Americas Rugby Championship

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Americas Rugby Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016 Americas Rugby Championship
AmericasRugbyChampionship.png
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2009
(reinaugurated 2016)
No. of teams 6
Country Argentina Argentina XV
 Brazil
 Canada
 Chile
 United States
 Uruguay
Most recent
champion(s)
Argentina Argentina XV
(6th title)
Most titles Argentina Argentina XV
(6 titles)

The Americas Rugby Championship, often informally called the Americas' Six Nations, is an annual international rugby tournament between six North and South American nations: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the United States and Uruguay.[1]

The inaugural Americas Rugby Championship (organised by World Rugby) was in 2009, where national, regional and development teams from North and South America competed for the title. However, in 2015, it was announced that from 2016, the competition will re-form under the guidance of the Americas Rugby Association and the respective unions, to provide Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the United States, and Uruguay with five additional rankings tests annually. The tournament, described by the organizers as the 'inaugural' edition of the 'new' tournament, is based around the structure of the European Six Nations Championship, coinciding with each other in February and March of each year.[2] The tournament will be the first competitive tournament to be held across the SudaméricaRAN region since the PARA Pan American Championship that was ceased in 2003. While the tournament is no longer organized by World Rugby, they will continue to support the tournament and have granted all matches test match status, with caps awarded for every match, though matches including the Argentina XV will not affect the World Rugby Rankings.[3]

History[edit]

First edition[edit]

Originally formed in 2009 by World Rugby (formally the International Rugby Bored) to replace the North America 4 Series, was created to give the newly formed Canadian regions more competitive matches against strong opposition from the second teams of the United States and Argentina. The winner of the inaugural Canadian Rugby Championship, BC Bears, went onto compete on the international stage, playing the winner of the international semi-final match between USA Select XV and Argentina Jaguars. The Argentina Jaguars defeated the BC Bears 35–11 in the final to capture the tournament's first title.[4]

Second and third editions[edit]

In 2010, the tournament was cut from 6 to 4 teams, scrapping the Canadian Division part of the tournament to create a solely international based tournament for development sides. The USA Select XV and Argentina Jaguars were joined by the second team from Tonga, and a Canada Selects side made up of the top players in the 2010 CRC season.[5] Each team played each other once in a round-robin format, gaining 4 points for a win, with the team on the most points at the end winning the title.[6]

The tournament returned in 2012, haven not taken place in 2011 due to the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The tournament kept the same format as 2010, however the national side of Uruguay joined the tournament replacing Tonga A, though in 2014, Uruguay sent their second team Charrúas XV. Argentina Jaguars went onto win every tournament between 2012 and 2014.

Current edition[edit]

The tournament was not held in 2015 because of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In 2016, the tournament was relaunched and expanded to six teams with the inclusion of Brazil and Chile. Unlike the previous single-site tournament featuring lesser sides, the new tournament will be held in February and March, concurrently with the European Six Nations Championship. Like the European championship, teams will play both home and away, whereas players from European clubs will be available.[7]

Format[edit]

Played annually, the format of the Championship is simple: each team plays every other team once in a round-robin format, making for a total of 15 matches played across the tournament. For each win, a team picks up 4 points and 2 for a draw. The team with the most points at the end wins the title. Unlike previous ARC', overseas based players are available for selection, while Argentina will mainly only select provincial and domestic players that are not part of their Super Rugby Jaguares side.

Teams[edit]

Current teams[edit]

Past teams[edit]

Previous winners[edit]

Year Teams Champions Games
played
Games
won
Games
drawn
Games
lost
Points
for
Points
against
Points
difference
Bonus
points
Table
points
2009 6 Argentina Argentina Jaguars NA
2010 4 Argentina Argentina Jaguars 3 3 0 0 122 46 +76 2 14
2012 4 Argentina Argentina Jaguars 3 3 0 0 88 22 +66 1 13
2013 4 Argentina Argentina Jaguars 3 3 0 0 84 23 +61 2 14
2014 4 Argentina Argentina Jaguars 3 3 0 0 111 32 +79 3 15
2016 6 Argentina Argentina XV 5 4 1 0 207 99 +108 4 22

Past results[edit]

Season Stadium Location Champion Score Runner-up
2009 Fletcher's Fields Markham, Ontario, Canada Argentina Argentina Jaguars 35–11 Canada BC Bears
2010 Estadio Olímpico Chateau Carreras Córdoba, Argentina Argentina Argentina Jaguars Round Robin  Canada A
2012 Westhills Stadium Langford, British Columbia, Canada Argentina Argentina Jaguars Round Robin  Canada A
2013 Westhills Stadium Langford, British Columbia, Canada Argentina Argentina Jaguars Round Robin United States USA Selects
2014 Westhills Stadium Langford, British Columbia, Canada Argentina Argentina Jaguars Round Robin United States USA Selects
2016 Various (3/2 home games, 2/3 away games) Argentina Argentina XV Round Robin  United States

All-time results table[edit]

Nation Number of appearances Games Wins Losses Best result
Argentina Argentina XV (Jaguars) 6 19 18 0 Champions: (5) 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
 Uruguay 4 11 4 10 3rd place: 2012
 United States 1 5 2 2 Runner-up: 2016
 Canada 1 5 3 2 3rd place: 2016
 Brazil 1 5 1 4 5th place: 2016
 Chile 1 5 1 4 6th place: 2016
United States USA Selects 5 14 4 10 Runner-up: 2013, 2014
 Canada A (Selects) 4 12 6 6 Runner-up: 2010 & 2012
 Tonga A 1 3 0 3 4th place: 2010
Canada BC Bears 1 5 4 1 Runner-up: 2009
Canada Ontario Blues 1 5 2 3 3rd place: 2009
Canada Prairie Wolf Pack 1 3 1 2 6th place: 2009
Canada The Rock 1 3 1 2 5th place: 2009

Updated to after 2016 Americas Rugby Championship

Results by nation[edit]

Nation Years represented Champions Runner-up
Argentina Argentina 6 6 0
Brazil Brazil 1 0 0
Canada Canada 6 0 3
Chile Chile 1 0 0
Tonga Tonga 1 0 0
United States United States 6 0 3
Uruguay Uruguay 4 0 0

Updated to after 2016 Americas Rugby Championship

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