BOULDER, Colo. -- It has been just over four months since the Women’s Eagles Sevens finished in third at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow, Russia, which piggybacked a strong, fourth-place finish to the four-stop 2012-13 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.
Before the end of the month, the Eagles will be back at it on the circuit at the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens. Eagles Head Coach Ric Suggitt has welcomed a few new players to residency since the World Cup and some members of the team will be representing the Serevi Selects at the Coral Coast Sevens in Fiji Nov. 14-16.
Two of the players both new to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and set to travel to Fiji are Rebekah Seibach and Megan Bonny. Neither are strangers to the national team setup, with Seibach having toured with the Women’s Eagles Sevens in the past and Bonny having been with the Women’s Eagles at the 2013 IRB Women’s Nations Cup in Colo. this summer.
“Bex and Megan have progressed nicely,” Suggitt said. “They are both smart and very quick learners. They have already added a nice dynamic to the squad.”
Seibach and Bonny also attended the USA Rugby AIG Women’s Collegiate All-Americans Top 40 Camp, which produced a further two Serevi Selects in Erin Overcash and Dana Meschisi.
Overcash and other Serevi Selects Christy Ringgenberg and Meya Bizer were also with the Women’s Eagles at Nations Cup. Suggitt is using the Coral Coast Sevens to give some players more time on the field and to see what other players could bring to his team.
“As far as future residents we are always searching for an athlete who will add to the group,” he said. “Dana and Meya are excellent prospects and we will take a good look at them when contracts come up at the end of December.
“Going to the Coral Coast will be good for us. Some of our new players need more exposure to international rugby and this competition provides that. The players will be coached under the same umbrella that we use for the national team. Richie Walker will be taking the team along with our regular support staff.”
In Dubai, the Eagles are grouped with familiar foes in Fiji, Ireland and New Zealand. In the pool stage of the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the Eagles defeated Fiji 31-5 in the pool stage, Ireland 14-5 in the Quarterfinal, but lost to New Zealand 10-19 in the Semifinal. Since returning from Moscow, the Eagles have been preparing for each rematch.
“All three teams will be extremely tough,” Suggitt said. “We expect hard-fought games with all three teams in our pool play. This will be a good gauge to see if we have improved since the World Cup.”
The Eagles won the Bowl in Dubai in the opening round of the inaugural Women’s Sevens World Series last year against France. Though they have not had as much of an offseason due to the World Cup and other commitments, Suggitt’s players will be ready for the new season.
“The offseason has been good; lots of time to digest last season and prepare for this season,” Suggitt said. “We know all the teams will be tough and that there will be no easy games. Sevens has too many variables, so we cannot afford to lose focus at any time.”
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