BOULDER, Colo. – The USA Rugby AIG Women’s Collegiate All-Americans leave for France Friday, Nov. 22, to play two matches against Paris-Bobigny and Rennes – two of the top four women’s club teams in France – in Paris and Rennes, respectively.
WCAA Head Coach Martha Daines has narrowed her player pool throughout the course of the year with two regional camps at Cal-Maritime University and James Madison University in May and a Top 40 Camp at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in July.
The WCAAs also held a warm-up match against 2013 USA Rugby Women’s Premier League Champion Twin Cities Amazons in Minnesota in August. Though they lost 26-17, the WCAAs used the match to gel one last time before the Fall Tour to France.
Paris-Bobigny will host the WCAAs Thursday, Nov. 28, before the young women travel to Rennes for a match against Rennes Saturday, Nov. 30.
Daines’ squad will be missing a few players due to injury and selection for the Women’s Eagles Sevens’ opening IRB Women’s Sevens World Series stop in Dubai at the end of November.
Melissa Krug and Jacie Vonada were teammates at the WPL Championship in Cherry Hill, N.J., last weekend, where they won the title with Twin Cities. Krug and Vonada will be travelling to France with the WCAAs, as will Berkeley All Blues’ Jennifer Sever.
Megan Bonny, Dana Meschisi and Rebekah Siebach are in Fiji at the Coral Coast Sevens with other members of the Women’s Eagles Sevens team and are unavailable for the Fall Tour. Elena Cantorna, Lily White and Shannon Steele are unavailable for selection due to injury.
The WCAAs also plan to schedule a scrimmage match in France prior to their matches against Paris-Bobigny and Rennes.
USA Rugby AIG Women's Collegiate All-Americans | Fall Tour
|Aoibheann Cline||Humboldt State University|
|Stephanie Goetz||James Madison University|
|Jessica Gray||Lee University|
|Grace Hovde||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Aubrey Huey||University of California-Berkeley|
|Monica Jackson||Brigham Young University|
|Ariel Johnson||West Chester University|
|Bailey Johnson||St. Cloud State|
|Cheryl Johnson||West Chester University|
|Mel Krug||University of Minnesota, TC|
|Hannah Lockwood||Oregon State University|
|Leslie Ota||Fordham University|
|Erin Overcash||University of Colorado|
|Jennifer Sever||University of California-Berkeley|
|Debbie Stenoien||University of Minnesota|
|Kristen Thomas||University of Central Florida|
|Lyndsie White||Appalachian State|