Wales tour ahead for the USA Women’s U20s this July

Fri, Jun 28, 2024, 8:37 PM
by Calder Cahill.
Neil Kennedy
Neil Kennedy

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 U20s will follow last year’s adventures in Ottawa with an all-new rugby experience in one of World Rugby’s top nations. Both squads will gather at Mount Saint Mary’s University for a pre-tour camp before departing for Cardiff. All three matches for the Women’s U20s will be broadcast live on RugbyPass TV.

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.

The Women’s U20s will start the tour activities with an 11-day camp on the campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland, before heading off to Cardiff on July 12 for the TransAtlantic Quad Series. Fixtures will kick off July 14 with three matches planned against Canada, England and Wales U20s.

USA Women’s U20s Head Coach Joel Bonnaud said on the tour, “Similar to previous years, this tour is critical to our athletes’ development in the Pathway, as it teaches them to form an efficient team quickly and compete against opponents who will challenge them tactically, technically, physically and mentally for 80mn non-stop. However, this year provides an amazing growth opportunity, as we will have nine days to form a team instead of three. As a result, the group will be able to dig much deeper in the human relationships and brand of rugby we want to display.”

USA Women’s U20s Transatlantic Quad Series
Matchup Date/Time Venue
USA vs Canada July 14th | 12:30pm ET Cardiff Metropolitan University
USA vs Wales July 19th | 2:30pm ET Cardiff Arms
USA vs England July 24th | 12:30pm ET Cardiff Arms
USA Women’s U20s Transatlantic Quad Series Player Pool
Name Club
Sofia Fernandez Life University
Elizabeth Cook Charlotte Cardinals/Cardiff Met
Erica Kissinger Cardiff Met
Lauren DiPasquale Central Washington University
Courtney Taylor Harvard University
Charlotte Dauser Davenport University
Rebekah “Lissa” Salisbury Life University
Cindy Taulava Dartmouth College
Ashley Torres-Brown Sacred Heart University
Lennox London Harvard University
Carrie Coyer-Westerberg Davenport University
Emma AJ Haughey Life University
Kendall Cunningham Brown University
Reece Woods Sacred Heart University
Ava Reuter Lindenwood University
Kate Muldoon Brown University
Taylor Sadek Dartmouth College
Alissa Eisenhart United States Military Academy
Julia Murray Brown University
Hehea Pulotu Dartmouth College
Avery Morgan BYU/Life University
Lionala Mayorga Davenport University
Alopa Nau Davenport University
Paola Arredondo Almeida Dartmouth College
Skylar Jordan Harvard University
Ashley Cowdrey Davenport University
Non-traveling Reserves
Malia Tuli Kent Crusaders/Penn State University
Neasa McLaughlin Harvard University
Akil Dougherty Chiefs RFC / Brown University
Rachel Wilkie Davenport University
Sereana Vulaono University of New Haven

USA Women’s U20s Transatlantic Quad Series Coaches and Staff

Joel Bonnaud | Head Coach

Kitt Wagner Ruiz | Assistant Coach

Kristin ”Ham” Zdanczewicz | Strength & Conditioning Coach

Janie Kluempers | Athletic Trainer

Kjrsten “Kj” Abel Ruch | Team Manager

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