The news that the Rugby League International Federation is considering selecting USA and Wales as the first matchup in the 2013 World Cup is an exciting prospect for the Tomahawks, and could be the shot in the arm the game needs in America.
As a nation, that in the past has struggled to gain recognition at the national and international level, the USA could certainly benefit from the extra media attention the match would generate.
AMNRL president David Niu told WeAreRugby: “It will certainly contribute to our ability to support our development plans via commercial partners in the USA looking for a global platform to connect their brand to.”
As the American sporting public slowly begins to understand the concept of Rugby League, a high profile matchup on the international stage may well be the catalyst the sport needs to raise the eyebrow of the American sporting community.
Pool play for the tournament will consist of 14 teams in four separate groups, as New Zealand will look to retain their title of World Champions. After regaining the Four Nations trophy last month, Australia will be looking to recapture their dominance on the world stage-especially since their shock 34-20 loss to New Zealand in 2008.
For the Tomahawks however, it’s a slightly different story - an opportunity to prove they belong alongside the best Rugby League countries in the world, and showcase their potential to improve for the future.
A doubleheader at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff with the likes of Australia and England may well be the perfect setting for the start of a new era in American Rugby League.
“Our goal is to be very competitive in the tournament, and the experience of playing in such a magnificent arena would certainly bring the best out in our guys to perform at their very best,” added Niu.