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Reeling from back-to-back disappointing finishes, Team USA takes the field for the penultimate stop on the HSBC Sevens Series Saturday in Langford, B.C. with several changes to the lineup from their last tournament. The Eagles kickoff against Russia at 1:30 p.m. ET, France at 4:46 p.m. and Japan at 7:16 p.m.
After starting the Series off with a silver medal in Dubai, the Eagles have struggled, finishing eighth in Australia and ninth in Japan. They sit at seventh in the world rankings, but take that Dubai result out, and they don’t sit so well. Only China and Japan have done worse over the last two tournaments. In the six-year history of the Women’s World Series, the USA has only had worse successive showings once, back in 2013/2014.
With the results come some changes, as Lauren Doyle, Joanne Fa’avesi and Kayla Canett make their season debuts. All have played under head coach Richie Walker before, but Doyle not since the Rio Olympics.
The additions give the Eagles a very veteran side going into the weekend. It should have included flyer Kristen Thomas, but she sustained an injury during training Wednesday morning, and Sarah Buonopane was pulled in to cover. Injuries have mounted for Thomas, who missed out on Rio with a broken leg. She also missed the first two tournaments this season.
WOMEN'S SEVENS ROSTER | 2018 Canada Sevens roster
1. Jordan Gray
2. Cheta Emba
3. Abby Gustaitis
4. Ryan Carlyle
5. Joanne Fa'avesi
6. Nicole Heavirland (C)
7. Kate Zackary
8. Kayla Canett
9. Lauren Doyle
10. Alev Kelter
11. Sarah Buonopane
12. Naya Tapper
WOMEN'S SEVENS SCHEDULE | 2018 HSBC CANADA SEVENS
vs. Russia | Sat, May 12 - 1:30 PM ET
vs. France | Sat, May 12 - 4:46 PM ET
vs. Japan | Sat, May 12 - 7:16 PM ET