Americas Rugby Championship

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Americas Rugby Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016 Americas Rugby Championship
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2009
(reinaugurated 2016)
No. of teams 6
Country  Argentina
 United States
Most recent champion(s) Argentina Argentina Jaguars
(5th title)
Most titles Argentina Argentina Jaguars
(5 titles)
Official website [1]

The Americas Rugby Championship is a name given to a number of rugby union competition contested by national and, formerly, regional teams from North and South America since 2009. In 2015, it was announced that from 2016 a six team international competition of that name, based on the Six Nations structure and described by the organisers as the 'inaugural' edition of the 'new' tournament, would be contested between United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.[1]

Previous incarnations

First edition

The inaugural season of the competition that became the ARC was held in September and October 2009. The round-robin competition amongst the Canadian teams ended with the BC Bears and Ontario Blues qualifying for the Canadian Semi-Final, which was won by the Bears. The Argentina Jaguars and USA Select XV played in the other semi-final, in which the Jaguars were victorious. The Argentina Jaguars defeated the BC Bears 35-11 in the final to capture the tournament's first title.

Second and third editions

The second season began in September 2010. The tournament was quite different from the previous format. The tournament was cut from 6 teams to 4. The tournament also replaced the 4 Canadian teams with a Canada A side, chosen from Canadian Rugby Championship participants, and the Tonga A.[2] The tournament was played entirely in Córdoba, Argentina.

The tournament was not held in 2011 due to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, but returned in 2012. The 2012 tournament replaced Tonga with Uruguay, and was held in Langford, British Columbia between 12 and 20 October.[3]

Current Format

The tournament was not held in 2015 because of the Rugby World Cup. In 2016 it will be expanded to six teams with the inclusion of Brazil and Chile. It will be held in February and March, concurrently with the Six Nations. Like the European championship, teams will play both home and away, whereas players from European clubs will be available.


Current teams

Past teams

Past results

Season Stadium Location Champion Score Runner-up
2009 Fletcher's Fields Markham, Ontario, Canada Argentina Argentina XV 35–11 Canada BC Bears
2010 Estadio Olímpico Chateau Carreras Córdoba, Argentina Argentina Argentina XV N.A.  Canada A
2012 Westhills Stadium Langford, British Columbia, Canada Argentina Argentina XV N.A.  Canada A
2013 Westhills Stadium Langford, British Columbia, Canada Argentina Argentina XV N.A. United States USA Selects
2014 Westhills Stadium Langford, British Columbia, Canada Argentina Argentina XV 41-14 United States USA Selects

All-time results table

Current to 2013.

Nation Number of appearances Games Wins Losses Best result
Argentina Argentina XV 4 11 11 0 Champions: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
United States USA Selects 4 11 3 8 Runner-up: 2013, 2014
 Canada A (Selects) 3 9 5 4 Runner-up: 2010 & 2012
 Uruguay 2 6 2 4 3rd place: 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
  • In 2009, the Argentina Jaguars beat Canada A in an exhibition match not listed in this table.

Results by nation

Nation Years represented Champions Runner-up
Argentina Argentina 5 5 0
Canada Canada 5 0 3
Tonga Tonga 1 0 0
United States United States 5 0 2
Uruguay Uruguay 3 0 0

See also

Notes and references

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