Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 U20 Women's National Team Camp

The 2012 U20 Women's National Team Camp will be held on March 8th - 11th in Atlanta. GA. The U20 WNT coaching staff will use the event as the primary selection venue for the 2012 U20 WNT that will compete in a series of international matches this summer including a tour to Scotland and England. 

Coaches who would like to recommend a player for the camp can do so until Jan 23rd by contacting Bryn Chivers directly at or by using the online U20 WNT New Player Recommendation Form.

Bryn Chivers
Head Coach, USA U20 Women's National Team

Cell: 773 308 4540

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Midwest Win U19 iNASC

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Midwest U-19 team captured a 22-14 victory over the NortheastU19’s to win the Women’s U-19 Invitational National All-Star Championships. 

This was the sixth annual U-19 iNASC tournament, with the previous events being held in Nashville TN, Fort Lauderdale FL and Las Flores, CA. The 2011 competition featured teams representing five of the USA Rugby Territorial Unions, as well as a developmental squad comprised of a handful of players selected from the current U-20 Women’s National Team pool and younger players recommended by the TU-19, college and high school coaches. This was a slightly different format to previous years due to the Pacific and West territories being unable to field U-19 sides.

The six team tournament kicked off on Saturday, with very good matches in both pools. 

Saturday Results

Pool 1
MARFU def. South, 26-7
Northeast def South, 33-0
Northeast def MARFU, 12-0

Pool 2
U20 Dev def SoCal, 15-11
Midwest def SoCal, 54-0
Midwest def U20 Dev, 5-0

The outcome of day one set the stage for a set of Sunday match-ups with the winners of each pool facing each other for the Championship title. Sunday kicked off with a very well contested game between SoCal and the South. With both sides greatly improved from previous years the quality of play was high and the game was played end to end. SoCal won out 17-7.

The second game of the day saw a good MARFU side unfortunately depleted by injury, run into a U20 Developmental Side smarting from a first day loss. The U20‘s scored several early tries and continued to pull away to a 69-8 win. 

The final pitted a strong and disciplined Midwest U-19 team against a Northeast U19 squad who were growing in confidence with very game. 
The Midwest got on the board early with a couple of tries and looked to have the game in hand until a comeback by the Northeast made for a very exciting second half. The score at the final whistle was 22-14 in favor of the Midwest who took home their second U19 iNASC Title. 

Sunday Results
SoCal def South, 17-7
U20 Dev def MARFU, 69-8
Midwest def Northeast, 22-14

“The quality of play continues to improve, especially at the breakdown. SoCal completely out rucked the U20 Dev Side on Saturday and came so close to a memorable win.” USA Under-20 Women’s Head Coach Bryn Chivers said. 
“The Fort Lauderdale men and Fort Lauderdale/Miami women did an incredible job in hosting another great U19 iNASC, Holding the event in conjunction with the girls sevens tournament created a wonderful day of rugby.”

For more information on the Under-19 Invitational National All-Star Championship or to recommend prospective players for the Under-20 WNT, please contact U-20 Head Coach Bryn Chivers.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Northeast U19 Select Side Open Camps

Dartmouth College 
Sunday, September 18, 9am-3pm

Albany NY

Sunday September 25,  9am-3pm

The camps are open to all NRU (NERFU, NYSRC, METNY) female players born on or after September 1st 1991. The camps will lead to the selection of a U19 Select Side that will represent the Northeast at the U19 Invitational National All Star Championships to be held November 19/20 in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. 

Players must make at least one camp to be eligible for selection. 

The NRU U19 Program provides players with the opportunity to play representative level rugby in a national tournament format. Coaches from the USA  Rugby U20 Women's National Team will attend the NRU tryouts and the U19 iNASC tournament.

Registration: Please click the link below to register for one or both cams.

Level of Commitment: If selected for the NRU U19 team, players must  be available for at least 1 training session/matche before the tournament.

U19 iNASC: November 19th and 20th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Players must  arrive on Friday by 2pm

Additional Information:
At this time we are trying to secure funding and  sponsorship for players but players must be able to provide their own transportation to and from practices, games, camps and the tournament.

Questions: Contact Northeast U19 Head Coach Tiffany Renaud

Sunday, September 4, 2011

South U19 Camp Announced

2011 South U19 All-Star Tryout and Camp 

Who: Female rugby players born on after September 1, 1991. This includes members of high-school, college, and club teams that meet the age requirement. We HIGHLY encourage college and club teams to recommend this program to their high-performing players. All players must be CIPP and have health insurance to participate. 

What: Tryout and camp. Open to all high-performing athletes. In addition, we are interested in development of those athletes who are within a year of being your high-performing athletes. 

Where: Cedar Grove Elementary School, Atlanta GA When: October 8/9, 2011

How: Start communicating about this program with your parents, administrators, coaches, and players so they can begin making plans to attend. 

Cost $50. Pay ahead of time via PayPal and be on my 'good' list. Send to You can also bring the money to camp. Cash or check, but rubber checks not appreciated. Lunches, snacks, and beverages are provided. There may be a social event Saturday evening (dinner, movie, ?) so plan accordingly

You must be CIPP registered to participate. Renew your membership Click on Membership. 

Bring to camp: Liability Waiver: Player Profile Form: USARS 2011 Player Profile Form Dark jersey Light jersey Personal water bottle Running shoes Mouthguard, scrum cap, boots, and any other rugby specific gear Rugby shorts 

Do NOT forget to bring your paperwork. It must must must be signed by a parent/guardian if you are under 18!!! If you want to scan and send to ahead of time that is wonderful.

1. Liability Waiver:

2. Profile Form:

The USA South U19 Select Side will participate in the 2011 Women’s U19 Invitational National All-Star Championships to be held in Forth Lauderdale on November 19th/20th 2011

South U19 Program Staff 
Head Coach: Eric Keys 
Assistant Coaches: Kris Graziano and Jay Hawkins 
Team Manager: Nancy Campbell Team 
Trainer: Lisa O’Donnell

For more information contact Nancy Campbell

Saturday, August 13, 2011

U20 WNT Flight Camp

August 4th - 7th, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Nearly sixty players from fifteen states attended the U20 WNT Flight camp. This was an open camp for any players born on or after September 1st 1991 and for most of the players this was their first camp of this level. With six field sessions and two classroom sessions the players were immersed in rugby for three days and this resulted in a great improvement in individual and team skills over the course of the camp.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

U20 Nations Cup Round Up

Sorry it took three weeks to get this done. The U20 Nations Cup ended in a loss for the USA U20 WNT but they left with heads held high. Down 0-31 to England and with the loss of their Captain, Katie Johnson, the U20 rallied in the second half to score a try and two penalties to make the final 11-48. Still not pretty but the 11-17 second half was the best performance we've had against England. Small steps.

We took twenty Six players to Santa Barbara and amazingly we had all twenty six available for the final. This was the first tour that we had every player healthy at the end of the assembly and this was due to the incredible work of our team Physio, Carmela deLuna, She worked long hours keeping the players held together with anything at hand.

Food - Let's say that the cafeteria didn't serve up the food of champions. Every team had to subsidize their meals with trips to the grocery store.

Off Days - Watching sea lions in Santa Barbara, time with parents and friends, visiting the wheelchair rugby players, petting baby sharks, going to the Harry Potter movie and any meal that wasn't in the cafeteria.

Kit swap - It's a tradition that the players bring all their extra kit and after the last game the players swap kit with the other teams. This was one of the best. England had great rain gear and fleeces, the South Africans had backpacks that became the most sought after item. We had the least amount of kit as we didn't get much for the event but everyone was able to haggle and got some good stuff.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

U20 WNT Squad for U20 Nations Cup Final

The coaches made three changes to the starting team that beat Canada. Coco Carey and Alycia Washington come into the forwards and Kiki McKnight comes into the backs. Five players will start their fourth game of the tour, Jen Sandifer, Amee Svatos, Katie Johnson, Bui Baravilala and Meya Bizer.

USA U20 WNT v England U20’s.

1. Colleen Carey U of Colorado
2. Jennifer Sandifer Navy
3. Dorothy Mittow Princeton
4. Kathryn Humphreys Central Washington
5. Alycia Washington U of Connecticut
6. Mackenzie Lewis Mesa State College
7. Amee Svatos Canby, OR
8. Kathryn Johnson U of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
9. Haley Anderson Summit, CO
10. Allyson Day Portland, ME
11. Kyandrea Mcknight U of Central Florida
12. Akalaini Baravilala Aliamanu Blues
13. Amelia Bizer Woodlands, TX
14. Jacie Vonada South Dakota State
15. Alexandra Brown Radcliffe

16. Monica Jackson Cougar Women’s Rugby
17. Grace Hovde U of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
18. Kimberly La Mons Fallbrook, CA
19. Chloe Harper U of North Georgia
20. Joanne Fa'avesi Sacramento Amazons, CA
21. Amy Naber U of Arizona
22. Ashley Okonta Notre Dame