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On the road with the Rainbow Warriors in Australia

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SYDNEY, Australia (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Aside from a stop at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday morning, University of Hawaii head football coach Nick Rolovich and the Rainbow Warriors spent most of their first two days in Australia within the confines of Olympic Park. 

That will change Wednesday, when they venture into the city of Sydney as a team for the first time, though not all of the 'Bows seemed ready to warmly embrace Australian culture. 

"I was told not to cuddle with koalas," joked Rolovich, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday morning. 

Day Two in Sydney for Coach Rolovich and the Warriors began at the city's most recognizable landmark. Representatives from both teams gathered at the famed Sydney Opera House to talk about Saturday's game, as well as the opportunity the trip to Australia presented for student-athletes. 

"You know, most of our kids won't have an opportunity to come back," said Cal head coach Sonny Dykes. "We need to be very mature and workmanlike in our approach to practice this week but at the same time I want them to see the sights and see this unique culture."

Both teams have cultural outings planned over the course of the coming days. The 'Bows have already taken in a rugby match at ANZ Stadium, and so far, there's been no difficulty in separating pleasure from practice. 

"I think as the week goes on, we need to get more focused, because distractions such as this event can pop up," said Hawaii receiver Marcus Kemp. "But I think we're doing a good job at staying focused on the task at hand."

The task at hand for Coach Rolo tomorrow will be wrangling up some of the aforementioned koalas. The team will head to the Taronga Zoo for a few hours in the morning before returning to Olympic Park for practice in the afternoon.

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