Lotte Clapp named in USA World Cup Squad
Club captain Lotte Clapp has today been named in the USA squad, ahead of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Clapp skippered Saracens Women to a third Premier15s title last season and now has her sights set on World Cup glory with the USA.
Having previously won ten caps for England, Clapp switched allegiance to the USA in March, making her full international debut in the recent Pacific Four series. She has played 126 times for Saracens and will be embarking on her tenth season with the club once she returns from World Cup action.
Clapp will be joined in the squad by former teammates Carly Waters and Alev Kelter. In total, 19 of the 32 players selected by USA Head Coach Rob Cain ply their trade in the Premier 15s, highlighting the importance of the league on the global stage.
As part of an incredibly talented group at Saracens, Clapp’s cool head as a captain has been integral to the continued development of the club. With an eye for the try line too, she is a crucial cog in Alex Austerberry’s backline.
Clapp will be embarking on her first World Cup and will be preparing herself to take on Italy and Japan, as well as North American rivals Canada in Pool B. The clash with the Canadians could well determine who makes the semi-finals. Clapp is poised to come up against teammates Alysha Corrigan and Alex Ellis in that fixture, as the USA look to improve on a fourth place finish in 2017.