Americas Rugby Championship

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Americas Rugby Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 Americas Rugby Championship
AmericasRugbyChampionship.png
SportRugby union
Founded2009
(reinaugurated 2016)
No. of teams6
CountryArgentina Argentina XV
 Brazil
 Canada
 Chile
 United States
 Uruguay
Most recent
champion(s)
 United States
(2nd title)
Most titles United States
(2 titles) (Since reinauguration)

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 current international tournament is the second format of the competition to bear the name.

The original Americas Rugby Championship (organised by World Rugby) was inaugurated in 2009, when national, regional and development teams from North and South America competed for the title. In 2015, however, it was announced that from 2016, the competition would 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 on 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 conception[edit]

Originally formed in 2009 by World Rugby (then known as the International Rugby Board) 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, having 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 conception[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]

Americas Rugby Challenge[edit]

A second competition, the Americas Rugby Challenge or ARCh was confirmed in August 2018, to be played in August and September. The inaugural competition took place at the Estadio Cincuentenario in Medellín, Colombia from August 24 to September 01.[8]

The new competition brought together Rugby Americas North (RAN) and Sudamérica Rugby, following the example of the Americas Rugby Championship, The Americas Rugby Challenge is officially the ‘B’ competition for the ARC.

As with the Americas Rugby Championship, the new Americas Rugby Challenge saw all competing countries playing against each other. The first edition of the competition was a Four Nations tournament with Rugby Americas North and Sudamérica Rugby both having two representatives each. [9]

The host nation of Colombia were joined by Sudamérica Rugby rivals Paraguay. Guyana and Mexico represented Rugby Americas North.[8]

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
2017 6  United States 5 4 1 0 215 96 +119 4 22
2018 6  United States 5 5 0 0 197 68 +129 4 24

Past results[edit]

First Conception
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
Second Conception
Season Stadium Location Champion Score Runner-up
2016 Various (3/2 home games, 2/3 away games) Argentina Argentina XV Round Robin  United States
2017 Various (3/2 home games, 2/3 away games)  United States Round Robin Argentina Argentina XV
2018 Various (3/2 home games, 2/3 away games)  United States Round Robin Argentina Argentina XV

All-time results table[edit]

Nation Appearances Games Wins Draws Losses Best result
Argentina Argentina XV (Jaguars) 8 29 26 2 1 Champions: (6) 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
 Uruguay 6 21 10 14 3rd place: 2012, 2017, 2018
 United States 3 15 11 2 2 Champions: 2017, 2018
 Canada 3 15 6 9 3rd place: 2016
 Brazil 3 15 4 11 4th place: 2017
 Chile 3 15 1 14 6th place: 2016, 2017, 2018
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 2018 Americas Rugby Championship

Results by nation[edit]

Nation Years represented Champions Runner-up
Argentina Argentina 8 6 2
Brazil Brazil 3 0 0
Canada Canada 8 0 3
Chile Chile 3 0 0
Tonga Tonga 1 0 0
United States United States 8 2 3
Uruguay Uruguay 6 0 0

Updated to after 2018 Americas Rugby Championship

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Americas Six Nations to Start in February - Americas Rugby News". Americas Rugby News. September 4, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "Inaugural Americas Rugby Championship schedule released, U.S. venues announced". USA Rugby. Archived from the original on 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  3. ^ Wins would serve Uruguay and Chile well in Americas Rugby Championship
  4. ^ JAGUARS WIN INAUGURAL ARC TITLE
  5. ^ ARC SET TO KICK-OFF TUESDAY NIGHT IN ARGENTINA
  6. ^ 2010 ARC A SUCCESS AHEAD OF FINAL DAY
  7. ^ Rugby World’s guide to the Americas Rugby Championship
  8. ^ a b Historic Americas Rugby Challenge Confirmed for August and September, from americasrugbynews.com
  9. ^ World Rugby announces ARCh teams and logo

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