Former Bath Rugby boss Mike Ford is jetting off to America; taking charge of new Major League Rugby Club Dallas Griffins.
Ford said in a statement: “I’ve been talking to Phil (Camm, Griffins CEO) about this project for well over a year and the challenge really excites me.
“It’s a chance to take me out of my comfort zone and the experience will be invaluable.
“The opportunity to work from the beginning with a like-minded, trusted group of people, who all want the same thing and to create an environment and culture that hopefully will have a lasting legacy, is too good to turn down.
“That work starts now and I can’t wait.”
As well as Dallas, teams are expected to play out of Glendale, Colorado; Kansas City; Houston and Austin, Texas; New Orleans, Seattle, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.