Steve Williams (59)
Yeh USA rugby financial perils well known so I see no chance of 2027 hosting vs Australia. But yes MLR going from strength to strength and if they get in schools and only a fraction say - still offers huge room for growth. The MLR entry criteria for clubs joining seems solid as well so solid basis for expansion.Here's another reason why USARugby aren't capable of hosting in 2027. Apparently the org. is so broke that they could only afford to run one session heading into the AB test. And that was the Captain's Run. If true there's little wonder they got flogged. Though they did score tries against the ABs which they've never do before or so I've read.
But what is important in the US Rig y landscape is MLR and what it is doing. It has a unified development plan designed to get Rugby in more schools. And each club is provided with clear incentives to invest youth Rugby within their regions as well as establish pathways via Academies to provide a deeper talent pool. All of this does take time. And 10 years seems fairly reasonable.