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All Americans Work on Unity

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All Americans Work on Unity

There's a lot of work to be done for the All Americans as they prepare to face Cambridge Saturday at Dartmouth College.

While Cambridge may have just touhed down in Boston Thursday, they are familiar with each other, while the American collegiate side is a disparate group getting to know each other. Head Coach Matt Sherman has picked a team from all over the USA.

Interesting is the choice of James Poli, the Kansas City native from Lindenwood who showed he is as physical and dangerous at inside center as anyone. He partners with a shifty, exciting Kingsley McGowan. Niku Kruger is a snappy scrumhalf who partners with Kalei Konrad, who seemed to quietly go about his business at San Diego State.

While Kruger was helping Kutztown to an appearance at the CRC final in 7s, Konrad was in Aockland, NZ, working at the Auckland Rugby Academy. He got to work with former (and perhaps future) All Black Dan Carter, and had position-specific training with Auckland ITM Head Coach Paul Feeney. He also trained with the Auckland ITM team and played for the North Shore club.

That's just an example of the kinds of things some of these players are doing to raise their game.

Also of note, the All American wings are former school teammates - Madison Hughes and Seb Sharpe went to school in England together. 

The players all need to get to know each other. Cooper Maloney said as much when he told Goff Rugby Report that the players have been concentrating on learning each other's style, and getting to now them as people, too.

"It is a team full of characters," added Maloney. "Each is adding his own addition to the team; it's definitely a good group of guys that are willing to put in a lot of hard work." 

"The biggest goofball on the group is definitely Vili Toluta'u," added prop Paris Hollis. "He's definitely a character and one of the funniest kids I've ever met. It's good having him a around because he wears a smile and always lightens the mood which I feel is important because i think sometimes we get too uptight and just need to realize that rugby is all about having fun at the end of the day. and in order for us to play our best we need to have fun playing the game that's what it's all about."