HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University women's rugby sophomore Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.) and incoming freshman Maggie Myles (Emmitsburg, Md.) are competing for USA in the U20 Nation's Cup in Nottingham, England. Kosko and Myles were selected by the USA Rugby AIG Women's Junior All-Americans and started training with the squad last month.
USA - 2013 Nation's Cup Results
|Date||Opponent||Time / Result||Match Notes|
|July 11, 2013||Canada||L, 15-5 - Recap|
|July 14, 2013||South Africa||W, 44-5 - Recap|
|July 17, 2013||England||W, 27-17 - Recap||Natalie Kosko & Maggie Myles each post one try|
|July 21, 2013||Finals - Canada||L, 27-3 - Recap||Follow @aarugby on Twitter|
Kosko was the driving force behind Quinnipiac's success this past season, a campaign that saw a third place finish in the USA Rugby Emirates Airlines Collegiate National Tournament. Kosko led the Bobcats with 155 points on 31 tries in 2012-13, seven of them coming in the playoffs. In the consolation game, Kosko posted 20 points on four tries in the 22-20 victory over Buffalo.
"Natalie's presence on the international stage is inevitable as she expands her experience in the game," said third-year head coach Becky Carlson. "She continues to receive invitations from camps, select sides and all-star teams for both 15's and 7's. QU Rugby and the University are immensely proud of her continued accomplishments and are looking forward to watching her career blossom."
In addition to Kosko, incoming Quinnipiac freshman Maggie Myles (Emmitsburg, Md.) also found her name on the 2013 roster. The WJAAs are composed of female rugby players aged 17-20 who compete internationally against U20 teams from other countries. It is the first international experience for female rugby players in the USA Rugby Development Pathway.
The goal of the program is to identify the future Women's National Team World Cup and Sevens Olympic players and start their development process. The players' experience at the WJAA level will help them succeed with the senior teams as they learn how to handle the pressure and pace of international matches.
The 2013 U20 Nations Cup will be held in Nottingham, England, at Trent College. The Final will be held on Sunday, July 21, with the third place match at 9:00 A.M. ET and the championship match at 12:00 P.M. ET.
The 2011 U20 Nations Cup, held in Santa Barbara, Calif., finished with England on top, the WJAAs placing second, and Canada taking third place. South Africa finished in fourth.
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