World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge

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Americas Pacific Challenge
World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge logo.png
SportRugby Union
Inaugural season2016
CountriesArgentina XV
Canada A
Tonga A
Samoa A
Uruguay A
USA Selects
Most recent
champion(s)
Samoa A (2018)
Most titlesArgentina XV (2)

The World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge is a rugby union tournament that serves as a development competition for Americas and Pacific island nations. The competition has been hosted by the Uruguayan Rugby Union since 2016, with all games played in Montevideo.[1]

The Americas Pacific Challenge (APC) was first contested in October 2016 by the national 'A' teams of Argentina, Canada, Fiji, Samoa, Uruguay and United States.[2] Tonga took the place of the Fijian team for the 2017 competition,[3] and retained that place in 2018.[4]

The APC is funded by World Rugby.[1] Prior to its creation, two teams from the Americas had played in the Pacific Challenge.[5] This was reversed in 2016 with two Pacific Island teams joining the inaugural APC [6] which effectively replaced the previous format of the Americas Rugby Championship.[7] The tournament serves as a venue for developing and preparing players for participation with their senior national teams during international tests,[8] and in the Rugby World Cup qualification cycle.[9]

Format[edit]

The Americas Pacific Challenge uses a split pool format wherein the six competing teams are divided into two pools of three.[10] Each team plays one match against each of the teams in the opposite pool.[10] The tournament's winner is decided based upon the number of points accumulated from each match.[10]

Teams[edit]

Current teams[edit]

There are six teams that compete in the Americas Pacific Challenge: [a]

Past team[edit]

Winners[edit]

Year # of
Teams
Winner Runner-up Venue
2016 6 Argentina Argentina XV Fiji Fiji Warriors Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo
2017 6 Argentina Argentina XV United States USA Selects Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo
2018 6  Samoa A Argentina Argentina XV Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Except where noted, the current teams have contested all tournaments from 2016 onwards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Americas Pacific Challenge set for October kick-off in Uruguay". World Rugby. July 9, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "2016 Americas Pacific Challenge". Americas Rugby News. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "2017 Americas Pacific Challenge". Americas Rugby News. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 Americas Pacific Challenge". Americas Rugby News. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Rugby World Cup places on offer in Pacific Challenge". Radio New Zealand. March 10, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Americas Pacific Challenge – Round 3 Preview". Americas Rugby News. October 15, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "World Rugby confirms Americas Pacific Challenge". Americas Rugby News. September 7, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "Uruguay 'A' beats Canada 'A' at World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge". TSN. Montevideo, Uruguay. The Canadian Press. October 6, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Rowe, James (September 20, 2018). "USA Selects Americas Pacific Challenge Roster Announced". The Runner Sports. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 Match Schedule Announced". USA Rugby. August 22, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.