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Black Ferns opponents United States reveal squad for #WRWC2014

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irb.com     10 Jul 2014     Getty Images

The squad contains a number of players with Women's Rugby World Cup experience, including Sharon Blaney, Stacey Bridges (reserve), Jamie Burke, Emilie Bydwell, Lynelle Kugler, Nathalie Marchino, Vanesha McGee, Naima Reddick, Hannah Stolba, and Kittery Wagner.

Winger McGee will head to France full of confidence after scoring all her side's tries on tour. Kate Daley and Shaina Turley, who shared the leadership duties in the matches against England and Wales, can look forward to their first WRWC.

Burke, who also played in WRWC 2006, will look to extend her cap total as the most-capped Eagle. The prop earned her 46th career cap in the friendly against England on Sunday.

“It is really exciting to go back to Paris,” said number 8 Daley. “Especially because it will be for the World Cup.”

Additionally, four players will accompany the team to Paris as reserves.

“It has taken three years to get to this point and I am very excited about the squad,” said head coach Pete Steinberg about his squad selection. “A lot of work has been put in to get us to where we are now.

“With only 26 players and five games in just over two weeks, the ability to play multiple positions was a factor in the selections.”

The representing players will now attempt to overcome a tough pool draw to accomplish the team motto: “Final in ‘14” – a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 1994.

“We have an extremely tough pool,” Steinberg said. “We have Ireland and New Zealand, who could both claim to be a top team along with ourselves. However, we are excited for the challenge.”

USA: Sadie Anderson (Fort Collins, Colorado), Kathryn Augustyn (Antigo, Wisconsin), Akalaini "Bui" Baravilala (Honolulu, Hawaii), Meya Bizer (Woodlands, Texas), Sharon Blaney (Braintree, Massachusetts, Sylvia Braaten (Waterford, Wisconsin), Jamie Burke (Chesapeake, Vancouver), Emilie Bydwell (Montreal, Quebec), Sarah Chobot (Mendon, Michagan), Kate Daley (Mishawaka, Indiana), Lauren Daly (Boulder, Colorado), Carmen Farmer (Richmond, Virginia), Lynelle Kugler (New Raymer, Colorado), Nathalie Marchino (Geneva, Switzerland), Vanesha McGee (Ewing, New Jersey), Deven Owsiany (Royersford, Pa.), Jillion Potter (Denver, Colorado), Naima Reddick (El Cerrito, California), Hope Rogers (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania), Kimberly Rozier (Raleigh, North Carolina), Hannah Stolba (Missoula, Montana), Jocelyn Tseng (Palo Alto, California), Shaina Turley (Fox Lake, Illinois), Kittery Wagner (Fort Collins, Colorado), Sarah Walsh (Baltimore, Maryland), Sarah Wilson (Westerville, Ohio)