Tessa Hann goes to the next level: Joins USA Women’s Rugby


Tessa Hann vs Life University, Photo by Jacob Thompson Thompson Sports Media

Tre'Jon Henderson, Staff Reporter

CWU loose forward Tessa Hann is hitting the field for USA Women’s Rugby. Hann spent four years playing rugby for CWU and has a chance to extend her playing career at the professional level. 

“Tessa has earned every bit of this opportunity and I could not be prouder of her,” CWU women’s rugby Head Coach Matthew Ramirez said. “She has had an incredible season and continues to grow as a leader every day.”

The USA Women’s Rugby Falcons team consists of players aged 18-23 identified through USA Rugby Talent ID, National Development Programs and fifteens and sevens competitions and camps.

The USA Women’s Falcons have served as a development squad for USA 7’s, with many members going on to become members of the USA Rugby Eagles.

“It was a wonderful experience; it was the first time I have been selected to a team and knew everyone,” Hann said. “But it was different because we did not train together, we just showed up and played.” 

Hann has become one of the most decorated women’s rugby players in the country. Hann has been named player of the week on multiple occasions throughout the season.

Hann also found herself in games where she scored multiple times, landing her top in the country in tries scored.

“She is just a fearless leader, she comes to work every day just wanting to get better,” fly half Kai Templeton said. “She just has the same big smile on her face every day. It’s contagious and the team needs it.”

Hann was also selected to the USA 23s team alongside fellow teammate Keia Mae Sagapolu, where the ladies will head to South America to compete in June.

“Both Tessa and Mae have put together an outstanding season this year and have been tremendous leaders for their teammates to look up to,” Ramirez said. “It’s fantastic to see them get the recognition for their efforts. They have put so much work in to deserve this, no doubt they will shine.”

Sagapolu, the MA Sorenson Award winner, will stand beside Hann as they attempt to bring home gold for the U.S Women’s Rugby team.

“You dream of stuff like this and when it comes true, you still don’t know if you’re dreaming,” Sagapolu said. “It just feels good to know all our hard work is paying off and I know Tessa is going to kill it at nationals.”

Hann looking to set her defender up with the fake, Photo by Jacob Thompson