Much has changed for the USA Selects backs as they train in Seattle for the Americas Rugby Championship.
With fewer experiments in the backline, and a new influx of talent, the attack looks a little more cohesive.
This despite some last-minute changes, chief of these being the coach. Brett Taylor could not make the trip, and was replaced at short notice by former Australia 7s coach Billy Millard, who is now living and coaching in New York.
Millard hopped a plane to Seattle and ran the backs through their plays on Sunday, working on a quick-read system that offers multiple options from one or two basic setups.
It's an approach that requires precision by those running off the ball, and quick and decisive movement by the flyhalf. But the players attacked the opportunity with aggression, seeing that they will get a chance to run.
Among those showing well were Adam Siddall, who seemed extremely comfortable running the offense from flyhalf, and Peter Moala, the San Mateo mystery man who unleashed a devastating sidestep.
Look for Moala, Mile Pulu, Toby L'Estrange, and Tim Maupin to fight for time in the midfield. L'Estrange will also play flyhalf, and Siddall will undoubtedly play some center.
Shaun Davies and Chris Saint are battling for the scrumhalf position, while there's all sorts of competition for wing and fullback.
This backline does have speed, but more it has a unification of purpose, and a more mature, intense approach than last year's compilation of players.
"It's a good approach," said L'Estrange. "It's not that different from what we were working on with the Eagles; we are going to challenge defenses and I think the guys like that."
Proof came on Monday, as the USA Selects scrimmaged for 40 minutes against Seattle-OPSB, which featured a backline that included Emosi Vucago, Ben Gollings, and Mike Palefau.
Against experienced players who are a danger offensively, the Selects won the scrimmage 15-0.