The Collegiate All Americans arrived in Ireland Tuesday and didn’t waste a lot of time getting to work. After driving to their hotel near the Malahide Rugby Club grounds, the players got a late lunch (chicken and rice), and checked into their rooms (and got their assigned rommated).
“It was a long travel day and most of us got no sleep,” said scrumhalf Christopher Saint of Penn State. “After eating we were pretty tried, so it was good to get right into training.”
That woke the guys up quickly, and Head Coach Matt Sherman got the players into contact immediately, as the coaching staff tried to work on rucking and body position.
“I think it went really well,” said Saint.
The players got out of that relatively unscathed, although center Zac Mizell of Arkansas State had to get some stitches over his eye thanks to contact with the head of his brother, Arkansas State prop Jake.
That brotherly love aside, the players are healthy, and after dinner just tried to stay awak as long as possible so they could eliminate the jet lag quickly.
Collegiate All Americans Start their 2012 Tour
Photos from the USA's Collegiate All Americans rugby team arriving in Ireland and training at the Malahide Rugby Club.
The team's hotel at Malahide. Photo courtesy of Irish Rugby Tours.
Head Coach Matt Sherman, left, and assistant coach Matt Huckaby, center, who toured Ireland with the All Americans in 2001. Assistant coach Luke Gross, right, had been a pro for five seasons by then. Photo courtesy of Irish Rugby Tours.
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