The USA U20 team is currently in England for the U20 Nations Cup. Bryn will be sending me updates and I will pass them along as the week progresses. Of course, if you find a score let me know and I will update!
Under 20s Nations Cup Schedule:
USA U20 WNT Team Lineup against Wales:
1 Wendy Sherman (Colorado State)
2 Erica Lane (Chico State)
3 Rachel Sommer (West Linn, Ore.)
4 Katie Humphreys (Kent, Wash.)
5 Maggie Reidy (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
6 Candace Barley (Maryville Tenn.)
7 Jozy Gessner (Summit, Colo.)
8 Katie Johnson (Hopkins, Minn.)
9 Cat Parkhill (University of Minnesota)
10 Sadie Anderson (Penn State)
11 Tyra McGrady (Indiana University)
12 Lisa Henneman (Seattle Women) Captain
13 Brooke LeGate (Maryville, Tenn.)
14 Erica Cavenaugh (University of Virginia)
15 Jessica Sexaur (Army)
16 Katie Hathaway (Norwich)
17 Amelia Villines (Stanford)
18 Mallory Ives (Colorado State)
19 Brittany Houston (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
20 Erin LeGate (Maryville)
21 Brittany Woodard (Virginia State)
22 Morgan Rovetti (Brigham Young)
Here is an update from Bryn Chivers (U20 coach) and the U19 Women's Rugby Blog:
Wednesday July 8th
Good day of practice and some light moments off the field. The forwards really took it to the scrum sled this morning and they looked tighter and more focused than we’ve seen before. The backs made some adjustments and all of them are competing for a starting spot. Narcolepsy is running rampant as the effects of jet lag results in players falling asleep every time we stop moving. A classic moment happened at lunch when Brooke Legate fell asleep while sitting on the lap of her twin sister Erin, who was also asleep. Kurt got the moment on camera and it’s only fair that we share it with the world. =)
We got back tonight to find the Welsh team had moved into the Orphanage with us. It’s going to be interesting with them in the rooms down one end and us in the rooms at the other. They look considerably smaller than us but we know from experience that tomorrow they will be ferocious competitors despite the size difference. Feeling amongst the players is very upbeat and the general consensus that this is the game where we beat them. More after the game tomorrow.
Tuesday July 7th
It was up early and off to breakfast. The new players had their first experience with a British breakfast……the thick bacon and baked beans came as a bit of a surprise. Practices are at the Airforce base at RAF Halton and the team practiced there twice today. They spent the morning working on the breakdown and in the afternoon the different units got to work on some of the situations that had caused problems for the team at the U23 NASC in June. The team ate lunch and dinner at RAF Halton and then returned to the dorms at Stoke Mandeville in the early evening. The accommodations are best described as basic and the players lovingly refer to the place as “The Orphanage”. The forwards are in one room and the backs are next door……although they are only separated by a low wall and can talk between the two groups.
Monday July 6th
The U20 Women’s National Team arrived in London on Monday afternoon and made short drive to their base at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire. The players were clearly jet lagged and most were fast asleep long before curfew.
Stay tuned for more updates!