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Heavirland Suits Up for Team USA Rugby

Rosters are being ironed out leading up to the Rugby World Cup in Ireland in August

Whitefish’s Nicole Heavirland suited up for Team USA last weekend in a match at the Can-Am women’s rugby series in California.

Canada secured the victory over the U.S. women’s team, named the Eagles, but Heavirland’s promotion was particularly noteworthy as rosters are being ironed out leading up to the Rugby World Cup in Ireland in August.

The 22-year-old, who assisted on a try for Team USA in the April 1 match, is one of the rising stars in the sport. She has been a member of the USA Women’s National Rugby Team for more than one year and last year was named a traveling reserve for Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Rio.

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