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Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:57    PDF Print Write e-mail
Tonga Breaks USA U20 Hearts
National Teams - Age-Grade Men


Tough-tackling Tonga knocked out the USA from the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy final, winning a 28-22 thriller to take the top spot in Pool A Tuesday.

Power Sport ImagesAsian champions Japan topped Pool B with a resounding 37-12 victory over second seeds Canada and will meet Tonga in the final on Saturday.

Tonga scored two tries in each half to collect the requisite four tries needed to give them an invaluable bonus point which pushed them to 10 points, equal with the US who also collected a bonus point for finishing within a seven-point loss margin. But the Pacific Islanders topped the pool on the head-to-head result.

The match ended in some confusion with the United States players thinking they had done enough to secure a final berth – believing a superior point differential would see them through - but they were wrong as the tiebreaker was head-to-head, not points difference.

"Praise to God for giving us this victory," said a delighted Tongan head coach Feao Vunipola. "Our defense was rock-solid and our fitness was superb and these were the two key ingredients behind the win."

Scrumhalf Siaosi Tonga scored the first try for the Tongans before Patelisio Oneone, who began the game at flyhalf but then switched to scrumhalf after an early injury to Siaosi Tonga, maintained the pressure. The USA could only manage two Ben Cima penalties, and then Mosese Latu twisted the knife further with a drop goal just before halftime to make the score 16-6 for Tonga at the break.

Cima put the USA closer with another penalty, but Jarom Halo's try extended Tonga's lead to 23-9 with Latu's conversion. Cima kicked another penalty for the USA but then Haini Moala scored at 66 minutes to make it 28-12. The USA finally got a try, with Titi Lamositele going over with ten minutes left. Cima hit the conversion and then a penalty.

That made it 28-22, enough for a close-loss bonus point, which, the USA team seemed to think, would tie them with Tonga on total points (true), and put them ahead on points difference (true, but irrelevant). Tonga wins the pool because they beat the USA head-to-head. Georgia beat Hong Kong 21-8. Had the Junior Lelos scored one more try, they would have won the pool instead of Tonga or the USA.

It was a remarkable turnaround for Tonga, the fourth seeds, who began the competition with a 34-10 defeat at the hands of Georgia, but then bounced back hammering hosts Hong Kong 39-16 before inflicting the first loss on the fancied United States.

"We started the tournament slowly and our fitness was lacking in that first game. But we have kept on improving and today everything fell into place, especially our defense which was the key," Vunipola said. "The US was ranked number one but I felt they played their final last week when they met Georgia who they thought was the team to beat in our pool. We came in as the underdogs."

"It is very disappointing to go out in this fashion but we couldn’t get any early rhythm into our game and we failed to control and protect that grey area – between the halfway and our 22. That cost us," said USA coach Billy Millard. "To be within touching distance and not go through to the final on Saturday is a huge disappointment."

As disappointed as the USA might be, Canada has to be even more gutted, as they finished bottom of Pool B with a 0-2-1 record.

Final Day: Saturday April 19
7th/8th Hong Kong v Canada
5th/6th Georgia v Namibia
3th/4th  v Uruguay
Final Tonga v Japan

 
Written by Press Release    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:22    PDF Print Write e-mail
USA Women Roster v Canada Announced
National Teams - USA Women


From USARugby.org

MILL BAY, British Columbia – Women’s Eagles Head Coach Pete Steinberg has selected the side to start IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 preparations - the side that will face Canada in the opening match of the Can-Am series Tuesday, April 15.

The Eagles and Canada share a storied and intertwined history together, with both programs following nearly identical paths. Tuesday’s match at Shawnigan Lake School – which kicks off at 3:30 P.M. (6:30 P.M. ET) – will be another part of that connection throughout time.

Both programs contested their first ever matches against each other in 1987, with Canada hosting the inaugural match. In 2014, each side will open its seasonal campaign against each other – the start to IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 preparations.

Furthering on the game of firsts for the Eagles, the contest will also be the first non-tournament match during the month of April.

The Eagles have only ever competed in a World Cup in April (1991, 1994).

Mixed international experience levels will allow the team to see more than just what players can do in an international match environment.

“We have had some really good practices here [at Shawnigan Lake] and I’m interested to see what some of the players are capable of when under pressure,” Steinberg said. “These games are also really a chance for us to see where we want to go tactically with our game plan.”

Two players will get their first caps for the Women’s Eagles following the four practices at Shawnigan Lake School. Tess Kohanski and Jacie Vonada will don the red, white, and blue jersey in the starting XV for the first time, while Amanda Kingzett could earn her first cap from the bench.

“I’m just expecting to go out and have fun,” said Kingzett. “I think every competition you prepare like it is an international game, but it is extra special to represent your country. So with that I’m going to have fun and go out and execute what we’ve prepared to do.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Jamie Burke gets the nod at prop to earn her 43rd career cap. The honor furthers Burke’s record as most capped Women’s Eagle.

Shaina Turley will lead the Eagles as captain on the day, slotting in at eight.

“I’m excited about our team’s development and looking forward to a great match against Canada,” said Turley. “It’s always an honor to lead team U.S.A. and I couldn’t ask for a better group of teammates.” Rugby Canada’s live stream of the match will begin at 3:15 P.M. (6:15 P.M. ET) on rugbycanada.tv. Despite it being the first matches of the season, both sides know each other well, having last played during the 2013 IRB Women’s Nations Cup.

The July meeting saw the host Eagles best the Maple Leafs, 29-17, at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.

In the contest, Sarah Chobot dotted down twice for the Eagles, coming on as a reserve prop. Lynelle Kugler, who gets the start at flanker, joined Nathalie Marchino and Kristin Zdanczewicz by also adding tries on the day.

To round out the scoring for the Eagles, kicking duties were assumed by Kimber Rozier and Meya Bizer, who accounted for a conversion kick each. Bizer will line up at inside center Tuesday, while Rozier slots in as a reserve.

For Canada, Sammy Crandell, Jane Kirby, and Laura Russell claimed tries during the match. Magali Harvey converted one of the three tries.

Tuesday’s match will be the 29th time the teams have squared off against each other. It is also the 14th time Canada will host the series contest.

The Eagles hold a 7-1 record during April contests.

Women's Eagles | v Canada 

1. Naima Reddick
2. Tess Kohanski
3. Jamie Burke
4. Stacy Bridges
5. Molly Kinsella
6. Mel Denham
7. Phoebe Boone
8. Shaina Turley (c)
9. Jennifer Lui
10. Sadie Anderson
11. Ryan Carlyle
12. Meya Bizer
13. Emilie Bydwell
14. Amanda Street
15. Jacie Vonada

Women's Eagles | Reserves
16. Katy Augustyn
17. Sarah Wilson
18. Libby Berg
19. Sharon Blaney
20. Amanda Kingzett
21. Carrie White
22. Kimber Rozier
23. Erin Overcash

 
Written by Press Release    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:03    PDF Print Write e-mail
Canada Women Name 1st Can-Am Roster
Canada - Women


The USA Women's National Team has not yet released its roster for today's Can-Am Series test, but Canada has (from RugbyCanada.ca):

Bianca Farella is one several Canada 7s stars booting up with the 15s team. (Ian Muir photo)

LANGFORD, BC – Canada’s Women’s Fifteens head coach Francois Ratier has announced his starting roster to face USA on Tuesday, April 15 at Shawnigan Lake School in the first of two games in the ‘CANAM’ series.

Kick off is slated for 3:30pm local time (6:30pm Eastern Time) at the world-class facility in Mill Bay, British Columbia and the game is free for fans to attend.

Tuesday’s international fixture opens a busy 2014 for Canada’s Women’s Team, with a CAN-AM Series, June tour to New Zealand all in preparation for the IRB Women’s World Cup in August in Paris.

Canada will be facing a physical, determined team in the Americans on Tuesday, who have been training at Shawnigan Lake School on Vancouver Island after arriving late last week.

“They are a really physical team and I think we are as well so it’s going to be a very physical match on Tuesday,” said Mack.

Canada’s Women’s Team went 3-1 en route to winning their first ever Nations Cup in Denver, Colorado last summer. Despite beating England on two occasions and South Africa once, Canada were bested by their North American rivals and are keen for the CANAM rematches.

“It will be really nice to have a rematch against them after last summer and to show them all the work we have been doing the girls have been working really hard and its coming out of this camp and we’re excited to be on the field against them on Tuesday,” added Mack.

Canada Women's National Team vs. USA (April 15)
1 Laura Russell, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
2 Kim Donaldson, (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) Toronto, ON
3 Hilary Leith, (Saracens/Capilano RFC) Vancouver, BC
4 Kayla Mack, (Wild Oats RFC) Saskatoon, SK
5 Latoya Blackwood, (St. Anne de Bellevue) Montreal, QC
6 Barbara Mervin, (Velox RFC) Peterborough, ON
7 Karen Paquin, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
8 Kelly Russell, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
9 Stephanie Bernier, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, Quebec
10 Kayla Moleschi, (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
11 Magali Harvey, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
12 Andrea Burk, (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
13 Mandy Marchak, (Capilano RFC) Winnipeg, MB
14 Brittany Waters, (Meraloma Athletic Club) Vancouver, BC
15 Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC

Reserves
16 Clarah Pegg, (Kingston RFC) Barrie, ON
17 Marie-Pier Pinault-Ried, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
18 Mary Jane Kirby, (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON
19 Tyson Beukeboom, (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, Ontario
20 Jacey Murphy, (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
21 Julia Sugawara, (Burnaby Lake RFC) Surrey, BC
22 Brittany Benn, (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
23 Jessica Dovanne, (Velox RFC) Victoria, BC

CAN-AM SCHEDULE

CANADA vs. USA
April 15, 2014
Shawnigan Lake School, Mill Bay, BC
Streamed LIVE at www.rugbycanada.tv
Kickoff 3:30pm PT

CANADA vs. USA
April 19, 2014
Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
Streamed LIVE at www.rugbycanada.tv
Kickoff 3:30pm PT

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:18    PDF Print Write e-mail
PMRC Honors All-Stars
Colleges - Women's College


The Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference (PMRC) has named its four sets of division all-stars. Each player below will receive an invitation to the PMRC All Star Tournament, which will be held May 27-31, 2014, at Stanford University, and have the opportunity to impress national team coaches in attendance. Congratulations to all of the recognized players for the season of hard work.

New Mexico led the PMC East with eight players. (Derek Lucero photo)

2014 North Division All-Stars
Tiana Bennett (Washington State)
Samantha Brace (Oregon)
Leudy De Los Santos (Oregon)
Sarah Dietderich (Washington)
Bethany Edgerly (Oregon State)
Erika Farias (Oregon)
Lakecia Farmer (Washington State)
Niki Fausset (Washington State)
Paris Hart (Oregon)
Marie Holladay (Oregon)
Avery Kitsch (Washington)
Jackie Klare-Lanning (Oregon State)
Emma Knapp (Washington State)
Josie Markoff (Washington State)
Shelby Mastroianni (Washington State)
Caroline Midkiff (Oregon State)
Anne Peterson (Washington State)
Jessica Salud (Oregon)
Tor Shimizu (Washington)
Noehly Tzintzun (Washington State)
Emily Vyhnanek (Washington)
Erin Weber (Washington State)
Zoe Wilson (Oregon)

2014 West Division All-Stars
Yesenia Angel (Chico)
Anysia Avila (UC Davis)
Allie Ballesteros (Stanford)
Michelle Batlle (Stanford)
Amy DeSmidt (UC Davis)
Kelly Doran (Cal)
Maxine Fonua (Stanford)
Megan Foster (Chico)
Genevieve Ireland (Cal)
Sierra Knebel (Chico)
Jessica Lewis (Cal)
Jackie Lovrin (Chico)
Dani McDonald (Stanford)
Esther Melton (Stanford)
Amanda Mponte (UC Davis)
Nikki Richardson (Stanford)
Kristin Shum (UC Davis)
Jessica Smith (Stanford)
Abby Vogel (Cal)
Catherynn Vuong (Stanford)
Caitlin Whiteside (Cal)
Madda Wilson (Stanford)
Stacey Wong (Cal)

Honorable Mention
Mariah Castro (Cal)
Sasha Herbst de Cortina (Stanford)
Tamarra Rogers (Chico)
Michelle Teo (Stanford)
Lai Turn (Stanford)

2014 South Division All-Stars
Emily Arenchild (UC Santa Barbara)
Noorin Dorosti (UCLA)
Giorgi Flagello (Arizona)
Carly Gieszi (Arizona)
Mikayla Gilbert (Arizona State)
Monique Grimaldi (UC San Diego)
Ria Joesph (Arizona)
Erica Johnson (UC Santa Barbara)
Anisa Khamvongsa (UC Santa Barbara)
Jordan Klein (UCLA)
Eva Larios (UCLA)
Maddy Luthard (UC San Diego)
Erika Matczenko (UC San Diego)
Maggie McClure (Arizona State)
Amy Naber (Arizona)
Danielle Robottom (Arizona State)
Nicole Rodriguez (UC San Diego)
Elizabeth Sanchez (UCLA)
Bria Shelley (UC Santa Barbara)
Kanausha Thompson (Arizona)
Onubulachi Wami (UC Santa Barbara)
Kelsee Williams (Arizona State)
Tiffany Zhou (UC San Diego)

Honorable Mention
Angelita Ochoa (UC San Diego)
Madison Arenchild (UCLA)

2014 East Division All-Stars
Tanya Aragon (New Mexico)
Darcy Ayers (Colorado State)
Theresa Cameron (Air Force)
Sophia Cole (Colorado)
Jasmine Crane (Colorado State)
Kedra Davis (New Mexico)
Elizabeth Dinkel (Colorado State)
Jen Foster (New Mexico)
Jordan Gray (Women's Cougar Rugby)
Cindy Hollen (New Mexico)
Emma McCaslin (New Mexico)
Brawley McCaslin (New Mexico)
Nicole McCullough (Women's Cougar Rugby)
Emma Pister (Women's Cougar Rugby)
Emmy Raney (Air Force)
Harley Rowland (Women's Cougar Rugby)
Saibra Rubadue (Colorado State)
Erica Speer (New Mexico)
Meighan Stevens (Women's Cougar Rugby)
Charley Thompson (Colorado State)
Paige Torgerson (Women's Cougar Rugby)
Whitney White (New Mexico)
Madison Williams (Colorado State)

Honorable Mention
Audrey Adgate (Colorado State)

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Monday, 14 April 2014 22:20    PDF Print Write e-mail
USA U20s Ready for Tonga
National Teams - Age-Grade Men


HONG KONG, China – The USA Rugby U20 Men's team will face Tonga in the early morning USA time on Tuesday.

A victory or a tie will ensure that the Americans will play in the championship game against Japan, Namibia, or Tonga.

"We have watched Tonga play and have done some analysis on them," Head Coach Billy Millard told IRB.com. "They play an aggressive style of rugby and have some great individual athletes. We are happy with our two wins but we know we need to take advantage of the position we are in. Our work rate is important. That is our foundation. We need to keep improving core skills such as lineout lifting, all breakdown elements, and our one-on-one ball-carrying and defense."

USA U20s to face Tonga
1. Titi Lamositele
2. Codi Jones
3. Benjamin Tarr
4. Tyler Enfield
5. Oliver Drew (C)
6. Christian Weissing
7. Ben Pinkelman
8. Hanco Germishuys
9. Erik Thompson
10. Ben Cima
11. James Vaifale
12. Gabe Farley
13. Nemia Qoro
14. Scott Dean
15. Niall Barry

Reserves
16. Peter Malcolm
17. Val Lee-Lo
18. Max Robertson
19. Zach Bonte
20. Mike Reid
21. Joe Kelly
22. Connor Wallace-Sims

Tonga U20s to face USA
1. Viliami Lefai
2. Feiloakitohi Tupoumalohi
3. Misinale Taukolo
4. Albert Mataele
5. Shannon Frizzell
6. Jonathan Akauola
7. Api Funaki (C)
8. Sione Hifo
9. Patelesio Oneone
10. Mosese Latu
11. Kimami Moala
12. Samiuela Tupou
13. Sunita Fihaki
14. George Stewart
15. Jarom Halo

Reserves
16. Taimikovi Fangatua
17. Haini Moala
18. Tomakino Taufa
19. Kisina Neiufi
20. Tuihakavalu Ika
21. Semisi Tei
22. Siaosi Tonga


 


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