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Rising rugby star Perry Baker talks about his love for the sport

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Day 5 of Rio 2016 is in the books, but the games are far from over.

At KHQ, as part of our promise to take you behind the rings, we're hearing from rising rugby star Perry Baker.

Baker is settling in the games, and trying to stay focused and at the same time. He's enjoying just how special it is to compete for team USA. 

"It's gonna be an exciting time to watch rugby here in Rio. It's the first time it's back in 92 years, and if you're looking for a fast game then you're looking at rugby, you have a bunch of guys that are fast, powerful and excited to be playing rugby," Baker said.

But it takes a lot of work to be that fast and powerful. The training is rigorous…

"Training is everything man. You go from about 7:30 in the morning till about 4:00 or 4:30 in the evening and it's all about your fitness. Because like I said it's a fast game. For seven minutes you get two seven minute halves," Baker said.

And…

"Your fitness has to be up to par. I do a lot of fitness day in and day out. Your body is to the limit. You're going beyond what you think you can go,so we have this little thing what we call "put your head down and just go," Baker said.

But most importantly Perry told us about his personal excitement and his motivation for competition:
 
"I can't even begin to even tell you how I feel man. It's just so emotional, I mean just before I was told that I was being selected as one of the members to represent our country I was just in an awe moment because it's just like a dream come true. It's so unreal for me, just to know that you have your country and your family and your friends all behind you. And it's more than just you, it just feels so good and man I just want to go out there and make them all proud," Baker said. 

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