Last week, USA Rugby announced I was the new forwards coach of the country’s Under-20s team.
It goes without saying that I was honoured to be given the opportunity.
In the time I have been over here, living in California, I have quickly realised that the potential of the athletes over here is astonishing.
As forwards’ coach of the Under-20s, I will be lucky enough to get to work with the best players across the length and breadth of the nation on a regular basis.
It’s hugely exciting and we have a lot of work to do. If we can tap into the potential that this country harbours, we will be in very good stead.
It all came about after speaking to the USA Eagles CEO, former England and Gloucester scrum-half Nigel Melville. He put me in touch with former Eagles lock Luke Gross, who was then forwards coach of the Under-20s.
Luke was quickly a big advocate of what I am trying to do over here and was fantastic in getting me involved with things in the national set-up.
Now Luke has ‘moved upstairs’, it created an opening and I was delighted when head coach Scott Lawrence offered the job.
It came soon after a training camp in Denver I attended that perfectly illustrated what talent there is in this country.
I was invited to coach the five potential hookers in the squad to specifically work on their throwing and it was a fantastic weekend with guys who are fully committed to improving their game.
Following there, the next camp was over Easter weekend in San Diego, which was also very productive.
It was intense too. There were 45 players from right across the country and they all wanted to lay down a marker for the two-game tour of Canada we will go on in May.
The trial game at the end of the camp was fully committed too. As a coach, that was great to see.
In June, Salt Lake City will host the Junior World Trophy for Under-20s. That is a big thing for rugby in this country and so it is going to be a busy summer out here.
Read the full USA Rugby press release on Gavin's own site.