There has been plenty of interest about rugby league in America in the past few days. It certainly helps when a celebrity of the stature of Russell Crowe starts talking about the potential for the sport globally via a Champions League style tournament hosted in the USA. It generated a positive response from both hemispheres respective governing bodies along with their professional clubs. I have had the good fortune to spend some time with Russell talking about rugby league. How the game is currently developing in the NRL and SLE, and how we might be able to establish a foothold in the USA. I appreciated the feedback. I find his perspective on the games future really interesting. From chatting with him I realized he didn't just arrive on a position regarding the growth of the game because he was a high profile personality with a point of view. Or that he was motivated by the fact that he is a stakeholder in a professional club. But more so because he has a deep understanding of the games history, and a considered approach as to how it might make good sense to utilize the best practices of other existing successful sports leagues to make our game better. A thoughtful position on addressing what exists and what is next. Over the past few days I have had the opportunity to talk to many people at various levels of the game both here and abroad, read associated news reports and check a couple of blogs from league fans and writers. I have enjoyed the discussion and the debate. No doubt Russell has a unique ability to generate attention. The fact that he happened to stimulate interest around the sport of rugby league and mention the USA in the same sentence shone a spotlight on our efforts that would be very difficult to generate on our own. The recent news story has helped to make a larger audience aware of what is happening now in America, and what is and may be coming next. 2011 will be the 14th season of our national club competition. Associated to this established league will be continued development in the West and Midwest. On the international front, our USA Tomahawks will take on Ireland in Philadelphia on March 19. It will be the seventh time our two nations have played in the USA. The Colonial Cup with Canada will include a home and away international tentatively scheduled for May in the USA and September in Canada. Our proposal to host the Rugby League World Cup Atlantic Region Qualifying Tournament in October in Philadelphia is expected to be approved this month and will be contested by the USA, Jamaica, and South Africa. The winner will advance to the Rugby League World Cup 2013 in the UK. I'm looking forward to further news about next steps with Russell's plans, and letting you all know how our local efforts will be linked to, and benefit from the opportunity. I'm excited about what's coming up next for Rugby League in the USA. I hope you are too!