The AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans are in Australia on their Tour to Queensland sponsored by WellDog. They will play three matches in the span of eight days before returning home. The following is a blog post from one of the All-Americans on tour, Nick Boyer of University of California, Berkeley.
Woke up to a misty mountain morning in Queensland. Got the engine running with a bit of skill work, whipped up some breakfast, and headed to our first training session at Downlands school. With the local media out in full force, we proceeded to have a sharp team attack run, clicking well for a bunch that’s been together for 24 hours or so. Following training, we partook in a presentation put on by Study and Play USA for the Downlands schoolboys, highlighting the opportunities rugby and academics can provide for a top-notch education in the US. With accounts by our coaches and foreign based players illustrating the process and potential benefits, we hopefully left an indelible impression on these young men. Following the presentation, we were treated to a delicious BBQ by our hosts, enhanced by a bit of live music from some of the boys who found their way to a drum set. Following lunch, we got stuck in to a second training session at the pristine Toowoomba Grammar School, this time focusing on defense. After a team run punctuated by deadly sidesteps and bruised egos, we cooled down and returned to base camp. The coaches ran us through a bit of video review and we decided on tour rules and punishments as a group. Now we’re enjoying some well deserved downtime and gearing up for another full day tomorrow. All in all, a good start to our tour, one we’ll look to build on in the ensuing days.