2009 Churchill Cup

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2009 Churchill Cup
Date June 6 to June 21
Teams 6
Countries Argentina Argentina Jaguars

 Canada
England England Saxons
 Georgia
Ireland Ireland A
 United States

Matches played 9
Attendance
Final
Venue Dick's Sporting Goods Park,
Commerce City, Colorado United States
Attendance
Champions Ireland A
Runner-up England Saxons

The 2009 Churchill Cup took place between June 6 and June 21, 2009, in the seventh year of the tournament.

For the first time in the tournament's history, all rounds were held in the United States. This was done in an effort to reduce the cost of the tournament after the discontinued sponsorship by Barclays[1] and to keep the tournament from being suspended for a year.[2] Six rugby union teams took part: Canada, England Saxons, Ireland A, the USA, Argentina Jaguars, and for the first time in the tournament, the Georgia national team. Tickets for the event went on sale to USA Rugby members on April 2, 2009, and general sales tickets went on sale on April 24, 2009.[3] The matches were broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK and Setanta Sports North America in the US.

Winners[edit]

The Main Cup was won by Ireland A (who beat the England Saxons in the Cup Final), the Plate Competition was won by the Argentina Jaguars (who defeated Canada in the Final), and the Bowl Competition was won by the USA (who beat Georgia)

Format[edit]

The teams played in a round-robin format between two pools to decide the elimination matches which took place on June 20, 2009. All six teams participated on the finals day: the two pool winners competed in the Cup Final, the two runners-up played in a Plate Final, and the two bottom-placed teams met in the Bowl Final.

Venues[edit]

After the 2008 tournament, which was played both in Canada and the United States, in 2009 all rounds of the tournament as well as the Finals Day were played around the Denver, Colorado area which is the future home for the tournament for the next three years. The first three days of round-robin play were at the modern, purpose-built rugby stadium Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on the south side of Denver. The finals were held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, which is home to Denver's MLS team, the Colorado Rapids.

Tables[edit]

Pool A[edit]

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
Ireland Ireland A 2 2 0 0 70 24 +46 2 10
 Canada 2 1 0 1 61 40 +21 1 5
 Georgia 2 0 0 2 15 82 -67 0 0

Pool B[edit]

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
England England Saxons 2 2 0 0 84 37 +47 1 9
Argentina Argentina Jaguars 2 1 0 1 55 42 +13 0 4
 United States 2 0 0 2 31 91 -60 0 0

Fixtures and results[edit]

Day 1[edit]

June 6, 2009
2:15 PM
England Saxons England 28 - 20 Argentina Argentina Jaguars
Report
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
June 6, 2009
4:30 PM
Canada  42 - 10  Georgia
Report
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO
Referee: Australia Matt Goddard

Day 2[edit]

June 10, 2009
4:30 PM
Canada  19 - 30 Ireland Ireland A
Report
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO
Referee: Australia Matt Goddard
June 10, 2009
7:00 PM
United States  14 - 35 Argentina Argentina Jaguars
Report
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

Day 3[edit]

June 14, 2009
1:00 PM
United States  17 - 56 England England Saxons
Report
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
June 14, 2009
3:30 PM
Georgia  5 - 40 Ireland Ireland A
Report
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO
Referee: Australia Matt Goddard

Finals[edit]

Bowl Final[edit]

June 21, 2009
16:30 (PST)
Georgia  13 – 31  United States
Report

Plate Final[edit]

June 21, 2009
12:05 (PST)
Canada  29 - 44 Argentina Argentina Jaguars
Report

Cup Final[edit]

June 21, 2009
14:30 (PST)
Ireland A Ireland 49 - 22 England England Saxons
Report

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 Churchill Cup schedule". americanrugbynews.com. February 25, 2009. Archived from the original on June 20, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Churchill Cup rugby officials scrap plans for round-robin games in Canada". thespec.com. February 25, 2009. Archived from the original on June 20, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ "2009 Ticket Information!". churchillcuprugby.net. April 16, 2009. Archived from the original on June 20, 2009. Retrieved April 17, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Churchill Cup
2008
Churchill Cup
2009
Succeeded by
Churchill Cup
2010