2008 Churchill Cup

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The 2008 Churchill Cup took place between 7 June and 21 June 2008 in what was the sixth year of the tournament. Six rugby union teams took part: Canada, England Saxons, Ireland A, Scotland A, the USA, and an Argentinian XV.

Participation[edit]

The entry of an Argentinian XV into the competition stems from a decision by the New Zealand Rugby Union not to assemble its 'A' team, the Junior All Blacks, in 2008;[1] as a consequence, the New Zealand Māori, who have taken part in the last three Churchill Cup tournaments, replaced the Juniors in the Pacific Nations Cup and were not available for the Churchill Cup.[2]

Format[edit]

The teams were split into two pools of three teams each. Within each pool, the teams played one another once. All six teams participated in a finals day: the two pool winners competed in the final for the Churchill Cup, the two runners-up played in a Plate final, and the two bottom-placed teams competed for a Bowl.

Venues[edit]

After the 2007 tournament, which was the first to be played outside of North America, the 2008 tournament returned to North America again. The pool games were played at three venues in Ontario, Canada: Fletcher's Fields, Markham; Twin Elm Rugby Park, Nepean; and Richardson Memorial Stadium, Kingston. Finals Day took place at Toyota Park, Chicago.

Fixtures[edit]

USA Pool[edit]

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 England England Saxons 2 2 0 0 96 22 74 2 10
2 Ireland Ireland A 2 1 0 1 58 43 15 1 5
3  United States 2 0 0 2 19 108 -89 0 0
2008-06-07
14:00
England Saxons England 62 – 10  United States


2008-06-14
14:00
Ireland A Ireland 12 – 34 England England Saxons

Canada Pool[edit]

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  Scotland A 2 2 0 0 51 34 17 2 10
2 Argentina Argentinian XV 2 1 0 1 41 43 -2 2 6
3  Canada 2 0 0 2 26 41 -15 1 1
2008-06-07
16:30
Scotland A Scotland 24 – 10  Canada


2008-06-14
16:30
Argentinian XV Argentina 17 – 16  Canada

Finals[edit]

Bowl Final[edit]

2008-06-21
16:15
United States  10 – 26  Canada

Plate Final[edit]

2008-06-21
11:45
Argentinian XV Argentina 8 – 33 Ireland Ireland A

Cup Final[edit]

2008-06-21
14:00
England Saxons England 36 – 19  Scotland A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Zealand Maori to join IRB Pacific Nations Cup". allblacks.com. 2007-09-26. Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  2. ^ "NZ Maori joins IRB Pacific Nations Cup". IRB. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 

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