USA Women’s Falcons head to Brazil for two exhibition matches

Sat, Jun 8, 2024, 3:22 PM
by Taylor Dean
USA Rugby
USA Rugby

Twenty-three players arrive in Brazil this weekend to play two exhibition matches as the USA Women’s Falcons. The team will play two games against Brazil, giving athletes in the broader playing pool an opportunity to play internationally. 

The traveling squad is composed of players from the USA Eagles player pool as well as invites from the U23 and U20 programs. Nine USA Eagles along with several names from the USA Women’s Eagles player pool head to Brazil. 

The games will be played on June 11 and June 13. Hosts Brazil will not be providing a livestream; score updates will be available on USA Rugby channels. 

USA Eagle Alum Sarah Chobot will lead the team as Head Coach. Chobot joins the USA camp from the American Raptors coaching group.

Comments from Brandon Sparks, Head of Women’s High Performance: 

“The selection process for this traveling roster was in collaboration with our pathway coaches and national team staff. We are excited to see the players who made the trip as it's an exciting blend of national team players and upcoming pathway players. We also are working to expand our pool of coaches and support staff and it is exciting to provide opportunities for them with this tour.

This tour is another step in progressing the development and creating opportunities for the players in America. While the short turnaround from PAC4 and the timing of this tour with college graduations and other important life milestones that happen this time of year was a challenge, we will keep creating more opportunities for players to play rugby.”

USA Women’s Falcons Traveling Roster
Name Club
Alivia Leatherman Unattached
Anna Van Dyk Quinnipiac University
Asialeata Meni Dartmouth College
Atumata Hingano USA Sevens
Emerson Allen Rhinos/Life West
Emily Henrich Unattached
Freda Tafuna Lindenwood University
Kelsie O'Brien Colorado Gray Wolves
Kristin Bitter Life West
Lauren Ferridge Beantown RFC
Leti Hingano Life West
Malia Isaacs Beantown RFC
Matalasi Morrissette Peaks Rugby
Maya Learned Colorado Gray Wolves
Nikki Kenyon Washington Athletic Club/Seattle Rugby Club/Life West
Nikki Lynch Brown University
Rachel Ehrecke Colorado Gray Wolves
Reece Woods Sacred Heart University
Sariah Ibarra Belmont Shore
Sophia Lamphier Berkeley All Blues
Sophie Pyrz Rhinos/Life West
Tiahna Padilla Harvard University
Tiara A'au New York Rugby Club
USA Women’s Falcons Traveling Staff 

Head Coach | Sarah Chobot

Assistant Coach | Katie Dowty

Strength & Conditioning | Kris Smith

Manager | Seth Symond

Physiotherapist | Travis Jameson