The American National Rugby League is continuing to ramp up operations by announcing the appointment of the first AMNRL International Representative.
Adam Nable has stepped into the new role and got stuck in straight away by organizing a tour to France for the USA Tomahawks.
As WeAreRugby reported
, the tour in October 2012 will include a one-off test against the French Chanticleers.
Nable brings vast experience to the table having played professionally in Australia, England and France, as well as having a stint with the New York Knights in the AMNRL in 2005. He says he won’t forget the day he touched down in France.
“I arrived in Perpignan on September 11, 2001,” said Nable. “I still remember getting off the plane and the person picking me up said something major had just happened in New York. We went back to one of the boys’ houses and watched the day unfold on TV - surreal to say the least.”
Nable’s background in finance is what led to his subsequent move to New York City and although he wasn’t planning to continue his rugby league career, a good mate Matt Astill, owner of the Down Under bar in the city, persuaded him to turn out for the Knights.
“It was one of the best things I did,” he told WeAreRugby. “I met a great bunch of boys and was fortunate to be able to help them progress as players.
“Playing with New York Knights, one of the foundation clubs and backbones of Rugby League in the States, I was exposed to a fair bit of what was going on with Rugby League in the States.
“I also believe in Dave’s [Niu] vision that Rugby League could be a hit in the US. I would often try and use my relationship to get people listening to the story and to see if they could get involved in the growth and development of Rugby League in the US somehow.”
Nable, based in Sydney, will also be responsible for promoting the AMNRL and its operations to key executives in Rugby League in Australia.
“I believe the future for Rugby League in the US is fantastic,” added Nable. “Rugby League is one of the best, if not the best, spectator sports in the world. It is made for television. The right steps are being taken for this dream to eventuate into reality. If the right people get behind it and a professional league can be formed and maintained for at least 3-5 years, I believe the American audience will be drawn to it.”
He believes if that were to happen, the game globally would get a massive shot in the arm.
“Rugby League was born in the north of England. It was the result of the social class of white collar and blue collar and out of Rugby Union they derived Rugby League - a better game,” Nable said. “If the people controlling the game then had the foresight to take it south, I believe League would be a great deal more global than Union is today.
“That being said, if the game takes off in the US, I believe it is there where the premier competition will be played. Too much money involved, all the best players from Rugby League in Australia, UK and NZ would be drawn to it, as would the best Rugby Union players.
“The US knows how to do sports, and this would be huge. With this sort of TV exposure in the US and internationally, it would only help it globally.”