PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW USA’S NICOLE HEAVIRLAND
May 19, 2017
Name: Nicole Heavirland
Birthday: Feb. 25, 1995
Hometown: Whitefish, Montana
Started playing rugby at: 15
Favourite Quote: “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” – Albert Einstein
Twitter Handle: @NicHeavirland
At 22 years of age, Nicole Heavirland has a bright future with the USA Eagles Women’s Sevens team. She began playing rugby at 15, instantly having an impact on her high-school team. She continued to succeed at every level, garnering national attention. An aggressive player and strong runner, Heavirland caught the eye of USA Head Coach Richie Walker and earned her debut with the Eagles during the 2015-16 Series. Although she didn’t play during the Olympics, she was able to travel with the team as a reserve, gaining valuable experience. On her time with the squad so far, she says “I’m here to learn and to play and to give it my all.” Expect Heavirland to have an impact on the sport going forward as North American rugby continues to rise.
Seven Questions With Nicole Heavirland
1. What was was the best thing about playing a tournament in Las Vegas?
When my parents brought me grilled salmon, sweet potatoes, and Brussel sprouts from Whole Foods after day one of games.
2. WHAT IS YOUR PRE-MATCH RITUAL/ROUTINE?
Writing out my perfect ice cream sundae that I want after the tournament.
3. Favorite sports moment?
Every time the national anthem plays before a game.
4. FAVOURITE THING ABOUT CANADA?
That I can buy Voltaren over the counter
5. HOW WOULD YOU SPEND SATURDAY IF YOU WEREN’T PLAYING RUGBY?
Finding a new coffee shop, biking in sunny San Diego, going to the farmers market
6. WHO IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE ATHLETE?
7. OUTSIDE OF RUGBY WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SPORT OR ACTIVITY?
Fly-fishing, cooking, and wake surfing
Don’t miss seeing Nicole Heavirland and the entire USA Eagles team when they hit the pitch on May 27/28 in Langford, BC. Limited sections are available.