Women's Eagles residency squad for 2014 named
With just over a month to go until the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series arrives in Atlanta, USA Women’s Eagles Sevens coach Ric Suggitt has unveiled the 18 players in the Olympic Residency squad for 2014.
The contracted players will train full-time at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, and utilise the high-performance facilities offered by the United States Olympic Committee as the countdown continues to Rugby Sevens’ debut at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Women’s Eagles squad contains a number of players who helped secure a third place finish at Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow last June, including Victoria Folayan, Emilie Bydwell, Jillion Potter and Deven Owsiany.
Suggitt, though, has also included a number of young players in the squad who have come through the High Performance Pathway, as well as a few crossover athletes.
“As we prepare for this year, we must always remember the good work the previous players in residency put into the programme,” explained Suggitt, whose side are preparing for the Atlanta Sevens on 15-16 February.
“They helped establish the foundation and now it is up to the new group to shape this and make it even better.
“We have some brand new players like Jessica Javelet who are completely new to rugby who will add a new dimension to how we train and play. From our All-American programme we have players like Megan Bonny and Rebekah Siebach who have added speed and size.
“All are still very new to Sevens but they are learning very quickly.”
The Women’s Eagles currently lie seventh in the 2013/14 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series standings after the opening round in Dubai in November, but will hope home advantage can inspire them to a better result in Atlanta having reached the final of the USA round in Houston in 2013.
Women’s Eagles Sevens residency squad: Megan Bonny, Emilie Bydwell, Ryan Carlyle, Lorrie Clifford, Lauren Doyle, Victoria Folayan, Kelly Griffin, Jessica Javelet, Kathryn Johnson, Hannah Lockwood, Hannah Lopez, Dana Meschisi, Deven Owsiany, Jillion Potter, Rebekah Siebach, Liz Sowers, Shaina Turley, Amelia Villines.