Brazil complete Pool C squad announcements

(IRB.COM) Friday 21 June 2013  
 
 Brazil complete Pool C squad announcements
Brazil join Fiji, Spain and USA in naming their final squad of 12 to compete in Pool C at the RWC Sevens

Brazil’s head coach Chris Neil has named his 12-player squad to travel to the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow.

Experienced campaigners such as Paula Ishibashi and Edna Santini are included and the South American champions have set up camp in Sao Paolo ahead of the competition to fine tune their final preparations.

The leading side in their region for some time, Brazil have been part of a number of high profile competitions this year, notably at the Women’s World Series events in Houston, China and Amsterdam,while also travelling to London for an international competition there.

They have enjoyed mixed results, winning the Bowl in Houston and running Australia very close in China to place eighth, but finishing bottom in Amsterdam recently and also struggling in London.

As hosts of the 2016 Olympic games, Brazil have a long-term goal in mind but will be pushing for a top eight finish and a chance to be a permanent part of the World Series next season.

Brazil: Beatriz Futuro Muhlbauer, Angélica Pereira Gevaerd, Carla Neme Barbosa, Edna Santini, Julia Albino Sardá, Juliana Esteves, Luiza Gonzalez Campos, Maria Gabriela Ávila, Mariana Ramalho, Paula Harumi Ishibashi, Tais Bernal Balconi, Thais Cruz

Spain aiming high

Spain have joined Fiji and USA in naming their final squad of 12 to compete in Pool C at the fast approaching Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow. Brazil complete the line-up in the pool.

Fresh from their fourth-placed finish at the recent European Championships in Marbella, head coach Boris Gutierrez has named a squad featuring only one change, Laura Esbri suffering an untimely knee injury on home soil.

Spain harbour high hopes at this World Cup with their minimum target being qualification as a core team on next season’s Women’s Sevens World Series. To achieve that aim they will need to finish inside the top eight.

A key player for Gutierrez is Patricia Garcia and her recovery from injury earlier in the year is a major boost in a talented and quick squad, which also includes well-known faces in Marina Bravo, Barbara Pla and Irene Schiavon.

Spain: Marina Bravo, Maria Casado, Patricia Garcia, Irene Schiavon, Marta Cabane, Elisabet Martinez, Angela Del Pan, Maria Ribera, Barbara Pla, Paula Medin, Berta Garcia, Ana Vanesa Rial

Fiji name World Cup squad

Fiji are the latest side to name their squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens.

A notable inclusion for the Fijians is former secondary schools athletics champion Suliana Gusuivalu who will be looking to show all of her power and pace in Moscow.

Guisuivalu, a talented sprinter, is the daughter of former Sevens winger Etuate 'Honda' Gusuivalu, and she will carry on a fine family sporting tradition in Russia.

The Timoci Wainiqolo-coached side will be captained by Priscilla Siata and Fiji will face Spain, Brazil and United States in a tough pool 

Fiji qualified for the World Cup through two competitive qualifying paths in Oceania and Asia and Wainiqolo has ambitious targets in Russia.

"We want to qualify for the World Series and we are going there with a top-four target," he said. 

Fiji:  Priscilla Siata (c), Siteri Savua, Asinate Savu, Tavaita Rokowati, Rusila Nagasau, Talica Vodo, Luisa Basei, Esiteri Bulikiobo, Viniana Riwai, Litia Naiqato, Elina Ratauluva and Suliana Gusuivalu.

USA unveil side

Speedsters Vanesha McGee, Victoria Folayan and Nathalie Marchino will be three of the players to watch for the USA at the upcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow.

The trio are among the quickest in the women’s game and between them have provided 26 tries and played a key role in helping the USA finish in a well-deserved fourth position in this season’s first ever IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.

USA Head Coach Ric Suggitt has had full-time access to his overall squad of women's players over the past year at a residency programme at the USA’s Olympic Training Centre in California, and he is pleased with the quality of players he has had to choose from for this World Cup.

"All of the athletes who have worked hard for the last 18 months in preparation for this are an integral part of the team. They got us to the stage we are at," he said.

USA are pooled with Brazil, Fiji and Spain in Moscow, sides who have not finished within 20 points of the Eagles over the past season, but Suggitt is taking nothing for granted.

"None of the teams will give us easy games. We’ve played them all before and we happened to end up on the right side of the scoreboard, but each team has improved and we will have to show up and work hard to get wins."

Also selected in the USA squad is Akalaini "Bui" Baravilala; the U20s star who has a breakout season and the Honolulu native will undoubtedly be one of the young players to watch in Moscow.
 
The USA squad is rounded out with the experience of Jillion Potter, Deven Owsiany, Kelly Griffin, Kim Rozier, Emilie Bydwell, Irene Gardner, Christine Ringgenberg and Kathryn "KJ" Johnson.
 
USA: Jillion Potter, Kelly Griffin, Vanesha McGee, Deven Owsiany, Kimberly Rozier, Akalaini "Bui" Baravilala, Victoria Folayan, Emilie Bydwell, Irene Gardner, Christine Ringgenberg, Nathalie Marchino, Kathryn "KJ" Johnson
 
Brazil's squad will be published here when announced