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The United States women's national rugby union team represents the United States in women's rugby union. Officially formed in 1987, the Women's National Team (known as the Eagles) has been an international powerhouse since its inception. The Eagles won the first official Women's Rugby World Cup in 1991, and finished second in the two following World Cups (1994, 1998). The team finished sixth in the 2002 Women's Rugby World Cup. The Eagles have set the standard for international competition, leading an ensuing wave of women's rugby growth and game development worldwide.

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History[edit]Edit

(Source: US Women's Rugby Foundation)

The History of women’s rugby in the United States can be traced back to three teams that existed in 1972 – The Colorado State University Hookers at Fort Collins; the University of Colorado, at Boulder; and the University of Illinois, at Champaign. During the mid-1970s women's teams began to spring up on college campuses across the United States. As those players graduated they went on to set up teams near cities and urban centers. At that time there was only one division for all women’s rugby. In 1975 United States Rugby Football Union was formed and contained four territories. At this time the women had their own Board of Directors and followed in parallel USARFU with four territories (East, Midwest, West and Pacific). In 1978 the first Women’s National Championships was held. The Chicago Women’s Rugby Club in Chicago, Illinois hosted this event. The winner of that championship was Portland, Maine.

In 1985 the first semblance of a national team was formed. An ‘invitation-only’ team was put together and made up of, arguably, the top women playing the game at the time. The team was named WIVERN and toured throughout England and France. The team finished the tour undefeated. Many of these players went on to be selected to the 1991 World Cup Team.

In 1987 the USA Women’s National Team was officially born with their first match against the Canadian Women’s National Team. Although the women were not permitted to wear the Eagle logo this match was sanctioned by Rugby Canada and USA Rugby. USA and Canada began holding an annual match, which became known as the CanAm series. For ten years the Women Eagles went undefeated in this test series.

In 1990 the Women’s National Team, competing under the name ‘USAPresidents 15’, traveled to New Zealand to compete in the historic Women’s World Rugby Festival. The WNT posted a record of 3-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of New Zealand. In 1991 the first Women’s Rugby World Cup was held at Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff, Wales. Coached by Beantown’s Kevin O’Brian, a Welshman himself, and Minnesota’s Chris Leach, a South African the stage was set for the US Woman to bring home the Cup. Defeating New Zealand in semi-final play the USA Women advanced to the finals where they defeated England. Also in 1991 the first woman was elected to serve on the USARFU Board of Directors. Jamie Jordan was elected Treasurer for the BOD.

In 1996 the first assembly of a National Women’s 7’s team was formed. Emil Signas held tryouts to pick a team to compete in the first Women’s International 7’s tournament to be held during the Hong Kong 7’s event. The team competed under the name ‘Atlantis’, the prestigious National 7’s program created by Emil, and finished their tour undefeated. Many of these players went on to compete for the USA Women’s 7’s Team in the Hong Kong 7’s Women’s Division.

In 1997 The U23 Women’s National Team was formed. USA Women’s National Team Head Coach Frank Bouvert appointed Penn State Coach Peter Steinburg to be Head Coach for the U23 Women’s National Team program. At a very emotional event in the CanAm Series the US Women’s National Team celebrated their 10-year anniversary by cheering on the Women’s U23 National Team in their first test against Canada.

Today Women’s Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in both the United States, with teams competing in six divisions domestically, and across the World, where the US Women’s National Team Program fields five representative teams; U19, U23, 7’s, USA ‘A’, and the Women Eagles. It is important that we remember and recognize the women and men that have paved the way for the growth of US Women’s Rugby.

Squad[edit]Edit

Squad for 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup.[1]

Forwards

  • Jamie Burke
  • Farrah Douglas
  • Rachel Reddick
  • Lara Vivol
  • Lisa Butts
  • Kitt Wagner
  • Maurin Wallace
  • Sharon Blaney
  • Stacey Bridges
  • Mel Denham
  • Phaidra Knight
  • Beckett Royce
  • Kristin Zdanczewicz
  • Blair Groefsema

Backs

  • Claudia Knudsen-Braymer
  • Kim Magrini
  • Hannah Stolba
  • Emilie Bydwell
  • Amy Daniels
  • Mel Kanuk
  • Lynelle Kugler
  • Victoria Folayan
  • Nathalie Marchino
  • Vanesha McGee
  • Ashley English
  • Ashley Kmiecik
  • Christy Ringgenberg

Results summary[edit]Edit

(Full internationals only. Last updated August 1, 2013.)

Rugby: USA internationals 1987-
Opponent First game Played Won Drawn Lost Percentage
Australia 1997 4 4 0 0 100.00%
Canada 1987 30 17 0 13 56.67%
England 1991 13 1 0 12 7.69%
France 1996 8 3 1 5 43.75%
Ireland 1994 5 4 0 1 80.00%
Italy 2012 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Japan 1994 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Kazakhstan 2010 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Netherlands 1990 3 3 0 0 100.00%
New Zealand 1990 7 1 0 6 14.29%
Russia 1998 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Scotland 1998 5 4 0 1 80.00%
South Africa 2009 5 4 0 1 80.00%
Spain 1998 2 2 0 0 100.00%
Sweden 1994 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Soviet Union 1990 2 2 0 0 100.00%
Wales 1994 3 3 0 0 100.00%
Summary 1987 92 52 1 39 57.07%

Results[edit]Edit

See Women's international rugby for information about the status of international games and match numbering

Full internationals[edit]Edit

[17]
1987-11-14 Canada  3-22  United States Victoria, British Columbia [1/1/1]
[27]
1988-08-08 United States  26-10  Canada Saranac Lake [2/2/2]
[33]
1989-09-03 Canada  3-28  United States Edmonton [3/3/3]
[41]
1990-08-29 (RF) Netherlands  0–38  United States Christchurch [17/4/1]
[43]
1990-08-30 (RF) New Zealand  9–3  United States Christchurch [3/5/1]
[44]
1990-08-31 (RF) United States  32–0  Soviet Union Christchurch [6/3/1]
[49]
1991-04-06 (WC) Netherlands  0-7  United States Pontypool [18/7/2]
[57]
1991-04-10 (WC) United States  46-0  Soviet Union Glamorgan Wanderers [8/5/2]
[59]
1991-04-12 (WC) New Zealand  0-7  United States Cardiff Arms Park [7/9/2]
[61]
1991-04-14 (WC) England  6-19  United States Cardiff [10/10/1]
[65]
1992-09-13 United States  13-12  Canada Blaine, Minnesota [11/6/4]
[72]
1993-06-08 (CC) England  17-6  United States Fletcher's Fields, Toronto [14/12/2]
[74]
1993-06-10 (CC) United States  26-0  Wales Fletcher's Fields, Toronto [13/11/1]
[76]
1993-06-12 (CC) Canada  3-60  United States Markham, Ontario [9/14/5]
[83]
1994-04-11 (WC) Sweden  0-111  United States Melrose [10/15/1]
[89]
1994-04-15 (WC) Japan  0-121  United States Melrose [4/16/1]
[94]
1994-04-17 (WC) United States  76-0  Ireland Boroughmuir RFC [17/4/1]
[99]
1994-04-20 (WC) United States  56-15  Wales Gala RFC [18/19/2]
[108]
1994-04-24 (WC) England  38-23  United States Edinburgh Academicals RFC [23/19/3]
[142]
1996-09-08 (CC) France  16-39  United States Edmonton [36/20/1]
[143]
1996-09-11 (CC) New Zealand  88-8  United States Edmonton [12/20/3]
[146]
1996-09-14 (CC) Canada  14-22  United States Edmonton [17/22/6]
[168]
1997-07-06 Canada  12-21  United States Ajax, Ontario [18/23/7]
[169]
1997-08-02 Australia  24-28  United States Brisbane [4/24/1]
[193]
1998-05-02 (WC) Russia  0-84  United States Amsterdam [9/25/1]
[200]
1998-05-05 (WC) Spain  16-38  United States Amsterdam [16/26/1]
[207]
1998-05-09 (WC) Scotland  10-25  United States Amsterdam [31/27/1]
[215]
1998-05-12 (WC) Canada  6-46  United States Amsterdam [22/28/8]
[229]
1998-05-16 (WC) New Zealand  44-12  United States Amsterdam [20/29/4]
[256]
1999-08-08 United States  16-11  Canada Saranac Lake, New York [30/24/9]
[257]
1999-10-13 (T99) Canada  18-15  United States Palmerston North, New Zealand [25/31/10]
[259]
1999-10-19 (T99) New Zealand  65-5  United States Palmerston North, New Zealand [23/32/5]
[287]
2000-06-06 United States  10-17  Canada New York [33/27/11]
[290]
2000-09-23 (CC) England  31-7  United States Winnipeg [63/34/4]
[292]
2000-09-27 (CC) New Zealand  45-0  United States Winnipeg [25/35/6]
[295]
2000-09-30 (CC) Canada  9-15  United States Winnipeg [30/36/12]
[333]
2001-07-07 Canada  23-3  United States Twin Elm ParkOttawa [31/37/13]
[334]
2001-08-05 United States  22-21  Canada Saranac LakeNew York [38/32/14]
[341]
2001-11-18 Wales  17-20  United States Ebbw Vale [58/39/3]
[342]
2001-11-24 Scotland  22-3  United States Inverleith [57/40/2]
[364]
2002-05-13 (WC) United States  87-0  Netherlands Barcelona [41/56/3]
[373]
2002-05-18 (WC) France  21-9  United States Barcelona [77/42/2]
[382]
2002-05-21 (WC) Australia  0-18  United States Barcelona [16/43/2]
[390]
2002-05-25 (WC) Spain  5-23  United States Barcelona [48/44/2]
[420]
2003-06-18 (CC) England  15-8  United States Thunderbird StadiumVancouver [92/45/5]
[421]
2003-06-20 (CC) Canada  18-13  United States Thunderbird StadiumVancouver [41/46/15]
[465]
2004-06-13 (CC) New Zealand  35-0  United States Calgary Rugby Park [36/47/7]
[467]
2004-06-19 (CC) Canada  10-29  United States Edmonton [45/48/16]
[474]
2004-11-27 Scotland  6-12  United States MurrayfieldEdinburgh [82/49/3]
[519]
2006-01-21 Scotland  6-13  United States NetherdaleGala RFC [90/50/4]
[520]
2006-01-25 Ireland  5-23  United States ? [68/51/2]
[554]
2006-06-10 United States  25-10  Canada Boulder, Colorado [52/55/17]
[555]
2006-06-13 United States  18-20  Canada Boulder, Colorado [53/56/18]
[562]
2006-08-31 (WC) England  18-0  United States St. Albert Rugby ParkSt. Albert [120/54/6]
[570]
2006-09-04 (WC) Ireland  11-24  United States Ellerslie Rugby ParkEdmonton [76/55/3]
[575]
2006-09-08 (WC) Australia  6-10  United States Ellerslie Rugby ParkEdmonton [20/56/3]
[580]
2006-09-12 (WC) United States  29-12  Australia St. Albert Rugby ParkSt. Albert [21/57/4]
[586]
2006-09-17 (WC) Scotland  0-24  United States Commonwealth StadiumEdmonton [100/58/5]
[655]
2007-12-15 England  34-0  United States London Irish [134/61/7]
[712]
2008-08-19 England  50-3  United States EsherEngland [143/62/8]
[713]
2008-08-22 (NC) England  17-14  United States EsherEngland [144/63/9]
[715]
2008-07-26 (NC) Canada  15-0  United States EsherEngland [67/64/21]
[758]
2009-06-27 United States  17-25  Canada Infinity ParkGlendaleColorado [65/69/22]
[762]
2009-08-10 (NC) England  36-7  United States OakvilleOntario [152/66/10]
[763]
2009-08-16 (NC) South Africa  0-39  United States OakvilleOntario [14/67/1]
[766]
2009-08-19 (NC) Canada  10-15  United States OakvilleOntario [72/68/23]
[767]
2009-08-22 (NC) France  15-15  United States Fletchers FieldsToronto [138/69/3]
[790]
2010-01-12 United States  8-18  Canada Lakeland, Florida [70/76/24]
[791]
2010-01-16 United States  11-10  Canada Lakeland, Florida [71/77/25]
[829]
2010-06-14 Canada  14-8  United States Shawnigan Lake School [81/72/26]
[830]
2010-06-18 Canada  34-22  United States Bear Mountain StadiumLangford [82/73/27]
[836]
2010-08-20 (WC) Kazakhstan  0-51  United States Surrey Sports ParkGuildford [46/74/1]
[845]
2010-08-24 (WC) Ireland  22-12  United States Surrey Sports ParkGuildford [104/75/4]
[852]
2010-08-28 (WC) England  37 – 10  United States Surrey Sports ParkGuildford [166/76/11]
[856]
2010-09-01 (WC) Ireland  3 – 40  United States Surrey Sports ParkGuildford [106/77/5]
[862]
2010-09-05 (WC) Canada  20 – 23  United States Surrey Sports ParkGuildford [87/78/28]
[900]
2011-08-02 (NC) England  15-11  United States OakvilleOntario [174/79/12]
[902]
2011-08-05 (NC) Canada  35-17  United States Chatham-KentOntario [89/80/29]
[903]
2011-08-09 (NC) United States  23-26  South Africa OakvilleOntario [81/27/2]
[905]
2011-08-13 (NC) United States  29-9  South Africa OakvilleOntario [82/28/3]
[959]
2012-11-18 Italy  20-34  United States Centro Sportivo di

Roma

[101/83/1]
[960]
2012-11-21 France  13-0  United States Stade Marcel GarcinOrléans [167/84/4]
[962]
2012-11-24 France  27-3  United States Stade de FranceParis [168/85/5]
[994]
2013-06-07 United States  13-10  France Oxnard College [86/174/6]
[995]
2013-06-11 United States  25-27  France Oxnard College [87/175/7]
[996]
2013-06-14 United States  12-18  France StubHub Center Campus, Carson, California [88/176/8]
[1004]
2013-07-30 (NC) United States  32-22  South Africa University of Northern Colorado [89/29/4]
[1006]
2013-08-04 (NC) United States  29-17  Canada University of Northern Colorado [90/93/30]
[1008]
2013-08-07 (NC) United States  21-36  England University of Northern Colorado [91/204/13]
[1009]
2013-08-10 (NC) United States  61-5  South Africa Infinity Park, Glendale [92/32/5]

Other matches[edit]Edit

[-]
1997-08-04 Fiji  19-24  A USA XV Suva [-/-/-]
[-]
2005-01-29 England A  8-21  United States Imber Court [-/-/-]
[-]
2007-08-12 Nomads 24-0  United States Clifton [-/-/-]
[-]
2009-06-23 USA Development  7-10  Canada Development Infinity ParkGlendaleColorado [-/-/-]
[-]
2008-08-15 (NACRA) Cayman Islands  0-85  United States U20 NassauBahamas [-/-/-]
[-]
2008-08-20 (NACRA) Canada U20  6-3  United States U20 NassauBahamas [-/-/-]

2006 Women's World Cup[edit]Edit

The Women's National Team finished in fifth place at the 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup in August/September 2006 in Edmonton, Canada, winning four matches and losing one.

Pool Play: 8/31 - US vs England: loss, 0-18 9/4 - US vs Ireland: win, 24-11 9/8 - US vs. Australia: win, 10-6 Knockout match: 9/12 - US vs. Australia: win, 29-12 5th place match: 9/17 - US vs. Scotland: win, 24-0 Three players from the US squad were named to the tournament's All Star XV: lock: Jen Crouse flanker: Phaidra Knight wing: Ellie Karvoski

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