More from McCoy on Hong Kong 7s Women’s Team

USA Rugby’s new headline with more information on the squad:

3-8-2006 – Hong Kong Women’s Sevens Squad Named
BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby Women’s Sevens National Team Head Coach Julie McCoy has named her squad that will assemble for the Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Sevens, March 31-April 1.

The team includes six players that were part of a U.S. team that beat Canada 5-0 to win the inaugural LA Women’s Sevens last month, including Laura Cabrera (Berkeley All-Blues), Teena Mastrangelo (Chicago North Shore), Daniela Mogro (New York RC), Alison Price (New York RC), Jo Ward (Beantown) and Christy Ringgenberg (Minnesota Valkyries).

Making their 2006 Sevens debuts will be Dana Creager (NOVA), Tina Nesburg (Berkeley All-Blues), Linelle Kugler (Denver Harlequin Old Girls) and Pam Kosanke (Chicago North Shore). The four replace Sarah Chobott (calf injury), Tyshawn Henry (alternate), Kate Turpin (broken foot) and Courtney Warner (broken arm).

The team will assemble March 25 in San Francisco before departing for Hong Kong. They will have up to three practice days before pool and quarterfinals play Friday, March 31. The semifinals, and Plate, Bowl and Shield finals will follow on Saturday, April 1. The Cup final will be also be played Saturday, in Hong Kong Stadium, as part of the sold-out Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens.

The expanded women’s field includes 12 teams in four pools, with the United States sitting as the top seed in Pool C, alongside Guam and Thailand.

“We had a great camp and I’m feeling pretty confident in this team’s rugby skills and the international experience in both 7s and 15s that we will have at every position, which takes the pressure off me,” said McCoy. “They can coach themselves and be resourceful on the field and we can make any necessary adjustments at halftime.”

The team closed out camp with a chalk-talk session with former football coach Barry Switzer who coached three University of Oklahoma football teams to national titles and the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl win in 1995.

A professional colleague of McCoy’s, Switzer gave a “How To Win The Big One” motivational pep talk to a team “half young enough to not recognize his name and the other half who asked for autographs and photos” with the coaching legend laughed McCoy.

UNITED STATES: Laura Cabrera, Oakland, Calif. (Berkeley All-Blues); Dana Creager, Washington D.C. (NOVA); Tina Nesburg, San Francisco, Calif. (Berkeley All-Blues); Linelle Kugler, Denver, Colo. (Harlequin Old Girls); Teena Mastrangelo, Chicago, Ill. (Chicago North Shore); Daniela Mogro, Rego Park, N.Y. (New York RC); Alison Price, Rego Park, N.Y. (New York RC); Pam Kosanke, Chicago, Ill. (Chicago North Shore); Jo Ward, Albany N.Y. (Beantown); *Christy Ringgenberg, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Valkyries).

MANAGEMENT: Head Coach, Julie McCoy; Assistant Coach, Chris Ryan; Assistant Coach, Mark Santiago; Manager, Sadeana Green; Physiotherapist, Beet McKinnon

Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Women’s Sevens
March 31-April 1, Hong Kong Football Club, Happy Valley
April 1, Cup Final, Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po
Pool A: New Zealand, China, Japan
Pool B: Australia, Singapore, Sri Lanka
Pool C: United States, Guam, Thailand
Pool D: Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Hong Kong

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