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USA U20, U23 Women Open Series in Canada

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USA U20, U23 Women Open Series in Canada

The women's age-grade teams are back in action, finally. Photo USA Rugby.

OTTAWA, ON – The USA Women's U20s and U23s are set to play Queen's University of Kingston, Ont., and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees in a two-day series starting Sunday.

The players assembled for a short 3-day camp ahead of competition, and then the U20s will play the Queen's Gaels on Sunday while the U23s will face Ottawa. The American teams will trade opponents for Tuesday's games. All will be held at Matt Anthony Field on the campus of the University of Ottawa.

2022 Garnet and Gold Classic Schedule

Sunday, July 17
Queen’s Gaels vs. USA U20 – 1:30PM ET - See Live
Ottawa Gee-Gees vs. USA U23 – 3:30PM ET - See Live

Tuesday, July 19
Queen’s Gaels vs. USA U23 – 4:30PM ET - See Live
Ottawa Gee-Gees vs. USA U20 – 6:30PM ET - See Live

Queen’s and Ottawa will provide a solid test for the USA development squads, as they boast two of the strongest women’s rugby programs in Canada. Consistently seeded at or near the top of the U SPORTS Top 10 rankings, the two schools met in the final of the 2021 U SPORTS National Championship. This is also a return to cross-border play for the Women’s Junior National teams, who have been out of international competition since the COVID shutdowns. 

“With the current Rugby World Cup cycle nearing its finale, this tour couldn’t come at a better time," said USA U23 Head Coach Katie Dowty. "I would expect to see several members of this U23 squad feature in the upcoming 2025 World Cup. We have selected a powerful, dynamic group — a combination of experienced age grade players and exciting new faces who showed their potential in the regional U23 championship. Competing against two top Canadian outfits will be an invaluable opportunity to test themselves and make their case for senior selection in the very near future.”

USA U20 Head Coach Joel Bonnaud echoed the sentiments.

“This summer event is a great opportunity for us to integrate some new players in the Pathway, keep working and expanding on the Key Habits we addressed during the most recent Winter camp, and put them to the test against top-notch competition," said Bonnaud. "Those Habits focus on what players do while “off” the ball and away from the action, namely “Get BIG” (Back In Game), “Clockwork” (Field Vision and Scanning plus Connecting and Planning with teammates) along with 2v1s – with and without space – Identification and Execution. The two components we will add this summer are Field Position Awareness and 3D Clockwork, adding depth to our scanning, with and without the ball.”


Name School / Club
Tiara A’Au ORSU
Emerson Allen Life University
Emma Auld Virginia
Kristin Bitter Dartmouth College
Natalie Bjorklund Penn State
Sam Brackett Santa Barbara Women’s Rugby
Grace Bryson University of Minnesota
Aubrey Buresh University of Northern Iowa
Bailey Burt Lander University
Jess Burt Lander University
Hope Cooper Berkeley All Blues
Bianca Curtis Grand Canyon 
Autumn Czaplicki West Chester 
Lauren Ferridge Dartmouth College
Abbey Jacobs UW – Eau Claire
Ember Larson Michigan
Krista Matsumura Berkeley All Blues
Aimee Ramos Life West
Hanna Rojas-Rhodes Mount St Mary’s 
Keiamae Sagapolu Central Washington 
Falamei “Mei” Sanft EPA Razorhawks
Dani Sheppard Des Moines Women
Emele “Tua” Tanupo ORSU
Roxelle Thomas St Mary’s College
Queenette Toomalatai Life University
Taina Tukuafu Lindenwood 
Brooklyn Vaifanua Life University
Lauren Thunen San Diego Surfers


Name School/Club
Olivia Anderson Central Washington 
Abagail Bartenstein Mount St Mary’s 
EC Cantrell Cardiff Metropolitan 
Aly Cunningham Sacred Heart 
Amelia Gibson United HS
Maddie Hughes Queens University
Payten Janiscek Badgers Select Academy
Avery Kemora Queens University
Dylan Kipp British Columbia University
Alivia Leatherman Notre Dame College
Tomoko Mahe EPA Razorbacks
Emma McCabe Central Washington 
Asia Meni Dartmouth College
Leah Palmesano Mount St Mary’s 
Annekkia Ritter-Truxal American International College
Abbey Savin Dartmouth College
Sadie Schier Dartmouth College
Salome Schmitt Queens University
Ella Slaby Bowdoin College
Kat Storey Quinnipiac University
Mona Lisa Tupou EPA Razorbacks
Anna Van Dyk Quinnipiac University
Katelyn Walker Eagles HS