USA RUGBY roster announcement: All-Americans vs BC Rugby

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BOULDER, Colo. – Twenty-seven young female athletes will make history next weekend as the first bre to compete in a 15s match as the Girls High School All-Americans powered by ATAVUS head north of the border for a two-match series against BC Rugby U18 Women’s.

Brentwood College School in British Columbia will host the Friday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Aug. 23, match days.

Head Coach Farrah Douglas, along with assistant coaches Emilie Bydwell and Anna Kunkel, selected the majority of the touring squad from the most recent Stars and Stripes Camp at University of Northern Colorado. Three players – Lilly Durbin, Becca Jane Rosko, and Nia Toliver – represented the GHSAAs in the Olympic format of Rugby Sevens at the Las Vegas Invitational tournament.

The 47-strong Camp in Greeley served a variety of purposes for both coaches and players. With Douglas overseeing the coach development side of things, as well as taking note of which players could make the international jump, Bydwell and Kunkel were able to focus on teaching the Women’s Eagles game plan.

“Out attack plan we started to institute at Stars and Stripes was similar to what the senior team did at the Women’s Rugby Super Series,” Douglas said. “That would’ve been hard for us to be able to try without having Anna and Emilie as part of the Camp coaching staff.

“That’s the new challenge for us: asking the high school players to play the game the way the senior team is going to be playing the game.”

The restructure of the Women’s Eagles Pathway earlier in the year ensured there would be more cooperation between the senior national team and the age-grade programs. With the support of ATAVUS, the formation of and subsequent competitive opportunities for the GHSAAs will give more and more young girls an entry point into the pathway.

“The game is growing at an exponential level at the age-grade level,” Douglas said. “If we think about what we hope to accomplish long-term, it’s to be able to consistently compete with the top-tier teams. For us to be able to compete, we have to start to develop that piece of our high performance program, and I think what ATAVUS has done is provided us with some resources to do that.

“We are now one of the first entry points into the pathway. It’s really about making sure the players understand how we want to play the game internationally, and what skills, positional and individual, they need to be successful at those levels of the game, and putting them in the environment to do that.”

Before the February tournament in Sin City, Durbin represented the U.S. as an AIG Women’s Junior All-American, while Leah Ingold attended the National All-Star Competition this summer as an under-20 candidate.

Toliver, who has spent time playing rugby abroad in New Zealand and comes from the highly-rated ICEF Rugby program in Los Angeles, recently competed at the 2015 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championships.

“I hope that, in addition to bringing leadership to the team, they more experienced players will be able to facilitate some of the understanding in terms of what we’re looking to accomplish on attack and defense, because they’ve had the time working with the WJAA coaching staff as well as the veteran players that are represented in that side,” Douglas said.

The GHSAAs are scheduled to train at Central Washington University alongside the WJAAs beginning Tuesday, Aug. 18, before leaving for BrentwoodThursday, Aug. 20. 

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.)
BC Rugby U18 Women’s roster:
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-Boehme  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

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