USA Women’s Eagles prep for third assembly as traveling roster set for Wales test and WXV2

Mon, Sep 18, 2023, 9:56 PM
by USA Rugby
Neil Kennedy
Neil Kennedy

The USA Women’s Eagles gather this week for a third assembly in 2023, landing in Dublin where they will train and scrimmage with Ireland before heading to Wales for a warm up match ahead of WXV2 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Notable names return from injury as two players look for an opportunity for their USA National Team debut.  

Thirty  athletes have been named to the Wales and WXV player pool, with four changes between the Ireland, Wales, and WXV camps. The pool includes a consistency from the previous two assemblies for the Pacific Four Series, alongside some new names, continuing to  more athletes the chance to earn playing experience and put their hand up for future selection on the senior international stage. Paige Stathopolous and Yeja Dunn, two standouts from the Women’s Premier League over the last few years, join the team with an opportunity to earn their first USA Eagles cap. Hope Rogers will rejoin the team in South Africa for the first time since April, after recovering from an injury sustained during  the Premiership season, while impactful back Emily Henrich will also look for her first match appearance of 2023.

Four players, Sarah Levy, Jenny Kronish, and uncapped players Alivia Leatherman and Amanda Berta will exclusively train with the team in Ireland as training depth for upcoming test matches. Leatherman joins after a strong showing with the U23s this summer.

Interim Head Coach Rich Ashfield, who will remain with the team in Ireland before handing over the reins to Milton Haig for the remainder of camp, said, “I think we have an exciting group that can continue the positive work we did in Canada in July. This tour to Ireland and Wales gives us another opportunity to build experience and start to hone the skills required to win games at WXV. Handing off to someone of Milton's experience is exciting for the program and I am sure he will help drive the program forward into WXV.”

Newly appointed interim head coach Milton Haig added, “All Teams at the WXV Tournament will be wanting to make improvements on their previous performances and we will be no different. I'm excited about some of the talent I've seen in the team and am confident we can make incremental improvements as we move forward from our time in Europe to the competition in South Africa. Ultimately we want to win test matches and work our way up the world rankings. This is not only a realistic goal but an achievable one. It will take hard work, some resilience and confidence to execute what we train, but we are ready and willing for that.”

USA Women’s Eagles Traveling Roster | WXV2 and Wales
Name Club
Catie Benson Sale Sharks
Monalisa Tupou Life West/EPA Razorbacks
Kathryn Treder Loughborough Lightning
Paige Stathopoulos Beantown RFC
Keia Mae Sagapolu Leicester Tigers
Tiara A’au NYRC
Charli Jacoby Colorado Gray Wolves
Hallie Taufoou Beantown RFC
Erica Jarrell Beantown RFC
Rachel Ehrecke Colorado Gray Wolves
Freda Tafuna Lindenwood University
Georgie Perris-Redding Sale Sharks
Tahlia Brody Leicester Tigers
Rachel Johnson Exeter Chiefs
Yeja Dunn Beantown RFC
Carly Waters Colorado Gray Wolves
Taina Tukuafu Lindenwood University
Gabby Cantorna Exeter Chiefs
Meya Bizer Ealing Trailfinders
Autumn Czaplicki USA Sevens
Eti Haungatau Sale Sharks
Mata Hingano USA Sevens
Kate Zackary Ealing Trailfinders
Emily Henrich Beantown RFC
Tess Feury Leicester Tigers
Bulou Mataitoga Berkeley All Blues
Ireland Only
Sarah Levy USA Sevens
Alivia Leatherman Notre Dame College
Amanda Berta Experts PR7s
Jenny Kronish Beantown RFC
WXV Only
Hope Rogers Exeter Chiefs
Charlotte “Lotte” Clapp Saracens
Evi Ashenbrucker San Diego Surfers
Summer Harris-Jones USA Sevens
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

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