Thursday, June 30, 2011

USA Squad for Women's U20 Nations Cup Announced

USA Women’s Under-20 (U20) National Team Coach, Bryn Chivers, has officially announced the squad for the 2011 U20 Nations Cup to be held in Santa Barbara, Calif. from July 14-23 at the University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB). The team will take on South Africa, Canada and England in that tournament.

The squad is comprised of 26 players from 26 different high school, college and club programs from all corners of the United States.

“This is a very different team for us,” said Chivers. “With only nine returning players from last year, this will be the least experienced squad we’ve had since the 2007 tour to England.”

While the squad may be a little green, they have already had success together. At the recent Collegiate National All-Star Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa., they beat the defending champions, the Northeast All-Stars, 24-5 in their opening game. The U20s staged a massive second half comeback in the final of that tournament, but narrowly lost to the Midwest with a final score 25-26.

“Holding the U20 Camp in conjunction with the gave us a great opportunity to work through combinations in practice and then challenge the players in high level competition,” said Chivers.

With so many new players, Chivers had some concerns about going into the All-Star event.

“We had some very good returning players like Katie Johnson (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee), Alycia Washington (University of Connecticut) and Akalaini Baravilala (At Large), but we were a little worried about having so many new players at camp.

It was clear after the first practice that the new players blended in seamlessly and the team chemistry improved with every practice.”

Chivers pointed out that some exciting new players factored into the team’s success like Jennifer Sandifer (Navy), Grace Hovde (University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh), and Meya Bizer (Woodlands H.S., Texas).

All of the U20s Nations Cup games will be webcast on USA Rugby’s UStream Channel, To follow the USA Women’s U20s, check out their blog:

The U20 Nations Cup mirrors the Women’s Nations Cup which will be held from August 2 - 13 in Oakville, Ontario. The senior women’s national teams from England, Canada, South Africa and the United States will take part in that tournament.

USA Women’s U20 | 2011 Women’s U20s Nations Cup

Colleen Carey (University of Colorado), Chloe Harper (University of North Georgia), Grace Hovde (University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh), Katie Humphreys (Central Washington University), Monica Jackson (Cougar Women’s Rugby), Katie Johnson (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee), Kim La Mons (Fallbrook H.S., Calif.), Brittany Larson (Kent, Wash.), Mackenzie Lewis (Mesa State College), Dorothy Mittow (Princeton), Kiana Saluni (Oregon State), Jennifer Sandifer (Navy), Amee Svatos (Rugby Oregon), Alycia Washington (University of Connecticut)

Haley Anderson (Summit County), Akalaini Baravilala (At Large), Amelia Bizer (Woodlands H.S., Texas), Xanni Brown (Radcliffe), Allyson Day (Portland H.S., Maine), Joanne Fa'avesi (Sacramento Amazons), Kyandrea McKnight (University of Central Florida), Amy Naber (University of Arizona), Ashley Okonta (Notre Dame), Kayla Vlachos (Jupiter Rugby), Jacie Vonada (South Dakota State), Miranda Wakimoto (Boston University)

Alternates in case of injury
Lauren Barber (Penn State), BrieAnna Barto (Penn State), Ann Marie Bowlus (University of California - Santa Cruz), Tara Burke (Fallbrook H.S., Calif.), Mariah Edmond (Arizona State), Laurel Oldershaw (Brown University), Jerilyn Peko (Kent, Wash.), Hannah Price (Summit County), Adrianne Rubiaco (Sacramento Amazons), Junelle Steward (University of Central Florida)

Considered but Unavailable Due to Injury
Holly Zoeller (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)

July 14: USA v. South Africa (Storke Field, UCSB)
July 17: USA v. England (Storke Field, UCSB)
July 20: USA v. Canada (Harder Stadium, UCSB)
July 23: U20 Women’s Nations Cup (Harder Stadium, UCSB)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

U20 WNT Open Camp Aug 4th –7th, 2011

Who: Female athletes age 13-19
What: The USA Rugby U20 WNT player development open camp.
Why: This is an open camp designed to give young players of all skill levels an opportunity to receive coaching from the USA Rugby U20 Women’s National Team Coaching Staff.

Campers will receive:
• Six field sessions and two classroom sessions
• Position specific coaching
• Individual player evaluation and feedback
• Opportunity to interact with USA National team players and coaches

When: Aug 4th –7th, 2011
(Athletes should arrive by 4 PM Aug 4th and may depart after 1 PM on the 7th.) Where: Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Camp Staff:
• U20 WNT Head Coach: Bryn Chivers
• U20 WNT Assistant Coaches: Danielle Miller, Austin Hall & Karl Barth
• Other Assistant Coaches TBA.
• U20 WNT Managers: Brittany Houston & Jeff Noe

Flight itineraries should be sent to Brittany Houston - and transportation will be coordinated to/from General Mitchell airport (MKE). All camp activities will occur within walking distance of the residence halls.

Meals: All meals will be provided and costs for each meal are included in the camp fee. Residence: Campers will be housed in residence halls at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. A 10:00 PM curfew will be enforced and residence halls will be monitored after hours.

What to Pack: Bed linens are provided, but campers should bring soap, towels, swimsuits, and other personal items. Coin laundry facilities are available. Medical Fees and Insurance: USA Rugby will not provide medical insurance. USA Rugby urges participants to seek personal medical insurance coverage.

Cancellation: USA Rugby may cancel or postpone any activity because of insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled, USA Rugby will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other related expenses.

Rates (includes camp-related fees, meals, instruction, and a t-shirt):
• $250 - Campers who will be staying at the dorms
• $170 - Campers who will be commuting to camp daily and will not need to be accommodated in the dorms
For questions regarding camp contact: Brittany Houston -

Complete the online registration form at:

Back Up and Running

We are back up and running, and just in time as the U20 Nations Cup is right around the corner.

Later today - Look for info on the upcoming U20 Flight Camp to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 4th-7th. This is an open camp for any player in the USA who was born on or after September 1st 1991.

Wednesday - We should be posting a recap of the first six months of the year with some pictures and video of the U20 Camps in March and June.

Thursday - We are announcing the 2011 U23 WNT Squad that will participate in the U20 Nations Cup to be held at UC - Santa Barbara, July 14th-23rd.