Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The location is home to one of five sanctioned NCAA collegiate women’s rugby programs in the country, and offers a high-performance training environment similar to those of the Women’s Rugby World Cup facilities in London.
Players and staff welcome the opportunity to live and train in a controlled setting for an extended period of time.
“Complete emersion allows the athletes to focus on specific tasks while further strengthening a positive team culture,” Women’s Head Coach Kathy Flores said. “Residency allows all members of our program to benefit from the time and resources that are necessary to compete at the pinnacle of our sport.”
The Women Eagles maintain a rigorous schedule including combinations of skills training and recovery time, video analysis, mental skills sessions, and conditioning. As part of their training, the Women had the opportunity to take on the Northeast All-Stars in a warm-up match.
The Northeast territorial squad, who hold the title of current National All-Star champions, took on the Eagles in a mutually beneficial modified match.
“Our intent of hosting match time against the Northeast was to test the athletes in a state of fatigue to ensure they are well prepared for impending challenges.” said Flores. “We can’t thank them enough for volunteering to play such a major role in a critical stage of the team’s preparation.”
Northeast head coach, Richard Ashfield, organized a number of territorial athletes to test their skills against the top players in the country. The U.S. tried a variety of player combinations in a series of four 20-minute periods resulting in a 51-0 final score line in favor of the Women’s National Team.
“We whole-heartedly welcome the opportunity to compete against the Women Eagles as the benefit provided to them leads to massive improvements in our own regional development,” said Ashfield.
Several U.S. players relished the opportunity to train at game pace among many of their territorial allies. The atmosphere was one of determination and excitement in facing talented domestic players as their last match opponents prior to international competition.
The U.S. Women’s National Team Residency Camp comes to a close on Aug 13th as they travel to London and relocate to Surrey Park Complex where they will continue to live and train in anticipation of their first match against Kazakhstan on August 20th.
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