COMMENTARY: USA WOMEN vs FRANCE – 2016 TEST 1

The United States traveled to France for the first time since 2012 to face the 2016 Six Nations Champions – with Tests on November 22 and 25. France lead the head-to-head against the USA Eagles with 6 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, and currently ranked 4th in the world. The USA hosted France in Utah earlier in 2016 for the Super Series – with the visitors winning a close one 19-13.

Stade de le Méditerranée was the venue for the first Test in Beziers – with The Rugby Channel doing a remote broadcast from Los Angeles. Ray Viers and myself were the commentators – with these overseas broadcasts starting last month during the America’s Pacific Challenge featuring the USA Selects, Canada ‘A’, Argentina XV, Uruguay ‘A’, Fiji Warriors and Samoa ‘A’. Before last month, I had only ever done one remote broadcast in my life, which was back in 2012 for Universal Sports Network – ironically USA Women vs France. In an ideal world it’s best to be at the match so that one can see the full field, talk to the coaching staff, players and also soak in the atmosphere. But I will say the travel certainly adds up – not to mention the cost for the production team – so these remote broadcasts are a superb idea and given the advanced technology it definitely makes sense! The USA vs France second Test will be my 7th remote broadcast – and loving being involved in these.

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The USA struck back through Hope Rogers – who captained the Eagles at 23 years of age – and is one of the most exciting prospects for the National team. Rogers was part of the WPL Championship San Diego Surfers who carved up the 2016 final against the defending Champions, the Glendale Raptors. Relive the magical final here.

France were too powerful around the field – setting up 6 excellent tries – and proved why they came 3rd at RWC 2014. The USA Eagles put some fantastic phases together and were unlucky on a few occasions not to cross the tryline to make the scoreline more presentable. Standouts for me during this clash were Rogers, Alycia Washington and Kate Zachary in the forwards – while Jenny Lui, Sylvia Braaten and debutant Alev Kelter were excellent. Read the USA Rugby match report.

The USA has a quick turn-around and face France (who have a 31 player squad) in Montpellier on Friday, November 25th at 3PM EST LIVE on The Rugby Channel with Katie Wurst and myself on the commentary. Click here to watch!

Women’s Eagles | v. France
1. Sarah Chobot
2. Katy Augustyn
3. Hope Rogers (C)
4. Alycia Washington
5. Jordan Gray
6. Christiane Pheil
7. Kate Zackary
8. Kate Daley
9. Jennifer Lui
10. Kimber Rozier
11. Kelsi Stockert
12. Sylvia Braaten
13. Alev Kelter
14. Tess Feury
15. Jessica Wooden

Women’s Eagles | Reserves
16. Samantha Pankey
17. Catherine Benson
18. Tiffany Faaee
19. Abby Gustaitis
20. Elizabeth Cairns
21. Joanne Fa’avesi
22. Naya Tapper
23. Megan Foster

France | v. USA
1. Annëlle Dessayes
2. Agathe Sochat
3. Julie Dubal
4. Lenaig Corson
5. Audrey Forlani
6. Marion Peyronnet
7. Laetitia Grand
8. Romane Menager
9. Pauline Bourdon
10. Audrey Abadie
11. Marine Menager
12. Lucille Godiveau
13. Caroline Ladagnous
14. Elodie Guiglion
15. Laurianne Lissar

France | Reserves
16. Carline Thomas
17. Lise Arricastre
18. Manon Andre
19. Safi N’Diaye
20. Yanna Rivoalen
21. Elodie Poublan
22. Christelle Le Duff
23. Laure Touye

Women’s Eagles | 10
Tries: Rogers
Conversions: Rozier
Penalties: Rozier

France | 36
Tries: Sochat, Ladagnous (2), Dessayes, R. Menager, Rivoalen
Conversions: Abadie (3)
Discipline: Touye (Yellow)

Women’s Eagles | November Tour
v. France – L 36-10
v. France – Friday, Nov. 25 @ 3 p.m. ET – Altrad Stadium