BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby announced today the Women’s Eagles Sevens squad for the third round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Guangzhou, China. The Guangzhou Women’s Sevens will be held from March 30-31.
Emilie Bydwell, Ryan Carlyle and Kimber Rozier will not make the trip to China, with Sadie Anderson, Irene Gardner and Meya Bizer replacing them. Bui Baravilala is in the final stages of a complete recovery.
“This squad gives us a chance to look at a couple of other players and how they fare in international competition,” Women’s Eagles Sevens Head Coach Ric Suggitt said. “For the final selection for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, we need to have a good look at them in that environment.”
Anderson, Gardner and Bizer are all making their debut appearance on the Women’s Sevens World Series circuit. Gardner helped the Women’s Eagles Sevens during the 2011-12 tour and Bizer is a Women’s Eagles 15s pool player. Anderson is currently in the residency program at the Olympic Training Center.
“All three add something. Irene is diligent in her work away from us – she has a good attitude, good pass and can tackle. Meya’s another young player and captain of the under-20s. We’re glad to have her with us. Meya’s demonstrated before that she has some of those attributes that we’ve been looking for in our program.”
Suggitt’s Eagles will open play in Guangzhou Women’s Sevens Pool C against Fiji, who has not yet played in this year’s Series, before they take on host China in their second match. In a Houston Sevens Cup Final rematch, the Eagles will finish pool play against England.
“We’ve had some really good draws in this Series,” Suggitt said. “I’m happy to draw England. For me, they’re probably the number one team in the world right now. They have good speed, good size; the more games we can get against them the better off we are.
“I’m happy about the chance to play Fiji because we’ve never seen them. Plus, we’ll have them in the World Cup, so we’ll get a good gauge on their strengths. We’ve had pretty good success against China in the last eighteen months, so if we can keep pressure on them it will give us good momentum for London and Amsterdam.”
Currently in sixth place with 24 points – two less than fourth place Russia and South Africa – the Eagles boast four of the top-25 points scorers in Nathalie Marchino (40), Victoria Folayan (30), Christy Ringgenberg (26) and captain Vanesha McGee (25).
Eagles Schedule | Guangzhou Women’s Sevens
vs. Fiji – 10:22 P.M. ET Friday, March 29
vs. China – 12:44 A.M. ET Saturday, March 30
vs. England – 3:04 A.M. ET Saturday, March 30