- Jan 10, 2010
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i don't think America will ever get into rugby really.
Pro 12 will not work for USA.
Super rugby has enough problems but it's schedule could fit.
Americans really just don't care about rugby, it's interesting enough that one off games work but that's it IMO.
World Rugby needs to get more international games played in America and all over not just Chicago if it is serious about expanding into it.
Can see League getting the jump now.
Pity...Whilst i think this is a small disaster for North American rugby, I don't this is WR is guilty here but au contraire, both USA and Canada had constantly tests vs T1 and occasions to prove themselves and develop. Also many Internationals had easy time to sign European pro clubs. Look at last one, Ilnicki signed Saints. There are few Georgian or Romanian props who are better players than him still playing for Romanian/Georgian clubs or French lower divisions yet they got this Canadian player eyeing the NA market probably. With all that, they are under performing for years and now a very interesting prospect of developing rugby there is going down...
Maybe WR should also take the same care of other nations who are struggling to develop. Romania has an workable fully pro league for 5 years with salaries now matching upper Fed 1/lower ProD2 for some players and beat Canada constantly in last year, also defeated USA yet didn't received a T1 test for 9 years already outside RWC and will likely turn 11 or 12 years without a T1 test whilst Canada played twice vs T1 this year. Not exactly connected with Pro Rugby, I know but shows that WR gave enough opportunities to North America.
So Americans should try to help themselves too, not just wait for WR...they had occasions and means at which countries like Romania, Georgia, Uruguay, Namibia can only dream.