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USAWomen Make Cup Semi-Finals - "Location. Location. Location." first appeared in a real estate ad in a 1926 edition of the Chicago Tribune. For the Women's Eagles, location in Pool B of this year's Women's Rugby World Cup, represented one of the significant reasons for the team's progression into the round of four. In Pool B, the USA achieved victories against lower ranked Italy and then Spain, adding a bonus point in each contest for scoring four tries. Those two successful scoring outcomes generated ten points going into the third match against England. Down 33-7 at half, it seemed that a possible bonus point was out of reach for the USA. But in the second half - and also after many England substitutions - the Eagles mounted a three-try comeback to notch that eleventh bonus point. Only an Ireland upset of France, and also a close game result less than seven points, would have eliminated the USA from advancement. (i.e.; France, also at 2-1, with 11 points but with a higher points scored/against differential than the USA.) France won 21-5, and the Eagles could cheer that they were in the final round.
Team USA: Cheta Emba; Nava Tapper, Nicole Heavierland, Alev Kelter, Kristen Thomas; Kimber Rozier, Deven Owsianv; Catie Benson, Katy Augustyn, Tiffany Faaee (capt), Stacey Bridges, Alvica Washington, Sara Parsons, Kate Zackary, Jordan Gray.
Replacements: Samantha Pankev, Hope Rogers, Nick James, Abby Gustaitis, Kristine Sommer, Kayla Canett-Oca, Sylvia Braaten, Jess Wooden, Jessica Javalet.
WRWC Semi-Final Schedule in Belfast, Ireland
New Zealand vs. USA, Tuesday, August 22 at noon (ET)
England vs. France, Tuesday, August 22, at 2:45 p.m. (ET)
USA game twill be televised on NBCSports.
Harvard Hires New Women Coach - The varsity rugby program at Harvard announced the hiring of Mel Denham, former successful head coach at Central Washington where her three-year record was 39-4 with the Wildcats. She served as assistant coach at Harvard for three-years from 2010 to 2013. Last year in 2016, Harvard unveiled the new rugby field, which meets World Rugby certification.
Australian Rugby Union Axes Western Force - The long-awaited decision to cut one of two professional teams from the Super 15, occurred when Perth's Western Force was cut from future competition. The owners will pursue legal action to override the decision.