USA Rugby gathers Women’s U18s for another great year of regional camps and international tour

Thu, Jun 27, 2024, 6:02 PM
by Calder Cahill.
Photo: Pat Maroney
Photo: Pat Maroney

USA Rugby High Performance today confirmed two upcoming international tours for the Women’s U18s and U20s.

Both occurring in Wales as hosted by the Welsh Rugby Union, The Women’s U18s will gather for a pre-tour camp before departing for Cardiff, all in conjunction with the annual East Development Camp, graciously hosted by Mount Saint Mary’s University. The USA will join the U18 sides from Netherlands, Wales and Scotland on July 23 for a festival style competition with shortened matches through the day, culminating in a full USA vs Wales match on Saturday, July 27th. The final USA vs Wales fixture will be broadcast live on RugbyPass TV.

USA Women’s U18s Head Coach Susan Whitwell added on the first experience tour for these young prospects, “This opportunity provides a wealth of learning for the players. Representing your country in an international competition comes with pressure and learning to handle that pressure takes practice. The festival format allows us to experience a variety of game styles in a short period of time which helps develop game understanding and flexibility of thinking. This is a critical chance for our players to develop their ability to identify, adapt and respond quickly under pressure.”

As the programs rely heavily on the support of donors, USA Rugby certified National Development Program and supporter, Rhinos Rugby will excitingly Fuel the Future with a direct donation and match all public donations up to $15,000 through its global competition organization, Rugby Tens, , all in the lead up and through both U20 and U18 tours. The XV Foundation has again generously donated funds to bring both programs together for this elevated assembly across the USA Women’s High Performance Pathways. Live stream details are yet to be confirmed but will be shared on USA Rugby channels when known.

Attendees for the East Camp will be the Wales touring players with additional development camp attendees, spending six days under Camp Manager Stacy Mancuso in a full training environment before the traveling squad ships off for Wales on July 19. The U18s West Camp will take place July 2-7 on the campus of Western Oregon University, led by Camp Manager Heidi Whitman and inviting top prospects from the western regions of the country. These annual camps have been instrumental in cultivating the identified players and bringing new talent into the fold under USA Rugby coaching.

USA Women’s U18s Wales Festival and Tour Schedule
Matchup Date/Time Venue
Development Festival July 23 Cardiff, WAL
USA vs Wales July 27th | TIME TBD Cardiff Arms
USA Women’s U18s Wales Tour Squad
Natalie Allen Vienna High School Rugby
Rebecca Balladares West Carroll Marauders
Bailey Borum Gray Hough
Emerson Callegari TNT Rugby Club
Camryn Cook Chicago Lions
Layla Cox West Carroll Marauders
Drew Dauser Sparta Rock Rugby
Laella Delaney Raleigh Rugby FC-Cobras
Kiyanah Edwards Columbia Central High School
Nolah Flynn Doylestown
Aleksandria Gabbard Tucson Thunderbirds
Dana Greer Sacramento Harlequins
Cora Haughey The Duval Tides
Anneliese Henrich Orchard Park
Alyssa Hine Rocky Mountain Rugby
Marley Larkin Majestics Rugby Club
Amenekina Latu San Mateo Wolverines
Samantha Levine Try Time
Sana'a Lunon State College Area HS
Eseta Pale Sac Pal Amazons
Alyssa Post Sparta Rock
Vasiti Turagavou Provo/Wasatch
Salote Valikoula Kahuku Rugby Club
Annabella Vogel Knightmare Washington
Jennie Weiner Aspetuck Valley Rugby Club
Halateka Williams Pleasanton Lady Cavaliers

USA Women’s U18s Wales Tour Coaches and Staff

Head Coach | Sue Whitwell

Kelly Griffin | Assistant Coach

Orlando Pulou | Assistant Coach

Kiah Sundermeir | Physio

Women’s U18s East Camp Invites
Raquel Muniz Bermudez Warsaw High School
Arielle Noussa Fotso Carmel Rugby Club
Bridget McGonigle Doylestown Rugby Academy
Mackenzie Marks Morris HS Girls Rugby
Charlotte Davies Downingtown Rugby Club
Asha Davis Chicago Lions
Reese Smith Aspetuck
Annie Huettel North Bay Rugby
Cece Rose Green Bay Banshees
Kiernan Myles Knightmare
Cara Workman Columbia Central HS

Women’s U18s West Camp Invites
Genie Dickens Raleigh Redhawks Rugby
Ella Elordi Eagle Rugby
Olivia Frisby Meridian Rugby
Catherine Hart Bitterroot Warriors
Kiona Hill Liberty rugby club
Allison Honeycutt Belmont Shore , Long Beach
Liliani Harmoni Hopoate Majestics
Rebekah Jenks Meridian Rugby
Aroen Jennings-Faletoi Belmont Shore
Marley Lavea Maui HS
Florinalaulaau Liufau Belmont Shore
Nila Lolesio-Pua Belmont Shore
Fenunuivao Oaklynd Malufau Pasifika
Jainaya Masunu Liberty Patriots
Hazel McRobie Summit Rugby
Fiona Morgan Woodlands
Lindsey Mulligan Try Time Rugby
Myah Natorp Walnut Hills
Valu Paea At-Large
Khalea Pahulu Belmont Shore
Isabelle Patch Woodlands
Sydneyrae Lolesio- Pua Belmont Shore
Ulalei Pulu Maui HS
Seq’hiya Simmons Tacoma Tsunami
Fane Tausinga Majestics
Brooke Taylor Scottsdale Wolves
Loimataima'ataua Toia SacPal Amazons
Lilah Tuani Kent Crusaders
Alilia Tuitavake Oregon Selects
Ana Tuitavake Oregon Selects
Lola Unga Wolverines
Naomi Van Zandt Wolverines HS Girls
Trinity Wahl Kent Crusaders
Azariah Walker Rainier Highlanders
Liana Wayman Kent Crusaders

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