CHRIS FOY: Is Warren Gatland the man who made America’s Eagles soar?

The United States has been selected to host the World Cup and now needs someone to turn their national team into a competitive force. This is probably your next big rugby job – and it could have Warren Gatlands’ name on it.

There are rumors the former Wales and Lions head coach is set to take over America’s Eagles late next year. This is a monstrous mission with profound implications for the country and the game as a whole.

The United States is ranked 18th in the men’s world rugby league table and awaits a two-match play-offs against Chile in July as the next step in their quest to qualify for the 2023 world show in France.

Warren Gatland could take on another important rugby job if he becomes a US coach

Warren Gatland could take on another important rugby job if he becomes a US coach

The United States will host the World Cup in 2031 and there is an emphasis on greater involvement in the sport

The United States will host the World Cup in 2031 and there is an emphasis on greater involvement in the sport

Now they have been granted the rights to run the tournament in 2031, and two years later in the women’s tournament – the stakes are even higher.

If this is to become a catalyst for the expansion and development of sport in the United States, the US needs the involvement of the public. And the most likely way it will happen would be through the soaring of the Eagles.

The Americans will be faced with the issue, for example, of their team challenging the established elite in a game of oval ball other than the NFL.

The United States hopes to follow the increased interest in Japan during the last World Cup in 2019.

Gatland is expected to replace Gary Gold as the team's head coach in late 2023

Gatland is expected to replace Gary Gold as the team’s head coach in late 2023

It was created by the touching exploits of the hosts who defeated Ireland and Scotland on their way to the quarter-finals, where they fought a good fight against eventual South African champions – in a match watched by 60 million television audiences in the country.

For a brief moment, rugby eliminated sumo wrestling from the top of the sports program.

A similar impact could occur on the other side of the Atlantic, with the right leadership – and investment.

If the various sources are right and Gatland is poised to replace Gary Gold as head coach in late 2023, the Kiwi will need all its knowledge and even more talent to succeed with limited resources than it has shown for so many years that he was responsible for Wales.

There are chronic limitations – in terms of budget, devices, and player access – but also a huge amount of resources that a clever operator can use.

“The potential exists because of a huge base of athletic talent,” said Ross Young, chief executive of US Rugby. “So why would the best coaches in the world not want to be involved in fueling this progress?”

He is right. It is a tempting project, albeit full of complications. If Gatland is chosen, he will have the opportunity to unlock new territory and switch sports. What a job. What a responsibility.

The Leinster Tadhg Furlong prop highlighted his skill with a brilliant pass against Toulouse

The Leinster Tadhg Furlong prop highlighted his skill with a brilliant pass against Toulouse

Freakish Furlong is a true prop star

Tadhg Furlong provided further proof on Saturday that he is a bizarre talent as the Leinster quarterback prop delivered a brilliant pass to free Hugo Keenan against Toulouse.

It was right-to-left counterpart to Ellis Genge’s brilliant assist in Jamie George’s challenge for England against Italy earlier this year.

Throw in a driving class of the likes of Cyril Baille and Kyle Sinckler, and it’s clear that creativity has reached its peak in the first place.

Leinster hopes Furlong will recover from his injury and be ready for the Champions Cup final against La Rochelle on May 28, but they will be favorites for their fifth title anyway.

Their standard displays prompted the mighty Racing 92 to consider an attempt to recruit Stuart Lancaster, whose redemption in Dublin was spectacular.

The scene was set to put Lawrence back in the spotlight

Hopefully Ollie Lawrence is ready to play and prosper for Worcester in the Premiership Cup Final.

The center was flying when it made its England debut in October 2020, but then he barely got his pass and was kicked out again.

From this episode on, injuries made it difficult for Lawrence to move and revive. But the 22-year-old has the potential to display the audacious confidence that characterized his rise to rank.

Sergio Parisse is one of the veterans who still makes an impression on his way to the age of 40

Sergio Parisse is one of the veterans who still makes an impression on his way to the age of 40

Evergreen stars continue to thrive

In a time of serious concern about the punitive nature of rugby and the threat of an abridged career, it is comforting to see so many veterans thriving.

Saturday night, Italy’s iconic Sergio Parisse was at the center of Toulon’s victory over the Saracens at 38 – a little slower than before, but still just as influential.

Leicester has just confirmed Jimmy Gopperth’s signing – who will be 39 years old when he joins Wasps.

Richard Wigglesworth is still firmly attached to the East Midlands club at 38, and Chris Ashton’s exploits in recent months have earned the 35-year-old another Welford Road deal.

Former All Black prop John Afoa is leaving Bristol at the end of the season, but instead of retiring at 38, he will be playing for French second-tier team Vannes.

Lastly, look at Johnny Sexton – almost 37, but as imperious as ever, to the point that Ireland has long since abandoned short-term succession planning to No. 10.

London's Irish sensation Henry Arundell is one of the newbies to come to the English setup

London’s Irish sensation Henry Arundell is one of the newbies to come to the English setup

Last word

London Irish teen sensation Henry Arundell is set to hit the England training squad, named by Eddie Jones on Tuesday.

The versatile defender was also hunted by Scotland and Wales as he qualifies for both rival nations by his grandparents, but has played for England until the age of 20 and is set up for Red Rose’s early debut.

The selection of this newcomer X-factor will generate a lot of excitement, but the England team doesn’t really need a major overhaul, despite the poor Six Nations campaign.

There are already plenty of shiny young stars out there – enough to put them to good use.

Freddie Steward has settled down well, but England fans will want to see Marcus Smith start playing, Harry Randall plays fast rugby with fast ball, Max Malins in electric Saracen mode and Alex Dombrandt runs amok in space.

Ollie Chessum and Bevan Rodd are next in the best prospects category. There are enough English wonders that can join a well-established core to make a great test team.

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