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USA goes professional

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content on 16 Apr 2015 at 09:37
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Hi Sharks fans. It seems that the sleeping giant that is USA Rugby is finally waking up.

I’m sure most of you would have watched the All Blacks take on the USA Eagles in Chicago and wouldn’t have been too surprised at the drubbing handed out to the Eagles. What most fans aren’t aware of is the following:

· Rugby is the fastest growing team sport in the USA, this despite having had no professional league;
· There are approximately two million children now playing tag-touch in the USA. Tag-touch is seen as the right way to introduce youngsters to rugby and to teach them the correct skills;
· The USA is starting to plough more resources into rugby, and even attempted to lure Sir Gordon Tietjens from the New Zealand 7’s setup, all in a bid to win Olympic gold; and
· The USA is going to get its first professional league in 2016.

Details are still sketchy at this stage as to how many teams will comprise the league, but it’s a step in the right direction. The full details are available here, but the long and the short of it is that Leicester Tigers will be playing a Rough Riders team comprising former NFL players, college football players and collegiate, club and international rugby players on 08 August and marks the formation of the National Rugby Football League. The NRFL is set to kick off in 2016.

This can only be good news for the game of rugby and will certainly add some spice and interest to the global game with the USA keen to have themselves recognised as a major force in the world game in the not too distant future.


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