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Women's 7s - Photo: Courtesy World Rugby

The team to represent the USA for Atlanta 7s, stop three on the 2015 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series, has been announced.  Coach Ric Suggitt made two changes to the Sao Paulo Sevens roster.  Kelly Griffin will continue in her duties as captain.    

Bui Baravilala, a capped Eagle, returns to the line up after being away in development for the last two years.  Coach Suggitt saw her perform during the Las Vegas Invitational and invited her to the Eagle’s high performance camp in Chula Vista at the end of February.  He offered, “She offers incredible athleticism, skill, and game knowledge.  We are very happy to have her back and look forward to helping her cultivate into the player she has potential to become.”  Kate Zachary, a crossover soccer athlete, has experienced a very challenging last six months.  “She has worked really hard over the past six weeks and she played well in Las Vegas.   Although she is still learning the game, she has good pace and a very positive attitude and we are very happy to have her play with us in Atlanta.” 

The tournament kicks off on Saturday, March 14.  Team USA will play in Pool A, facing New Zealand, Russia, and South Africa.  Knockout rounds will be held on Sunday, March 15. 

The team arrived Atlanta on Sunday to begin a week of training and final preparations for this weekend.   Although the forecast calls for rain on Saturday, good weather is expected and will hopefully lead to increased ticket sales and spectatorship this year.   Tickets start at just $12.   

Coach Suggitt maintained,  “The goal with Atlanta 7s, as always, is to win each game, particularly on day one. “  Finishing in the top four at the end of the season would automatically grant the USA qualification into the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  The NACRA Sevens Regional Qualifier, which will be held in June in Cary, N.C., would provide the US a second chance at Olympic qualification.

Women’s Eagle For Atlanta 7s

  1. Megan Bonny
  2. Kelly Griffin (Captain)
  3. Kathryn Johnson
  4. Bui Baravilala
  5. Jessica Javelet
  6. Kristen Thomas
  7. Victoria Folayan
  8. Alev Kelter
  9. Hannah Lopez
  10. Kate Zachary
  11. Joanne Fa’avesi
  12. Lauren Doyle

Women’s Eagles Coaching Staff

Ric Suggitt, Head Coach

Richie Walker, Assistant Coach

JoAnne Kos, Team Manager

Dr. Lisa Bartoli, Team Physician

Nicole Titmas, Physiotherapist

Jared Siegmund, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Women’s Eagles Saturday, March 14 Schedule

v South Africa – 1:50 p.m. ET

v Russia – 4:34 p.m. ET

v New Zealand – 6:56 p.m. ET