Cast

Jamie Burke Burke began playing rugby at the University of Virginia. After graduating, she played with D.C. Furies, Berkeley All Blues, Beantown, Raleigh Venom and Glendale Raptors. Jamie made her Women’s Eagles debut in 2004 (her first cap) against New Zealand and captained the national team at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2010.  Burke played at the international level for a decade. Playing in 3 World Cups and 51 matches as an Eagle. She is the most-capped women’s player in the US, surpassing Eagle great Patty Jervey.

Tannia Lau Tannia’s eight year rugby career spanned college and club play which took her to Spain and landed her in San Francisco. While playing for the Women’s Premiere League team, the Berkeley All Blues ,  a side tackle tore her MCL and ACL. Not only was her knee shattered, so were her olympic hopeful dreams. Tannia still participates in the rugby community while she is in graduate school pursuing her Ph.D at UC Santa Cruz.

Akilaini “Bui” Baravilala Bui played basketball and volleyball at Radford High School in Honolulu and comes from a rugby playing family. She began her residency program at the Olympic Training Center with the USA Women’s Eagles Sevens team in 2012. In 2014 she made the World Cup Squad to go to Paris. Bui then helped the U.S. qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games at the 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships. In July 2016, she was selected to the 12-player Team USA squad for Rugby Sevens’ Olympic debut and played in her first olympics at the Rio 2016 Summer Games where the USA Women’s finished fifth in the first Olympic rugby sevens competition against France.

Naima Reddick Reddick began playing rugby at Piedmont High School before playing for five years at Chico State University. Her 16-year career has seen the prop represent Northern United in Wellington, New Zealand, Berkeley All Blues, Nor Cal Triple Threat, San Francisco Golden Gate, and currently Seattle Saracens. Naima also played on the USA Women’s Eagles squad for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

Deven Owsiany Deven played basketball, soccer and ran track until finding rugby her sophomore year at Pennsylvania State University.  She was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Nittany Lions’ 2010 Division I Championship team and as a first-team Collegiate All-American in 2010 and 2011. Deven was one of the original seven full-time residents at the Olympic Training Center with the Women’s Eagles Sevens, captained the squad in 2012, and won bronze at IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Deven also played on the USA Women’s Eagles squad for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, and currently plays for the San Diego Surfers.

Phoebe Boone Boone became exposed to rugby when she was still in high school. She  attended her sister’s practice at Boston college and fell in love with the sport. She began playing at the University of California, Santa Barbara and continued playing after college for the Women’s Premiere League team, the Berkeley All Blues.

Sarah Chobot Chobot played basketball and softball and ran track in high school. In 2001 she started playing rugby and was a three-time All-American for the Chippewas. Sarah first played for the USA with the U23 national team for a year before going on four tours with the Women’s Eagles Sevens. Chobot has played for Minnesota Valkyries, North Shore, and NOVA. Sarah scored two tries against Canada at IRB Nations Cup 2013 and the match-winning try in the Eagles’ first of three matches against France in California in the summer of 2013. In 2015 Sarah captained the Women’s Eagles against England during the Women’s Rugby Super Series in their first game since the 2014 World Cup and continues to play for Glendale Marlins.

Nathalie “Nat” Marchino Nat played basketball in Switzerland before moving to the United States, continuing her career at Siena College. She represented the Eagles at the 2010 and 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.  Nat was also a member of the Women’s Eagles Sevens during their bronze-medal campaign at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens. During the 2014 World Cup Nat worked on the road for Twitter, and was the social media guru for the team, and now works for LinkedIn. Due to different eligibility rules between World Rugby and the International Olympic Committee she was not eligible to play for USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics, and instead played for Colombia’s Women’s Sevens team.

Katy “Kit Kat” Augustyn Kit Kat was an ice hockey goaltender for the Northeastern Huskies from 2002 to 2006 before picking up a rugby ball in her last year of college. She has played for the Boston Women’s Rugby Club, Beantown, and currently plays for the Berkeley All Blues. Kit Kat also played on the USA Women’s Eagles squad for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

Erica Cavanaugh After running track and playing soccer in middle and high school Cavanaugh began playing rugby her first year of college at UVA after meeting other members of the team. She played for the U20’s National team in 2009 and was a Collegiate All-American. After touring with the USA Eagles Sevens team in 2012 Cavanaugh earned her 1st cap the the USA 15’s Eagles in 2013 against France and played in the 2013 Nations Cup. After competing in the USA Eagles Player Pool for the 2014 World Cup Cavanaugh gives back to rugby as an Assitant Coach for the UVA Women’s team and currently plays for NOVA.

Sarah Walsh Walsh was an All-American basketball player at Colby College and played professional basketball in the Netherlands. She began playing rugby once her basketball career was done. Walsh was a member of the Women’s Division I National Champions North Shore in 2011, and the Women’s Premier League Champions Berkeley All Blues in 2013. Walsh’s first cap with the Women’s Eagles was in 2008 against England.

Vanesha McGee Vanesha McGee is a 13 year rugby veteran who represented the United States on an international stage. She began her rugby career in 2002 at Temple University, went on to play for regional and national development teams and earned her first USA cap in 2007. McGee played wing for the USA over a period of 7 years, representing in 3 World Cups (2010, 2013, 2014) for both 7s and 15s. McGee captained the 2013 USA 7s World Cup Team to a Bronze medal finish, playing prop and wing for the Eagles. McGee retired from the game after the 2014 World Cup in France. She now works as a writer and education consultant.

Emily VanGulik VanGulik began playing rugby at Claremont Colleges as “something different to do” after the basketball season was over. After college Van Gulik moved to play with the Women’s Premiere League team, the Berkeley All Blues. She has continued to play at the elite club level and currently plays for BC Rugby.