Pacific Rim Rugby Championship

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Pacific Rim Championship
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Epson Cup logo introduced in 1999
Sport Rugby union
Inaugural season 1996
Ceased 2001
No. of teams 6
Last champion(s)  Fiji  (2001)
Most titles  Canada  (3 times)

The Pacific Rim Rugby Championship, also known as the Epson Cup for sponsorship purposes,[1] was an international rugby union tournament contested by national teams from around the Pacific.[2] The championship was held annually between 1996 and 2001.

The competition was run by the International Rugby Board.[3] In the first three tournaments, Canada, United States, Japan and Hong Kong competed for the championship. The competition was expanded to six teams in 1999 with the Pacific Tri-Nations teams Fiji, Samoa and Tonga replacing Hong Kong for the last three tournaments.

Tournament winners

Year Winner Runner-up Third place Refs
1996  Canada  Hong Kong  United States [4]
1997  Canada  Hong Kong  Japan [5]
1998  Canada  Hong Kong  United States [6]
1999  Japan  Samoa  United States [7]
2000  Fiji  Samoa  Tonga [8]
2001  Fiji  Samoa  Japan [9]

Successor events

The Epson Cup series ended at the completion of the original sponsorship deal, but the Pacific Tri-Nations tournament continued for the next three years until the IRB expanded that competition to form the Pacific Nations Cup in 2006 (also known as the Pacific Six Nations).[10][11]

The Pacific Nations Cup, including Japan, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, was expanded again in 2012 with Canada and the United States joining the competition.[12]

The United States, Russia, China, Japan, and eventually Canada and Romania, played in the Super Powers Cup (later renamed the Super Cup) from 2003 to 2005.[13]

See also

References

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  13. "What a Week!". Nigel Melville Direct. 10 February 2009. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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