USA Women’s Eagles back in action as roster confirmed against Wales

Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 12:57 AM
by Taylor Dean
Ian Muir
Ian Muir

Interim Head Coach Milton Haig announced today the 23 athletes set to play against Wales on Saturday, September 30. Kickoff is at 9:30 a.m. ET, live on Welsh Rugby Union’s YouTube page. 

Two players will have the opportunity to earn  their first Eagles cap, Atumata Hingano and Paige Stathopoulos. Hingano joins the 15s squad from USA Sevens residency, and Stathopoulos joins from Beantown RFC. An exciting moment for Stathopoulos who has been on the USA Eagles radar since first attending national team camp in 2019, while Hingano will look to translate her dynamic sevens play on the XVs stage. On the bench side, Meya Bizer, may earn her 30th cap this weekend, becoming the 13th USA Women’s Eagle to earn the achievement. 

With two weeks of training together, including a scrimmage with Ireland, the Wales match will help the team confirm their improvements and pinpoint work-ons and adjustments heading into WXV2 in Cape Town next month. 

Being his first time overseeing a USA test match, Interim Head Coach Milton Haig said, “This is an official test against Wales, who are ranked above us in the World rankings, and it’s an opportunity to implement everything we have been training in the last two weeks with physical intent and accuracy of skills. Wales are a very good side, and we know we will be put under pressure by them, but we’ve shown excellent improvement in all aspects of our game this training week. Our aim is to make a very good account of ourselves.” 

USA Women’s Eagles Roster | USA v Wales
Name Club Tournament Caps
1. Catie Benson Sale Sharks 36
2. Kathryn Treder Loughborough Lightning 12
3. Keia Mae Sagapolu Leicester Tigers 2
4. Hallie Taufoou Beantown RFC 10
5. Rachel Ehrecke Colorado Gray Wolves 6
6. Freda Tafuna Lindenwood University 2
7. Georgie Perris-Redding Sale Sharks 9
8. Rachel Johnson Exeter Chiefs 21
9. Carly Waters Colorado Gray Wolves 19
10. Gabby Cantorna Exeter Chiefs 20
11. Sarah Levy USA Sevens 5
12. Mata Hingano USA Sevens Debut
13. Kate Zackary (C) Ealing Trailfinders 31
14. Tess Feury Leicester Tigers 18
15. Bulou Mataitoga Berkeley All Blues 10
16. Paige Stathopoulos Beantown RFC Debut
17. Monalisa Tupou Life West/EPA Razorbacks 2
18. Charli Jacoby Colorado Gray Wolves 20
19. Erica Jarrell Beantown RFC 1
20. Tahlia Brody Leicester Tigers 3
21. Taina Tukuafu Lindenwood University 2
22. Meya Bizer Ealing Trailfinders 29
23. Eti Haungatau Sale Sharks 12
USA Women’s Eagles Traveling Staff

Head Coach (Ireland) | Rich Ashfield

Head Coach (Wales & WXV) | Milton Haig

Assistant Coach | John Haggart

Assistant Coach | Melodie Bosman

Strength & Conditioning | Sylvia Braaten

Lead Physiotherapist | Katherine Henry

Team Doctor | Rachel Sachs

Assistant Physiotherapist | Samantha Malette

Analyst | Caitlin Singletary

USA Women’s Eagles Fall Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 30

USA v. Wales | 9:30 a.m. ET


All matches live on RugbyPass

Saturday, Oct. 14

v. Samoa | 8 a.m. ET

Friday, Oct. 20

v. Scotland | 8 a.m. ET

Saturday, Oct. 28

v. Italy | 11 a.m. ET