NZ Rugby Union and USA Rugby extend ties
30 Jan 2008
The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and USA Rugby have signed a new five-year agreement to promote Rugby in the United States, effective immediately.
The two unions will collaborate in areas ranging from community rugby to commercial development.
Also a new memorandum of understanding agreed to by both parties will see them look at the possibilities of staging high profile matches in the US as well as age grade competition between the USA and New Zealand, which could prove to be a fantastic proposition for committed college rugby players in the US.
"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 chief executive Steve Tew.
Initially, the NZRU will share coaching curricula and resources with USA Rugby at no charge, supporting the Americans' youth, referee and coach development programmes.
USA Rugby chief executive Nigel Melville welcomed the development.
"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".