September 6, 2016
Americas Rugby Championship 2017 Match Dates
This article is based on USA Rugby Release by Nick Sero.
The Americas Rugby Championship provided high performance opportunities for the National teams from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and the Argentina XV . These six nations will begin 2017 play on February 4 over five consecutive weekends. The teams rank between 7th and 35th in the World Rugby Rankings.
USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said “We are excited to be back for year two of the Americas Rugby Championship. This competition is incredibly important for the growth of the game across the Americas, and right here in the USA, specifically. It is one more opportunity for the youth to watch top-tier rugby in their backyard and fall in love with the sport. We relish these opportunities for kids across the country to be able to see the best the USA has to offer, and hopefully imagine themselves suiting up for the Eagles someday.”
“The Americas Rugby Championship also provides a great opportunity for the Men’s Eagles to get better, together. Of course it is always great for them to be able to play in front of their home crowd too.”
“The Lone Star state provided an amazing atmosphere of support for our Eagles last year. We’re coming back as a result and we’re excited for an even increased fan presence in year two! We will see you in Austin and San Antonio, Eagles Fans.”
Americas Rugby Championship Chairman Augustin Pichot supported Payne’s statements about the importance of the continental competition, saying: “The 2016 Americas Rugby Championship was very positive for the development of players and participating teams in a well run and supported tournament,”
“Competition is key for the growth of the game and to have a continental tournament such as this is one of our key goals in Americas Rugby, which is very much aligned with World Rugby’s view for a more meaningful calendar for all Unions. The ARC will be an important part of this and will certainly grow in prominence.”
This year’s round-robin tournament will reverse the home venues. In the opening round USA hosts Uruguay, Canada the Argentina XV and Brazil hosts Chile.
Greg Peters, Chairman of the ARC Advisory Panel, from the Unión Argentina de Rugby, said: “Match venues will be announced in due course, as each Union is working tirelessly to ensure the benefits of hosting an ARC game are clear for fans and players. We are all excited to be able to announce the schedule of games so far ahead before the first ball is kicked.”
The Americas Rugby Championship consists of fifteen matches during five weeks. As such, a broadcast deal is anticipated. “We are very close to sealing a very important pan continental deal to ensure that these very exciting games are available throughout the Americas.”
“The standard of rugby available and the fact that each individual country has grown the profile of the game within its boundaries means the Americas Rugby Championship is an interesting prospect. We are delighted that things are moving in the right direction and that we are close to having this broadcast coverage finalised,” concluded Peters.
Venue and ticketing information will be released in due course.
Americas Rugby Championship 2017 match schedule:
Saturday, February 4
Canada v Argentina XV
Brazil v Chile
USA v Uruguay (San Antonio, TX)
Saturday, February 11
Argentina XV v Uruguay
USA v Brazil (Austin, TX)
Canada v Chile
Saturday February 18
Chile v Argentina XV
Uruguay v Brazil
Canada v USA
Saturday February 25
Argentina XV v Brazil
Uruguay v Canada
Chile v USA
Saturday, March 4
Argentina XV v USA
Brazil v Canada
Uruguay v Chile