Written by Press Release    Friday, 23 November 2012 19:56    PDF Print Write e-mail
USA Women Squad Named to Face France
National Teams - USA Women


PARIS, France -- The first Women’s Eagles team to ever play in Stade de France has been selected for the final contest of USA’s European tour.  Another defensive standoff is expected after much rainfall the past few days, resulting in a soft pitch. 

Ian Muir photoWomen’s Eagles head coach Pete Steinberg is expecting his squad to rise to the occasion.

“It was a physical battle in the first game and we learned a lot,” mentioned Steinberg. “ We hope to raise our game for the last game of the year and finish the tour with our best performance."

The 80,000-seat Stade de France will also play a factor in how the Women’s Eagles play tomorrow.  The Women’s match will precede the French men’s contest with Samoa.  Excitement among the players is mounting as a large crowd is expected.

“Playing in Stade de France will be an amazing experience.  We have had two very light days and our bodies feel good,” said Captain Jamie Burke.  “The game against France will be another great encounter and we hope we can improve from Wednesday.”

Burke’s third-consecutive start on tour will boost her career number of caps to 35 and she will be joined by Kittery Wagner and Sarah Chobot in the front row.  World Cup veterans Stacey Bridges and Sharon Blaney partner as locks with Shaina Turley, Lynelle Kugler and Kate Daley returning to the back row.

Sadie Anderson, who will resume the vice-captain duties, starts at fly-half with Carrie White at scrum-half.  Despite receiving a cut under her eye in the last match, Amelia Bizer will get the nod for the second-straight game.  The U20 star will work with World Cup veteran Amy Daniels who gets her first start at inside center on this tour. Kimber Rozier starts her third-consecutive match at fullback with San Junita Moreno and Ashley Kmiecik on the wings.

Kickoff for the match is set for 3 PM (9 AM ET).  The contest is the second against France on the year.  The two teams played Wednesday (Nov. 21), which saw France shutout the US, 13-0, in Orleans.

Universal Sports will stream the game live from universalsports.com


USA v. FRANCE | STADE DE FRANCE | PARIS, FRANCE

  1. Sarah Chobot
  2. Kittery Wagner
  3. Jamie Burke (C)
  4. Stacey Bridges
  5. Sharon Blaney
  6. Shaina Turley
  7. Lynelle Kugler
  8. Kate Daley
  9. Carrie White
  10. Sadie Anderson
  11. Ashley Kmiecik
  12. Amy Daniels
  13. Amelia Bizer
  14. San Juanita Moreno
  15. Kimber Rozier

Reserves
16.  Katy Augustyn
17.  Sarah Wilson
18.   Naima Reddick
19.  Rosie Miesner
20.   Mel Denham
21.   Jennifer Lui
22.   Hannah Stolba
23.   Valerie Griffeth