Listen to what Terry Matterson had to say when Sky Sports News Radio caught up with the United States head coach.
The former Castleford Tigers boss hopes featuring in this year's World Cup will help raise the profile of the sport in the States.
The Australian is pleased with the camaraderie in USA's camp is good, stating everyone has come together when it matters.
While Matterson accepts the standard of play in the States is not of the highest level, he believes the quality on offer is improving.
A number of players in Matterson's squad were not born in the USA, but they have been practicing the national anthem ahead of Wednesday's clash against the Cook Islands to ensure no one needs to mime.
Click here to listen to Sky Sports News Radio's full interview with Matterson
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