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"Yeah, we've got our disability in common, and that makes it easier," Hogsett says, "but I think we're such good friends because we all love the game so much. Rugby is such a cool sport."

But it is not precisely friendship that they will rely on to propel them past Texas in two weeks. "Everybody knows that as a team we play harder out there than anyone else," says Hogsett, and this is particularly true when there is a score to be settled.

"We're going to win it this year," says Gilliland quickly. "It takes heart and determination, but mostly you gotta want it, and I think every guy on our team wants it."

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