USA PRO Rugby: Is it time to believe the hype?

By now you’ve probably heard of America’s Pro Rugby competition which began its inaugural season with five teams in April this year. Denver, Ohio, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco are midway through a 12-match season, with plans in place to expand the competition to Canada and 12 teams in 2017. For decades, rugby officials have been scratching their heads, wondering how they could tap into the North American market and while the sport has a long way to go in the US of A, it’s clearly heading in the right direction. America’s success on the Sevens circuit is evidence of that. Writing in the Players Tribune, San Diego captain Phil Mackenzie provides an interesting insight into the newly formed competition and just how big the sport could be in America. Canadian born Mackenzie has 31 international caps to his name and has spent much of the last decade plying his trade in the UK, where his teammates would often ask, “What If?” What if North America began paying att
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