USA women ready for Guangzhou Sevens
USA women's Sevens coach Ric Suggitt has announced his squad for the third round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Guangzhou, China, on 30-31 March.
Emilie Bydwell, Ryan Carlyle and Kimber Rozier will not make the trip to China, with Sadie Anderson, Irene Gardner and Meya Bizer replacing them to make their debuts on the Series.
“This squad gives us a chance to look at a couple of other players and how they fare in international competition,” said Suggitt. “For the final selection for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, we need to have a good look at them in that environment.
“All three add something. Irene is diligent in her work away from us – she has a good attitude, good pass and can tackle. Meya’s another young player and captain of the U20s. We’re glad to have her with us. Meya’s demonstrated before that she has some of those attributes that we’ve been looking for in our program.”
Suggitt’s side will open play in Guangzhou against Fiji, who are yet to play in this year’s Series, before they take on hosts China in their second match. In a Houston Sevens Cup final rematch, the Eagles will finish their pool matches against Houston Sevens champions England.
“We’ve had some really good draws in this Series,” added Suggitt. “I’m happy to draw England. For me, they’re probably the number one team in the world right now. They have good speed, good size; the more games we can get against them the better off we are.
“I’m happy about the chance to play Fiji because we’ve never seen them. Plus, we’ll have them in the World Cup, so we’ll get a good gauge on their strengths. We’ve had pretty good success against China in the last eighteen months, so if we can keep pressure on them it will give us good momentum for London and Amsterdam.”
Currently in sixth place with 24 points – two less than fourth place Russia and South Africa – USA boast four of the top-25 points scorers in Nathalie Marchino (40), Victoria Folayan (30), Christy Ringgenberg (26) and captain Vanesha McGee (25).
USA Women’s Sevens for Guangzhou Women’s Sevens: Sadie Anderson, Meya Bizer, Katie Dowty, Lauren Doyle, Victoria Folayan, Irene Gardner, Kelly Griffin, Nathalie Marchino, Vanesha McGee, Deven Owsiany, Jillion Potter, Christy Ringgenberg