USA Rugby enlists NZR’s help to regain the Pacific Nations Cup

USA Rugby enlists NZR's help to regain the Pacific Nations Cup

USA Rugby confirmed an order to New Zealand Rugby to help them USA have a calendar with more regular test-matches through the Pacific Nations Cup.

The All Blacks and Eagles will meet in Washington DC in October as part of New Zealand’s end-of-year tour, but USA Rugby CEO Ross Young is going for more.

Since the 2019 World Cup, the United States has played just two games, last month against Wales and England, whose best players were on tour in South Africa with the British & Irish Lions.

The United States was set to play in the Americas Rugby Championship against Argentina XV, Canada, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile, before facing Italy and the French Barbarians in July, while an additional test against Canada was scheduled for October. However, Young wants the resurrection of the Pacific Nations Cup, an annual competition that has been played since 2019 in which the United States, Canada, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Japan face each other.

This tournament gave all six Tier2 nations regular and meaningful encounters that Young longs for, but complications from the pandemic have put the competition on hiatus after Japan last won it two years ago.

Young wants the United States to align with the Pacific nations to revive the Pacific Nations Cup. “We started talking about it with World Rugby so that we have the opportunity to play more international matches. There was the Pacific Rim Trophy (approximately) 10 years ago, which involved Japan, the Pacific Islands, the United States, and Canada. To me, that’s what makes sense. “

This is where Young wants the help of NZR. While acknowledging that NZR has its own domestic issues, he is eager to see one of the strongest unions in rugby use its influence at the World Rugby level to drive change that helps develop. “It’s important that we also have the right strategic partners to push it forward. Fortunately, I have a good relationship with Mark Robinson and Andy Marinos, also with SANZAAR, so I hope we can keep hitting the table and make something happen.”

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