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The second round of the now six-city HSBC World Rugby Women’s 7s 2016/2017 season continues this weekend in Sydney, the event to be played before the Men’s tournament. Co-favorites are those traditional rivals, host nation, Australia (The Wallaroos) and New Zealand (Black Ferns). The New Zealanders won the gold medal in Dubai in the first event of the circuit.
These same two squads also met in the 2016 Rio Olympic final, which was won by the Australians, a team that prevailed in last year’s Women’s 7’s play.
In essence, the two antipodal nations dominate 7s, rolling over the other ten opponents, and leaving the third place. bronze medal up for grabs among England, Ireland, France, and Canada.
The USA have not figured in even the second tier mix, losing in the past to Spain and Russia in pool play. The Eagles finished eleventh in Dubai.
In Sydney, the USA confront Russia and Spain again in their pool.
The Eagles played splendidly in the fifth place game in Rio, defeating a superior French squad. Last year, speedster Jessica Javelet became the female Baker/Isles, making long runs for tries. She is not with the team in Sydney.
The USA must demonstrate improvement in this tournament.
Women's Eagles Sevens - Squad
1. Cheta Emba
2. Kristen Thomas
3. Kelly Griffin
4. Ryan Carlyle
5. Nicole Heavirland
6. Alev Kelter
7. Naya Tapper
8. Kate Zackary
9. Joanne Fa'avesi
10. Kayla Canett
11. Hope Rogers
12. Sarah Buonopane