If you don’t believe Rugby is starting to pick up in the United States, you are missing the train as it’s starting to leave the station. Even before the USA Eagles hit the field against the New Zealand All-Blacks, new phases of Rugby reaching a mainstream audience had already begun. During the San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals Game 6 of the World championship series, Shawn Lee and the Santa Monica Rugby Club were featured for a “Just For Men” commercial.
While it seems small, this is a huge step towards the commercialization and mainstreaming of Rugby in the United States. This coupled with the massive crowd that attended the Eagles/All-Blacks game this past weekend, is showing the growth of the sport more and more. Hopefully more clubs start to utilize this idea with their sponsorship’s.