After most of a week in sun and not a little humidity, the USA rugby team saw the humidity break and dump clubs full of rain on the players Thursday.
Rain, and thunder and lightning at times are the expectation for the next several days.
“We’ve had some different conditions weather-wise,” said USA captain Todd Clever. “It was real hot, real humid, and today the rain came down quite hard. But it’s OK, we’re been training to perform in any conditions. No matter what we’re prepared.”
USA Head Coach Mike Tolkin said he’s prefer a dry track, but also added that he didn’t think a wet field at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, SC would help Canada more.
“Dry conditions would be better, but we can handle it,” said the coach. “Hopefully we won’t see the rain in the evening, but there is a chance.”
Tolkin is expected to put in a few surprises in his lineup to take on Canada, saying it’s all, now, about how players have applied themselves.
“Intensity and intent are what we’re looking for,” he said. “We want to play the way we know we’re capable of playing. We want to come out of the game hard, execute, play smart, and play with discipline. We want to stay focused and work with the referee. We as a coaching staff have been looking for that this week. I think the guys have worked hard and come into this camp with the right frame of mind. With the results from June, they are motivated to do better. We’ve been talking about it all for so long, I think we’re happy the day is almost here.”
Now the Eagles just want to rain on Canada’s visit to the USA.