The prospect of hosting a Six Nations match in America has been described as “interesting” by International Rugby Board (IRB) chief executive Brett Gosper.
The US Eagles hosted the All Blacks in front of 62,000 fans at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Saturday in the latest endeavour to help develop the sport across the pond. Gosper told the Telegraph he would be happy to see a Six Nations Test staged in America, providing tournament organisers are on the same page.
“If that fits in with the Six Nations’ vision of their tournament that would be certainly interesting from a developmental point of view in the United States,” Gosper told the newspaper.
“It is up to the Six Nations as to where they want to play their games but again I think that would be a terrific thing for the game.”
The newspaper also reports the IRB is investing over £2 million a year in America to grow interest in the sport in as well as improve the national team.
Earlier in October, USA Rugby’s chief executive Nigel Melville revealed talks had been held with Premier Rugby Limited (PRL) about staging an Aviva Premiership match in America, in similar fashion to how NFL games have been hosted in London.
PRL also agreed to release a number of England-based Eagles’ stars for the match against the All Blacks in an attempt to further their relationship with USA Rugby – a decision that unsettled Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
However, Gosper believes staging a Six Nations match in the States would produce significant impact for the game – even if it is just a “dream” for now.
“I know PRL [Premiership Rugby] are talking about bringing some big club games to the States and why not some internationals like the Six Nations,” Gosper said.
“You have got the expat market here with the Six Nations to deliver some big crowds I am sure. You would have to take into consideration things like TV rights, time zones and all sorts of logistics that are involved.
“It is not an easy thing. But it is something that would be nice to dream about. It would definitely have a great impact for the sport.”