CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former Harvard women's rugby and soccer player Cheta Emba '15 has been selected to represent the United States women's rugby team in the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup, as announced on Tuesday. The 12-nation event is set for Aug. 9-26 in Ireland.
The Eagles will match up against reigning champion England, Italy and Spain in Pool B at University College Dublin, beginning Aug. 9-17 prior to knockout matches Aug. 22 and 26 in Belfast.
Emba is one of the 28 American players traveling to Ireland for next month's world cup. Qualifying to the world cup won't be her first time with the national team, as she played for the women's national 15s at the Super Series in summer 2016. Additionally, Emba was selected to represent the United States at RIO 2016 Olympic Games as a travel reserve.
During her time at Harvard, Emba was part of the first ever Harvard women's rugby team in season 2013-14. Her senior year in 2014-15 saw Emba being selected to play alongside the Eagles in the women's Super-Series in Canada. She also starred as a goalkeeper on the women's soccer team for four years, helping the team clinch the Ivy League title in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Emba was named to the All-Ivy second team in 2013, and a year later, she secured the net in 10 games for Harvard, posting a 0.86 GAA and a .784 save percentage.