Player of the Week – Nu’u Aiava

D1A Rugby: Player of the Week – Nu’u Aiava
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BOULDER, Colo. – Kutztown possesses one of the most dangerous backlines in the country, led by AIG Men’s All-American Niku Kruger. But it has been the play of newcomer Nu’u Aiava that has really put a hurt on opposing teams.

A former U-20 standout from Hilo, Hawaii, Aiava has become well-acquainted with the try zone this fall, but it was his four tries against Maryland this past Saturday that make the center D1A Rugby’s Player of the Week.

While Aiava’s on-the-pitch attributes include speed, accurate passing, tenacious defense and intelligence, Kutztown Head Coach Doc Jones believes his newest backline threat has one attribute in particular that makes him so dangerous.

“His biggest skill is his ability to read the game one phase ahead of what is happening in front of him at the moment,” explained Jones. “He also understands how to get himself in position to be the primary support player. Last week, I think three of his four tries came from being the primary support player and taking the offload.”

With Penn State coming to town for Kutztown’s homecoming match Oct. 18, Aiava – whose focus in school is Criminal Justice – will need to play a major role in the Golden Bears’ attack if Kutztown hopes to stay unbeaten.