Lions boss Warren Gatland linked with ‘monstrous’ test role
British and Irish Lions supremo Warren Gatland has been linked with the role of head coach of the American Eagles.
The current director of rugby at the Super Rugby Pacific Chiefs, Gatland’s name has reportedly been mooted to take over as head coach of the Eagles in 2023 after the current Rugby World Cup cycle.
Write in the Daily mailChris Foy says there “are persistent rumours” that Gatland will move to the United States and embark on a “monstrous mission” to get the United States back on track before they lead the Rugby World Cup in 2031.
After a calamitous last Super Rugby Aotearoa in 2021, the Gatland Chiefs are currently 4th in the premier Super Rugby Pacific newspaper. While Gatland is clearly enjoying a more successful 2022, the suspicion remains that the New Zealander’s heart truly lies in Test rugby.
It is considered vital that the United States qualify and perform well at WRC 2023 and 2027 in order to galvanize interest in the sport in a country of more than 300 million people.
World Rugby wants to replicate what the 1994 FIFA World Cup did for the sport’s popularity and give rugby a much-needed boost in the world’s biggest market.
The governing body’s biggest concern with awarding the tournament to the so-called “minnows” will be filling their oversized NFL stadiums.
While their national tournament, the MLR, has come a long way over the past two seasons, the Eagles have been going through a rough patch in terms of results.
Current head coach Gary Gold is in the process of securing their qualification for next year’s Rugby World Cup in France. The United States must beat Chile home and away in July if they want to make the tournament.
If successful, they will join England, Argentina, Japan and Samoa in Pool D.
gold said Rugby Pass that while he was delighted that the tournament had been awarded to America, he was aware that more pressure had been placed on his performing side: “It’s great that it happened and now there is something something tangible that we can touch and move towards, but if you’re trying to build confidence in the host country, it’s important that you go to World Cups.
“It’s important that we fly the flag at all World Cups and every tournament is a stepping stone to 2031. You want to give the guys as much World Cup experience as possible to have that knowledge and understanding and if you have missing one of those tournaments wouldn’t be a game-changer, it just wouldn’t be ideal.
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