The New Zealand Rugby Union and USA Rugby have signed a formal agreement to promote rugby in the United States of America. The Memorandum of Understanding will see the two Unions collaborate in areas ranging from community rugby to commercial development. “The rugby world wants to see the game grow in the United States and we’re taking concrete steps to help USA Rugby,” said NZRU CEO Steve Tew. As a first step, the NZRU will give coaching curricula and resources to USA Rugby at no charge, supporting the American Union’s youth, referee and coach development programs. As well as resources to grow participation at the community level, the agreement will also see the two Unions explore opportunities for high-profile matches in the USA as well as age-grade competition between the two nations. “We welcome New Zealand’s help as we work to tap the potential in the United States,” said USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville. “The coaching resources are an immediate benefit, but longer term we’d like to look at joint sponsorships, merchandise agreements and anything that can benefit both Unions.” 29 January 2008, 8:26 pm By Scrum.com - Sounds great for American rugby, contract starts as of now and will last for 5 years.