The All Americans squad is full of players who have at least a little bit of international experience.
But even those who are new to this level of rugby have jumped in with both feet.
“It’s been a really good assembly,” said co-captain Blaine Scully, who toured with the All Americans in 2009 and has played for the USA at 7s and 15s. “Playing rep side rugby, and coming together quickly as a team, is a really difficult task. You have to learn a new system and implement a game plan, and it requires everybody to be on board 100% and willing to learn.”
The players ran a 1K fitness assessment run, but haven’t done a huge amount of fitness because there’s no time. Players were expected to be fit when they showed up, and they are.
“The guys are handling the international pace well,” Scully told RUGBYMag.com. “We’ve got people coming from all sorts of programs and all sorts of different backgrounds learning a new system. In the end it’s a matter of execution, and hopefully for the guys in their first experience at this level, their training kicks in. I am really confident in the players we have.”