Thursday, June 28, 2007


The purpose of this blog is to record my experience as a player on the U23 Women's National Rugby Team tour of New Zealand. It will contain my musings on the adventure, some photos/links to albums of the tour, results of the matches that we play, and general fun rugby things (maybe videos if I figure that out).

The idea came to me as a way to show the people who have donated money to USA rugby for our team a glimpse of what their money is going toward and how much their contribution is changing my life (and likely my teammates' lives) for the better by enabling us to play high levels of competition in New Zealand.

2007 NEW ZEALAND TOUR PARTICIPANTS (via Saturday's a Rugby Day):

Ahrendt, Kirsten
Benlian, Amber
Berg, Libby
Boone, Phoebe
Bydwell, Emilie
Daley, Kate
Drey, Kassie
Forestal, Sydney
Goodman-Levy, Dani
Griffin, Kelly
Hughes, Brea
Kohanski, Tess
Lear, Kristy
McBride, Tara
McCarthy, Schmarrah
McCormick, Kati
McCoy, Tiffany
McGee, Vanesha
Potter, Jillion
Reddick, Naima
Schlarb, Elaine
Smit, Melissa
Travers, Jess
Tseng, Jossy
Tunney, Emily
Turley, Shaina
Vargas, Krissy
Villa, Sheri
Wilson, Sarah


Ansel, Tonya
Black, Katy
Crapster-Pregont, Meg
Duggan, Jillian
Mathews, Kara
Volen, Alexis
Worman, Alison

I've personally played with or against many of these players in the past 6 months and the level of talent and athleticism on this team is exceptional. It will be exciting to see how our team dynamic unfolds during the tour. We will be in New Zealand from July 21st to August 5th and will be training and playing matches in Christchurch, Palmerston North and Auckland.