Roster Announced for France Matches
Jonathan Swart June 3rd, 2013

Jonathan Swart

BOULDER, Colo. — 30 players will convene in southern California for the Women’s Eagles upcoming tests against France.  Pete Steinberg has announced his roster to square off against the French in a three match series.

The younger team will look to avenge two loses suffered to France during the Women’s Eagles European Tour last fall.  France claimed both matches against the US in Orleans (13-0) and Paris (27-3), respectively.

While 19 players listed on the current roster have prior experience against France from last November, head coach, Steinberg, believes the newer players will be the key to success this time around.

“We have seven test matches this summer and with a year before the World Cup we want to see what some of the younger players can do,” said Steinberg.

Three players selected to the roster follow the pattern of youth literally, having left the Top 60 camp early in order to try out for the U20 team.  Meya Bizer, Anne Peterson, and Hope Rogers all departed last weeks Top 60 camp in order to head to Chula Vista in an attempt to make the Junior All American squad.

“Anne Peterson stood out as a very exciting talent at the Top 60 camp and we are hoping that she can continue that form in Los Angeles,” said Steinberg.

Bizer however, brings much experience despite her age, having started both matches against France, last fall.

All three U20 hopefuls come to the Women’s Eagles having claimed national championships for their respective colleges, earlier in May.  Bizer and Rogers won the Division 1 Championship with Penn State, while Peterson clinched the Division 2 title with Washington State.

Three other players also competed at the collegiate level this year.  Megan Bonny played alongside Peterson at Washington State, Jessica Davis suited up for American International College, and Erin Overcash led the way at the University of Colorado.

Sadie Anderson competed at Penn State in the fall, before receiving her degree in May. Anderson was a resident at the Olympic Training Center during the spring.

Steinberg is also excited to have two Sevens team residents join the roster in Anderson and Ryan Carlyle.

“Sadie has been part of the 15s program for two years and having her is a big boost for the series,” said Steinberg.  “We are looking forward to seeing what Ryan can do and how she has developed down in Chula Vista.”

Anderson, much like Bizer, competed for the Women’s Eagles on its European Tour.  Anderson slotted in at flyhalf, while serving as a vice captain during matches.

Another player Steinberg is excited to have back on the roster, following a long hiatus, is Jocelyn Tseng.  Last capped in 2007, the scrumhalf stepped back from rugby in order to pursue academic endeavors.

Steinberg mentioned that having her back in the mix means that “now scrumhalf is very competitive with three international scrumhalves on the squad.”

2010 World Cup All-Star Team Selection Jamie Burke, will look to add to her already impressive cap collection.  Burke is hoping to establish herself as the most capped Women’s Eagle in program history, following the games this summer.

Currently, Burke has 35 caps to her credit.

With such an expansive schedule for the coming months, Steinberg expects players to flourish from the contests.

“Players like Molly Kinsella have transformed their game in the last twelve months and with fourteen months to go, we need to start investing in the potential of the athletes,” said Steinberg.

The head coach also went on to say that in preparing for the future, he just wants his team to have “more competition leading to the World Cup”.  Concluding that his players need to play as often as possible before competing for such an elite trophy.

The Women’s Eagles will square off against France in a three match series.  Games are scheduled for June 7, 11, and 14.

Kickoffs for each of the games are slated for 5 p.m. (PT).

The first two matches against the French will be held at Oxnard College (Calif.).  The final contest, on June 14, will be held at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif.

The final match of the series will take place prior to the Eagles match against Tonga.  Universal Sports will be televising the Women’s Eagles contest.  Airing times of the coverage have not been confirmed.

Nations Cup games will round out the summer events for the Women’s Eagles.  Those contests will take place July 28 through August 11.  Event details are to be finalized in the coming month.

All Nations Cup matches will be held in Greeley, Colo., at the University of Northern Colorado.

 USA Women’s Eagles | France Tests | Los Angeles, Calif.

Sadie Anderson
Katy Augustyn
Meya Bizer
Sharon Blaney
Megan Bonny
Stacey Bridges
Jamie Burke
Ryan Carlyle
Erica Cavanaugh
Sarah Chobot
Kate Daley
Jessica Davis
Mel Denham
Carmen Farmer
Molly Kinsella
Ashley Kmiecik
Lynelle Kugler
Jennifer Lui
Erin Overcash
Anne Peterson
Naima Reddick
Hope Rogers
Hannah Stolba
Amanda Street
Jocelyn Tseng
Shaina Turley
Kittery Wagner
Sarah Walsh
Caroline White
Kristin Zdancewicz