The Girls High School All-Americans (GHSAA) Powered By Atavus program has crossed the pond to France to embark on their second international sevens tour of the year. After success in Vancouver in March, going undefeated in an international tournament held alongside the HSBC Sevens Series stop in Canada, the All-Americans look forward to another competitive, yet even bigger, event.
"We are extremely excited for the opportunity to have these athletes compete in a full international competition at such a young age. It gives us the opportunity to prepare them for the World Series and other major 7s events. We want to make sure that we support their development and accelerate their growth as the next generation of Olympic hopefuls." - Emilie Bydwell
Rugby Europe is hosting 16 U18 national squads from all over the world, including USA:
Pool A: England, Italy, Ukraine, Romagnat
Pool B: Spain, Wales, Sweden, Andorra
Pool C: Germany, Ireland, Russia, USA
Pool D: Portugal, Netherlands, France, Canada
The GHSAA roster of 12 boasts a skillful range of international experience and All-American veterans that is ready to impress led by coaches Farrah Douglas and Emilie Bydwell.
Girls’ High School All-American 7s
European 7s U18 Championship
Sui A’au | Grant, Oregon
Cassidy Bargell | Summit, Colorado
Kayla Canett | Fallbrook, California
Lilly Durbin | Fallbrook, California
Kathleen Gearhart | Penn, Indiana
Renee Gonzalez | Armstrong, Minnesota
Lolohea Makaafi | Kent, Washington
Daisy Manoa | Danville, California
Julia Riekena | Missoula, Montana
Alex Sedrick | Herriman, Utah
Kat Stowers | Provo, Utah
Nia Toliver | Los Angeles, California
Unavailable due to injury:
Mata Hingano | Danville, California
Charity Tenney | Orem, Utah
The USA will kick off their tour against Germany, with matches versus Ireland and Russia to follow on day one.
The match times have not been released yet but when they are, you can find them here: http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/group-310.htm.
Matches from the entire tournament will be live streamed and you can tune in using the links below:
Day 1: http://atavus.co/Euro7sDay1
Day 2: http://atavus.co/Euro7sDay2