- Dec 17, 2015
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you have to take into account where most of these players are coming fromSurely the fact America has nearly the same amount of registered players as NZ can't be overlooked as a market option.
America has a far larger ceiling than NZ due to population as well.
Anyhow I hope we continue these test matches in America, they're fun and it's great hearing from Americans about the game. Some of the tweets during the All Blacks vs USA Eagles was particular entertaining the other year.
According to USA Rugby there are 112,000 registered rugby players int the United States
32,000 of them play in college, a majority of them (me included) did not play rugby prior to college and it is viewed as a way to keep playing a sport and drink a lot
Saying that 40% of these are actual fans of rugby would me a stretch in my imagination
The rest of of them are in high school or at adult clubs... adults who are into rugby for the same reasons as college students
the high school students have hope but from what coaches have told me (i refereee) the kids care more about playing soccer or football in college
i honestly don't see how that 1.2 million number is credible, there would have to be 9x as many people playing outlaw rugby rather than sanctioned rugby