Glendale Raptors Rugby Football Club
Seven WPL Raptors Named to 2014 Eagle Pool
- Published on Oct. 8, 2013
- Written by Eiden Herring
USA Rugby announced the Women’s Eagles player pool for the upcoming 2014 Women’s World Rugby Cup. The 55-player pool is made up of the top women’s rugby athletes in the country – an unprecedented SEVEN of which represent the Glendale Raptors.
Jamie Burke, Sarah Chobot, JoJo Kitlinski, Laura Miller, Hannah Stolba, Kitt Wagner and Sarah Wilson all have the opportunity to earn a spot representing the United States in the greatest women’s 15s competition in rugby.
“We’ve established these players in prior camps and games over the past few years as potentially being contributors for us in the World Cup,” USA Women’s Eagles 15s Head Coach Pete Steinberg said. “These are athletes who we believe have the ability to be World Cup-ready in 300 days.”
USA Rugby notes that this is not a closed pool – the coaching staff will still consider players who they deem as on the cusp of making the pool (through ETC camps), as well as breakout unknowns as the women’s competitive season advances.
Naming a solid, 55-play pool this early in the game, while leaving flexibility to add others to it, allows the coaching staff as much preparation and player-coach interaction time as possible. To prepare for the Cup and earn a spot on the final roster, pool players will tentatively compete in eight test matches along with six intra-squad scrimmages over the next several months.
The 2014 Women’s World Rugby Cup will be held in Paris August 1-17. The field set includes the Eagles, New Zealand, England, Australia, France, Canada, Ireland, Wales, Spain, Samoa, South Africa and Kazakhstan. Each team will play five matches, and the official tournament pools have yet to be drawn.
Please join us in congratulating the seven Raptors named to the Eagle Pool, and check back soon for updates on their journey to the 2014 World Cup!