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Kansas University Welcomed with Open Arms on Aussie Tour

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Kansas University Welcomed with Open Arms on Aussie Tour

The Jayhawks at the Sydney Opera House.

The Kansas Jayhawks men's collegiate rugby team is in tour in Australia and having a blast.

They have visited Sydney, including the famous Sydney Opera House, and the New South Wales Rugby Union HQ in Daceyville, NSW.

Yesterday, they played their first game, taking on the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, about 100 miles north of Sydney. It had rained heavily before the game and the weather in fact shortened the game on what was a waterlooged pitch.

The Jayhawks were not too fazed by it all and got two tries from Blake Dreyer in a 10-0 short-game victory over the UofN Seahorses. Kansas showed some outstanding defense.

The team was welcomed with opened arms at the university, and reports are that they were treated to some of the best hosting KU Rugby has ever experienced.

The players returned to the locker room after the game to find that every players had received a UofNRUC jersey, socks, shorts, and hat.

The KU guys unloaded some of their gear too, and so after the post-match festivities you couldn't really tell who belonged to which club.

The players were fed, everyone started singing, and then the UofN players took their new friends out on the town. The team had done their best to get a game in despite the very tough weather conditions, and laid out the red carpet for the rest of the day.

It was an unforgettable night for Jayhawks players, and now the Seahorses are talking about a tour to the USA next year. The two college rugby sides already have a relationship as they have sent players to the other school, but the full-on tour exchange hadn't happened until now.

Next up for Kansas is a game against Byron Bay as they continue to wind their way north on Australia's east coast. and then another with the Alleygatorsin Gold Coast before finishing up in Briasbane. They will tour the Queensland RFU HQ in Balleymore and look to train there at the end of May.