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USA Women Chosen For Dubai Training Camp

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USA Women Chosen For Dubai Training Camp

Ilona Maher returns with the USA team. Mike Lee KLC fotos for World Rugby.

CHULA VISTA, Calif.—USA Women's 7s team Head Coach Chris Brown has selected 15 players to attend a competitive training camp in Dubai for the first two weekends of April.

At the event, the USA Women’s Sevens will face other senior national teams as part of their ongoing preparation for the Olympic Games Tokyo this July.

Alongside the USA, participating women’s teams include Brazil, Kenya, Canada, Japan and France. The Emirates Invitational 7s will take place behind closed doors with no spectators in attendance. Tournament organizers have confirmed that a live stream will not be available.

“It was a tough selection this time around with a number of quality players left out of the 12," said Brown. "Ari has shown some positive steps defensively over the last few weeks which has given us the confidence to give her this opportunity. The ones selected don’t take this responsibility lightly and will represent the whole squad well. Upon return, as a whole, we will continue to challenge and push each other so we progress.

USA Women’s Sevens Roster
Sui A'au, Prop, uncapped
Lauren Doyle, Flyhalf/Wing, 30 World Series Tournaments
Abby Gustaitis (Co-Captain), Prop/Hooker, 12
Nicole Heavirland, Hooker/Scrumhalf, 24
Kristi Kirshe, Center/Wing, 8
Ilona Maher, Center/prop, 12
Jordan Matyas, Prop, 13
Alena Olsen, Scrumhalf/Flyhalf, 3
Ariana Ramsey, Wing, uncapped
Steph Rovetti, Flyhalf/Wing, 6
Naya Tapper, Wing/Prop, 21
Kris Thomas (Co-Captain), Hooker/Center, 26

Nia Toliver, Prop/Wing, uncapped
Kasey McCravey, Hooker/Flyhalf, 4
Cheta Emba, Prop/Wing, 16


USA Women’s Sevens Staff
Head Coach | Chris Brown
Strength & Conditioning | Matt Long
Athletic Trainer | Nicole Titmas
Team Manager | Liz Strohecker
Dietician | Jacque Scaramella