USA Women’s Eagles traveling roster confirmed for second leg of 2023 Pacific Four Series

Fri, Jun 16, 2023, 7:14 PM
by Taylor Dean

Interim Head Coach Rich Ashfield announced today the traveling roster for the USA Women’s Eagles who will head to Ottawa for the second leg of the 2023 Pacific Four Series.

With a few shifts from the March squad in Spain, the roster of 30 includes familiar names as well as a few athletes who will have an opportunity to earn their first Eagles cap. Captain Kate Zackary leads the team into their final two Pacific Four Series matches, with the chance to earn her 30th cap, a feat only 11 Eagles have achieved so far. Tickets to the series are available at with both matches live streamed on FloRugby.

Three athletes join the squad with the hope of earning their first cap. Erica Jarrell, who plays for current Women’s Premier League leaders Beantown RFC, joins the Eagles as the first half of the WPL season comes to a close at the end of the month. Freda Tafuna and Taina Tukuafu join the senior squad after a successful showing with the Women’s U23s program during the Americas Rugby Trophy in Brazil. 

The Eagles will get together in Ottawa at the beginning of July, along with 17 preparation camp invites. Four names from the U23s roster have also been included in the preparation invites. Focus will be on their two matches against Australia and New Zealand with the goal of earning a spot in WXV 1, where the top three of four teams will move to compete in New Zealand this fall. 

In partnership with Mastercard, The World Rugby Pacific Four Series 2023 schedule optimizes and complements the existing women’s domestic and international competition calendars for 2023. The cross-regional, international competition also acts as one of the principal annual qualification routes for the top two tiers of WXV with the top three placed teams qualifying for WXV 1 and the fourth-placed team securing a place in WXV 2.

Interim Head Coach Rich Ashfield on the team announcement and looking toward Ottawa:

“We are excited to build on the work we started in Spain this past March. We are doing things a little differently with a preparation camp for a week leading into the Pacific Four Series competition. We hope this will help us build some momentum for what will be sure to be tough games against Australia and New Zealand.  

We saw some great tenacity in the U23 tour to Brazil and we have five players from the U23s squad to bring some of that fight into the senior squad. Taina and Freda had great years at the collegiate level and stood out with the U23 in Brazil so we’re confident they can progress nicely onto the senior side. Erica Jarrell has been around the squad for a couple of years now and has really stood out this year with Beantown in the WPL so we’re looking forward to seeing how she can support the team. 

We’re also happy to add Hallie Taufoou, Jennine Detiveaux, and Joanne Fa’avesi back into the mix. Their experience and leadership will really help the squad both on and off the field with a busy year ahead."

Women’s Eagles Traveling Roster
Name Club
Catherine Benson Sale Sharks
Carly Waters Sale Sharks
Bulou Mataitoga Loughborough Lightning
Rachel Ehrecke DMP Sharks
Olivia Ortiz DMP Sharks
Hope Rogers Exeter Chiefs
Rachel Johnson Exeter Chiefs
Alycia Washington Sale Sharks
Tahlia Brody Cheltenham Tigers
Georgie Perris-Redding Sale Sharks
Tess Feury DMP Sharks
Hallie Taufoou Beantown RFC
Erica Jarrell* Beantown RFC
Kristin Bitter Dartmouth College
Lotte Clapp Saracens
Tiara A’au New York Rugby Club
Taina Tukuafu* Lindenwood University
Evelyn Ashenbrucker San Diego Surfers
Summer Harris-Jones USA Sevens
Jett Hayward Life West
Kathryn Treder DMP Sharks
Paluvava’u Freda Tafuna* Lindenwood University
Emily Henrich Dartmouth College
Eti Haungatau Sale Sharks
Jennine Detiveaux Knoxville Minx
Charli Jacoby Exeter Chiefs
McKenzie Hawkins Colorado Greywolves
Kate Zackary (C) Exeter Chiefs
Joanne Fa’avesi USA Sevens
Keia Mae Sagapolu Central Washington University
Preparation Camp Invites
Name Club
Jenny Kronish Harlequins
Meya Bizer DMP Sharks
Paige Stathopoulos Beantown RFC
Tiahna Padilla Harvard University
Yeja Dunn Beantown RFC
Sadie Schier Dartmouth College
Sophia Pyrz Rhinos
Olivia Bernadel-Huey Berkeley All Blues
India Perris-Redding Sale RFC
Nicole James Sale Sharks
Caitlin Weigel Colorado Greywolves
Emerson Allen Railway Union
Kapoina Bailey Lindenwood University
Olivia Woods Eagle High School - Idaho
Reece Woods Eagle High School - Idaho
Monalisa Tupou EPA Lady Razorbacks
Su Adegoke Life University

USA Women’s Eagles Traveling Staff

Interim Head Coach | Richard Ashfield

Assistant Coach | Katie Dowty

Assistant Coach | Kate Daley

Strength & Conditioning | Sylvia Braaten

Head Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry

Athletic Trainer | Ken Look

Analyst | Caitlin Singletary

Team Doctor | Chau Bui

Team Doctor | Rachel Sachs-Bourne

Team Manager | Tim Westwood

Team Manager | Tiffany Lopez

Assistant Coach/Consultant | Mouritz Botha

2023 Pacific Four Series Schedule
April 1, 2023

v. Canada | 17-50 (L)

Location: Madrid, Spain

July 8, 2023

v. Australia | 4:00pm ET

Location: Ottawa, Canada

July 14, 2023

v. New Zealand | 4:00pm ET

Location: Ottawa, Canada