Australians, like Americans, know something about settling continental nations, and rugby men there also understand what it means to be a niche sport.
So Scott Johnson was unsurprisingly but splendidly accurate when he described American rugby as a 'frontier.'
Good frontiersmen do not go about their business as they would have at home. They are energetic, of course, but mainly they are adaptable and sensible in making use of resources as they go about fashioning a new way of life.
Thus Johnson: 'I’m going to immerse myself in the culture and coach to the strengths and weaknesses of the American athlete.'
Mindful that one ought not read too much into a press release, how refreshing that Johnson also avoided that most tiresome cliche: the US as a 'sleeping giant.' Such imagery is offensive to anyone who has so much as volunteered to serve a club officer.
America's shortcoming is not that people are not working diligently. It is that they are working to questionable ends, according to plans designed for other environments and requiring resources we do not have.
Perhaps Johnson will help us all understand that point. We wish him well.