USA vs. Australia Today!

I’m getting some hits from Edmonton … Hello!



WomenEagles posted the update on the lineups for today’s game. Jamie, Lee and Claudia have been blogging each day too. Kickoff’s at 2:30.

Plus! The web broadcasts are now available as downloads. I’m trying to get some to watch for our third half and team tomorrow!

USA Repeats England Lineup for Crucial Australia Match
9.8.06 – From USA
EDMONTON, Alberta – USA head coach Kathy Flores has named virtually the same lineup for Friday’s crucial match with Australia that she did against England on August 31. Flores said the team underperformed in their victory over Ireland despite earning a bonus point by scoring four tries.

“I still feel we need to play with more of the confidence I know we can,” said Flores. “We need to defend much better than we did against Ireland if we are to contain a young and very aggressive Australia team.”

The only changes from the team that lost 18-0 to England in the World Cup opener are in the front row. Seattle’s Danielle Miller remains at hooker following a strong performance in the Ireland game where she scored a try and was part of an improved lineout effort. Carrie Dubray (Roselle, N.J.) will be a prop substitute in favor of New York’s Annie Collier, and hooker Mari Wallace (San Francisco, Calif.) moves to the bench.

Miller will be joined in the front row by Jamie Burke (Oakland, Calif.) and Meredith Ottens (Austin, Texas). Veteran Ottens starts her third-straight World Cup match. Erin Carter (San Francisco, Calif.) and Jen Course (Oakland, Calif.) form the lock paring, with Crouse captaining the USA once again.

Flores returns a very quick, ball-hungry back row with New York’s Phaidra Knight, who scored two tries against Ireland, at blindside, Minnesotas Kristin Zdanczewicz, who recovered from an ankle injury, at openside, and hard-running Tina Nesburg (San Francisco, Calif.) at No. 8.

Flores said she has not yet seen the best from her backline, and that she expects them to make better use of solid possession against the Australians. Claudia Braymer (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Heather Hale (Atlanta, Ga.) form the halfback pairing, while Pam Kosanke (Chicago, Ill.) and Keenya Warner (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.) are in the centers. Laura Cabrera (Oakland, Calif.) and Ellie Karvoski (Little Rock, Ark.) return at wing, while California’s Ashley English starting once again at fullback.

The USA last played Australia in the 2002 World Cup, losing 17-5. Crouse and Hale were the only players in that game, also in tomorrow’s starting 15. The two teams also faced off in 1997, with the Eagles winning 28-24.

“We have been training hard for this game,” said Flores. “We know Australia really has nothing to lose. We will have to hold onto the ball better than we did in our last game and clean up some of our play to win.”

A win with four tries will give the USA 10 points in the World Cup standings and a solid chance at a semifinal place. Failure to earn the bonus point, or a loss or tie, would have them playing for fifth.

1. Jamie Burke
2. Danielle Miller
3. Meredith Ottens
4. Erin Carter
5. Jen Crouse (c)
6. Phaidra Knight
7. Kristin Zdanczewicz
8. Tina Nesburg
9. Claudia Braymer
10. Heather Hale
11. Ellie Karvoski
12. Pam Kosanke
13. Keenya Warner
14. Laura Cabrera
15. Ashley English

16. Carrie Dubray
17. Mari Wallace
18. Kelly McMahon
19. Kate Cox
20. Lee Knight
21. Kristin Baja
22. Patty Jervey

1. Lindsay Morgan
2. Silei Poluleuligaga
3. Vanessa Bradley
4. Alicia Frost
5. Chris Ross
6. Kate Porter
7. Selena Worsley (C)
8. Tasileta Bethell
9. Cheryl Soon
10. Rachelle Pirie
11. Tricia Brown
12. Ruan Sims
13. Lisa Fiaola
14. Lito Fata
15. Tobie McGann

16. Louise Burrows
17. Alexandra Hargreaves
18. Paige Butcher
19. Kim Wilson
20. Kelli Donnelly
21. Rebecca Anderson
22. Niseva Batibasaga



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2 responses to “USA vs. Australia Today!

  1. Eau Claire Women's Rugby Club

    Hey Blondie!
    Thanks for the encouragement…It should be a great game. Since you seem to be in the know on so many rugby insides, do you know where those USA fans got the “I heart Rugby” shirts? If you look at the gallery at Womeneagles there are some fans with those awesome shirts. I need one. Bad. Any ideas?

  2. John Birch

    Shirts sound like items from Tackle Girls.

    After Friday I see you now have to play Australia again tomorrow. Who came up with this mad design for a competition?

    From over here I find it interestng that the USA have take part in the two lowest scoring games (and three of the lowest five). My reading is that you have a terrific set of forwards and excellent defence… but are a little wanting in the backs. Would that be right?

    Also you were victims of an unlucky draw. I suspect that if you’d have had France instead of England you’d be in the semi-finals now.

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