The Women’s National Team has named the side that will face Canada in their fifth place match against Canada.
GUILDFORD, UK – The stage has been set for a North American showdown in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. The USA and Canada will square off in their 5th place match tomorrow in Guildford, England. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. GMT at Surrey Sports Park.
The USA may have the psychological advantage over the Canadians as the Eagles are coming of a decisive 40-3 win over Ireland. Canada narrowly lost to France, ending their semi-final hopes with a score of 23-8 in pool play. The Canadians enjoyed better results against Scotland and Sweden earlier in pool play and even managed to put Scotland away by more than 30 points. Both teams look to this final match as an opportunity to make a strong statement concerning their position in the women’s International Rugby Board (IRB) rankings.
“We have the talent and commitment needed to compete on the World’s stage and have shown steady progress throughout the tournament,” said captain Ashley English, “We feel we are coming into our own, so there is no better time for us to face Canada than now.”
Head coach Kathy Flores looks to have named a side designed to strike a final blow to Canada in the World Cup, with veterans and tournament standouts aplenty.
Farrah Douglas and Jamie Burke will be the pillars of an imposing USA scrum as loose and tight head props. Lisa Butts will join them at hooker.
Driving force from the second row will once more be generated from the powerful duo of Blaire Groefsema and Sharon Blaney. The back row comprised of blindside flanker, Kristin Zdanczewicz, Beckett Royce at openside, and number eight Mel Denham, will also remain intact to impose the physicality needed to pressure the Canadian backs into errors.
Claudia Braymer will start at scrumhalf, looking to connect with flyhalf Christy Ringgenberg. Wings Nathalie Marchino and Vanesha McGee will look to put points on the board early and often, while Lynelle Kugler will strike from inside center. Amy Daniels takes the reigns at outside center, while Ashley English serves as full back.
The Eagles fifth place match against Canada will take place at 1:30 p.m. GMT on pitch one at Surrey Sports Park.
Match updates will be provided via Twitter (@USAEaglesRugby) and The Official USA Rugby Fan Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Official-USA-Rugby-Fan-Page/341122858139.
USA v CANADA
1 FARRAH DOUGLAS – AT LARGE
2 LISA BUTTS – BERKELEY ALL-BLUES
3 JAMIE BURKE – BEANTOWN
4 BLAIRE GROEFSEMA - BERKELEY ALL-BLUES
5 SHARON BLANEY - BEANTOWN
6 KRISTIN ZDANCZEWICZ – MINNESOTA VALKYRIES
7 BECKETT ROYCE - ORSU
8 MELANIE DENHAM - BEANTOWN
9 CLAUDIA BRAYMER - ALBANY
10 CHRISTY RINGGENBERG – MINNESOTA VALKYRIES
11 NATHALIE MARCHINO – BERKELEY ALL-BLUES
12 LYNELLE KUGLER – TWIN CITIES AMAZONS
13 AMY DANIELS - BEANTOWN
14 VANESHA MCGEE – NEW YORK
15 ASHLEY ENGLISH – BERKELEY ALL-BLUES
16 MAURIN WALLACE – BEANTOWN
17 LARA VIVOLO – NEW YORK
18 STACEY BRIDGES – AT LARGE
19 PHAIDRA KNIGHT – NEW YORK
20 KIM MAGRINI - KEYSTONE
21 MELISSA KANUK – MINNESOTA VALKYRIES
22 VICTORIA FOLAYAN – BERKELEY ALL-BLUES