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USA 7s Head Coach Al Caravelli is taking a different preparation approach leading in to three successive tournaments to being the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Caravelli usually runs his players through a series of scrimmages in the week leading up to the real tournament, but this week he won’t have any.

Much of the team, Caravelli reasoned, had already logged some recent game experience at the Pan-Am Games. Others had participated in the Carlton 7s Series in Sri Lanka. Then there’s the concern of piling too much contact on the players right before three straight tournaments.

Instead the players will be in the gym a lot more, working on fitness, regaining their feet faster, and pattern of play.

The USA's first match will be against South Africa Thursday, 11:47pm ET, 8:47pm PT. Stay with RUGBYMag.com for reports.