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Almost two-decades after the founding of USA Rugby organization, a first ever conference was arranged for the presidents of all the local Unions. Held in the Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, over two-days in January 1993, the event proved a great success with 39 administrators, representing 28 local unions attending.
The purposes of the conference were to share information, network, and confront similar problems and opportunities. It represented an exchange of ideas for rugby’s growth and development from a wealth of talent.
The meeting included long-standing administrators like Dana Batemen, Bill Haffner, Terry Flenner and others. Credit for the conference went to USARFU Director Gene Roberts, and Las Vegas host Craig Platt.
One of the highlights of the different talks came from Met Union President, Cecil “Jacko” Jackson (who listed “56-years” as a player). He floated the idea of a US professional National Rugby League to be comprised of sixteen teams in major cities. Jackson also provided budgets and schedules for the eight team Eastern and Western divisions.
The conference’s participants agreed that more of these national meetings would benefit rugby in the United States.