Andrew Suniula joined the USA camp Friday, and he will reunited with his brother Roland on the 15s Eagles (the youngest Suniula, Shalom, is of course with the USA 7s team).
“It’s good to see Roland back in the picture,” said Andrew. “It will be interesting to see how he fits in. The key thing is for everyone to be on the same page, and we won’t be starting from scratch as we have in the past.”
With Paul Emerick’s retirement official, and with Adam Siddall and James Paterson not able to be in camp, Head Coach Mike Tolkin is hiring at outside center. Certainly Andrew Suniula looks to be the #1 choice at #12, but at #13 it might well be Seamus Kelly, or it might be Roland Suniula.
For Andrew, he’s happy to see Roland in camp, but it also worrying about himself, and the team as a whole.
“I am feeling good and am looking forward to us training as a team again,” he said. “With all the young players coming in I have taken more of a leadership role. I think with younger guys in the backline and Toby still finding his feet at flyhalf, I think I need to be in that role. I think, in the heat of the moment I can be a settling voice.”
Interestingly, Suniula has seen his play improve over the last 12 months, becoming more of a beast with the ball in hand.
“The key for me and for us as a team is getting us some go-forward’ it’s the way we like to play, but [during June]for some reason we didn’t get that,” Suniula told RUGBYMag.com. “We know how we can play. In 1st half against Japan we had that go-forward ball and we scored. We have our big forwards get us going, I try to get us past the gain line, and then we capitalize our wide. The longer we hold onto the ball the more dangerous we become.”