History of rugby union matches between Canada and United States

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Canada and the United States have played each other a total of 52 times, with Canada winning 38, the United States winning 13, and one draw back in 1982.

The first ever match was contested in 1977 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Canada won the match 17-6. The United States' first win came the following year where they won 12-7.

Since their first match in 1977, the United States and Canada play every year taking it in turns as the home side. In recent years they play on a home and away basis so that both teams are at home during their meetings, although many of the home and away meetings are the qualification rounds for the Rugby World Cup.

Since 2013, Canada and the United States have played every June in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup, along with Japan, Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa.

Defunct tournaments[edit]

In 1996, Canada and United States played in the Pacific-Rim Championship along with Hong Kong and Japan until the addition of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga in 1999. The tournament was ceased in 2000. Alongside the Pacific-Rim Championship, the Pan-American Championship was also competed which included the United States and Canada. Like the Pacific-Rim Championship the tournament was ceased in 2003.

In 2003 the Super Cup was formed and was contested between Japan, Russia and the United States. In 2004 they were joined by Canada. The tournament was only contested for 3 years as it was ceased in 2005 with Canada the final champions. Also in 2003, the Churchill Cup was formed where Canada and the United States would play A sides from Europe and the Southern Hemisphere. The tournament was ceased in 2011 before the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[1]

Summary[edit]

Overview[edit]

Details Played Won by
 Canada
Won by
 United States
Drawn Canada points United States points
In Canada 28 24 4 0 676 380
In United States 19 10 8 1 394 269
Neutral venue 5 4 1 0 156 105
Overall 52 38 13 1 1226 754

Records[edit]

Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.

Record Canada United States
Longest winning streak 7 (11 Jul 2009–21 June 2014) 2 (18 Jun 2003–27 Aug 2003)
Largest points for
Home 56 (12 August 2006) 34 (3 June 2000)
Away 52 (2 June 2007) 35 (27 August 2003)
Largest winning margin
Home 49 (12 August 2006) 12 (11 June 1988)
Away 5 (18 June 2003) 57 (11 June 2005)

Results[edit]

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition
52 21 June 2014 Cal Expo Facility, Sacramento, California 38 – 35  United States 2014 IRB Pacific Nations Cup
51 24 August 2013 BMO Field, Toronto 13 – 11  Canada 2015 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers
50 17 August 2013 Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina 9 – 27  Canada
49 25 May 2013 Ellerslie Rugby Park, Ellerslie Rugby Park 16 – 9  Canada 2013 IRB Pacific Nations Cup
48 9 June 2012 Richardson Memorial Stadium, Kingston, Ontario 28 – 25  Canada
47 13 August 2011 Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado 7 – 27  Canada
46 6 August 2011 BMO Field, Toronto 28 – 22  Canada
45 11 July 2009 Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton 41 – 18  Canada 2011 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers
44 4 July 2009 Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina 12 – 6  United States
43 21 June 2008 Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois 10 – 26  Canada 2008 Churchill Cup
42 2 June 2007 Twickenham Stadium, London 52 – 10  Canada 2007 Churchill Cup
41 12 August 2006 Swilers Rugby Park, St. John's, Newfoundland 56 – 7  Canada 2007 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers
40 17 June 2006 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton 33 – 18  Canada 2006 Churchill Cup
39 26 June 2005 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton 19 – 20  United States 2005 Churchill Cup
38 25 May 2005 National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo 30 – 26  Canada 2005 Super Cup
37 19 June 2004 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton 32 – 29  Canada 2004 Churchill Cup
36 27 May 2004 National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo 23 – 20  Canada 2004 Super Cup
35 27 August 2003 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 20 – 35  United States 2003 Pan-American Championship
34 18 June 2003 Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver 11 – 16  United States 2003 Churchill Cup
33 13 July 2002 Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana 13 – 36  Canada 2003 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers
32 29 June 2002 Fletcher's Fields, Markham, Ontario 26 – 9  Canada
31 19 May 2001 Richardson Memorial Stadium, Kingston, Ontario 19 – 10  Canada 2001 Pan-American Championship
30 3 June 2000 Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah 34 – 25  United States 2000 Pacific-Rim Championship
29 19 June 1999 Stanley Park, Vancouver 17 – 18  United States 1999 Pacific-Rim Championship
28 18 August 1998 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 31 – 14  Canada 1998 Pan-American Championship
27 6 June 1998 Burlington 3 – 37  Canada 1998 Pacifc-Rim Championship
26 23 May 1998 Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver 17 – 15  Canada
25 28 June 1997 Boxer Stadium, San Francisco, California 11 – 22  Canada 1997 Pacifc-Rim Championship
24 10 May 1997 Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver 53 – 12  Canada
23 18 September 1996 Mohawk Sports Park, Hamilton, Ontario 23 – 18  Canada 1996 Pan-American Championship
22 18 May 1996 Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver 24 – 20  Canada 1996 Pacifc-Rim Championship
21 11 May 1996 Boxer Stadium, San Francisco, California 19 – 12  United States
20 9 September 1995 Fletcher's Fields, Markham, Ontario 14 – 15  United States
19 21 May 1994 George Allen Field, Long Beach, California 10 – 15  Canada
18 19 June 1993 Twin Elm Rugby Park, Ottawa, Ontario 20 – 9  Canada
17 13 June 1992 Denver 9 – 32  Canada
16 8 June 1991 Kingsland, Calgary 34 – 15  Canada
15 9 June 1990 Chief Sealth, Seattle 14 – 12  United States
14 23 September 1989 Stanley Park, Vancouver 21 – 3  Canada 1991 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers
13 11 June 1988 Saranac Lake Park, New York 28 – 16  United States
12 14 November 1987 Royal Athletic Park, Victoria, British Columbia 20 – 12  Canada
11 10 May 1987 Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver 33 – 9  Canada
10 8 November 1986 Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona 16 – 27  Canada
9 16 November 1985 Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver 21 – 10  Canada
8 9 June 1984 Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana 21 – 1  United States
7 11 June 1983 Sports Complex, Burnaby 15 – 9  Canada
6 12 June 1982 Bleecker Stadium, New York 3 – 3 Draw
5 6 June 1981 Kingsland, Calgary 6 – 3  Canada
4 8 June 1980 Saranac Lake Park, New York 0 – 16  Canada
3 9 June 1979 Varsity Stadium, Toronto[2] 19 – 12  Canada
2 28 May 1978 Baltimore, Maryland 12 – 7  United States
1 21 May 1977 Swangard Stadium, British Columbia 17 – 6  Canada

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Final bow for Churchill Cup
  2. ^ Vivian Jenkins, ed. (1980). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1980-81. Queen Anne Press. p. 56. ISBN 0362020183.