These games will also provide Rugby Canada with the opportunity to see the BC players in action with an eye on Canada’s plans to name a U18 National team in the near future, as well as see what the future of USA rugby may look like.

This is the first tour for the USA National Women’s team at the U18 age-grade level. The USA roster will be drawn from across the country, including the rugby hotbeds of California, Washington, Utah and New York.

“There will be a mix of athleticism and physicality, some experience mixed in with a lot of youth and excitement,” said Breckenridge. “The players have demonstrated an ability to adapt to the patterns of play stressed by the coaching staff, which we hope will carry across in these first real competitive opportunities.”


Game One – Friday, August 21, 4:00pm
Game Two – Sunday, August 23, 9:00am
Location: Brentwood College School – 2735 Mount Baker Road, Cowichan Valley BC U18 Women’s Roster

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Adel Arndt- Lock/Prop- Vanier High School
Bailey Burke- Lock- Lord Tweedsmuir High School
Zoe DeFaveri- Prop- Windsor High School
Chloe Baird-Titcombe- Flanker- Vanier High School
Danika Elias- Flanker- Sardis High School
Emma Pfleiderer- Lake City High School
Hannah Morten- Hooker- Cowichan High School
Mackenzie Carson- #8, Fly Half, Center- Yale High School
Sofie Kennedy- Hooker/#8- Stelley’s High School
Taya Gagnon- Hooker- Vanier High School
Delaney Martin- Lock/Flanker- Brentwood College School
Violet Manuel- Lock/Flanker- South Kamloops Senior Secondary
Brooklyn Navarette- Prop/Flanker- Brentwood College School
Kadeja White- Prop- Robert Bateman High School
Lauren Sargent- Scrum Half- Vanier High School
Dawson German- Fly Half- Vanier High School
Avi Sharabi- Scrum Half- Brentwood College School
Carleigh Walters- Wing/Full Back- Lake City High School
Brooke Bazian- Wing/Center- South Kamloops Senior Secondary
McKenna Haz- Fly Half- Brentwood College School
Maddie Gold- Centre- Vanier High School
Laura Pfleiderer- Full Back/ Scrum Half/ Centre- Lake City High School
Denise Roy- Full Back/Wing- Brentwood College School
Ciel Arbour-Bohme- Centre- Brentwood College School
Olivia Kellinghusen- Wing/Full Back- Vanier High School
Mariah Fontana- Wing- Cowichan High School
Emily Lindsay- Wing- Cowichan High School
Head Coach- Marius Felix
Assistant Coaches- Steve Cowie, Jen Ross, Dave Grisdale
Athletic Therapist- Naomi Ogawa

Girls High School All Americans
Player  Position Home Club
Tiara A’au Prop Grant (Ore.)
Sui A’au Center Grant (Ore.)
Destiny Arena Hooker Fallbrook (Calif.)
Kayla Canett Flyhalf Fallbrook (Calif.)
Lilly Durbin Fullback Fallbrook (Calif.)
Bayleigh Gable Flyhalf Grandville (Mich.)
Hannah Garcia Lock Warsaw (Ind.)
Renee Gonzalez Flanker Armstrong (Minn.)
Natalie Gray Lock Summit (Colo.)
Emily Henrich Center Orchard Park (N.Y.)
Leah Ingold Center Kent (Wash.)
Mililani Leui No. 8 South Bay (Calif.)
Hannah Lewandowski Prop/Hooker Rainier Plateau (Wash.)
Lolohea Makaafi Center Kent (Wash.)
Taylor Makowski Lock Northside (Colo.)
Rian Moala Lock South Bay (Calif.)
Joanna Moreira Flanker Kent (Wash.)
Bianca Ortiz-Pallen Hooker/Flanker Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.)
MaryJane Pasioles Scrumhalf Sacramento Amazons (Calif.)
Ana Polaulu Prop Sacramento Amazons (Calif.)
Becca Jane Rosko Fullback/Wing Summit (Colo.)
Adi Finau Tamaivena Prop Kent (Wash.)
Nia Toliver Wing ICEF (Calif.)
Alaina Valenciano Scrumhalf Rainier Plateau (Wash.)
Caitlin Weigel Center Hudson (Ohio)
Daz Williams Wing West Shore United (Pa.)
Emma Workman Flanker Fallbrook (Calif.)

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