The USA Women’s Under 20’s have recently returned from their tour to England where they played the hosts, England, and Canada.
In the first match with England, USA managed to hold an English team, many of which play in their elite senior women’s league, to 22-0 at half time. The pressure mounted in the second half with England taking a 60-0 victory. Commenting on the game, Craig saw the positives, “despite the one-sided score line, the game was extremely physical and we made England work for their points. I am so proud of how the players stuck at it and never gave in. Our players have simply never experienced such relentless pressure. The challenge for us now is to replicate that intensity in our environments back in the US.”
The second match was against an extremely physical Canadian side, who took the victory 24-7. “This was a really, really tough game. Defensively, we did our homework and stunted Canada’s abrasive attack. We created many scoring opportunities in attack but our precision was off with points beckoning. Overall, this tour has been invaluable to our development. It’s highlighted that the college game is producing rugby players that can compete internationally. The next step is creating more intense environments domestically to ensure the next crop of USA players are prepared for international rugby.”
Coach Craig returns to Yale, where preparation for the fall season will begin.