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Friday, July 21, 2017

American Duo Gaining Experience In New Zealand


It's been a long tradition for Americans to head overseas to get a high-level of rugby experience. Many Americans have gone to Ireland to do just that and a number have also gone to New Zealand. AIC alums Skyler Adams and Kurtis Werner are two of the latest players to travel to the home of the All Blacks. Both players are training at the BNZ Crusaders International High-Performance Unit and are set to play with local clubs teams as well. Both will be playing with Marist Albion in Christchurch. Other nations represented at the IHPU include Argentina, Japan, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Fiji, and Canada.

Adams told TIAR that he's "The experience has been awesome spending 8 hours a day training is any players dream. Camp has been a unique combination of strength and conditioning, run-catch-pass training, defense, sports psychology, character development, and shadowing of the Crusaders and their Academy players. We get to watch the Crusaders train and see how they run their side and the professionalism that they aim for."

If all goes well Adams and Werner will hope to emulate the path of Eric Fry. He played club rugby in New Zealand before turning that into an opportunity in the Mitre 10 Cup and ultimately contracts in Europe.

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