Americas Rugby Championship Referees & Broadcast Schedule

January 23, 2017

Americas Rugby Championship Referees & Broadcast Schedule


Doug Coil

Article based on USA Rugby Release: Jan. 20, 2017

The Americas Rugby Championship will feature matches between Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Uruguay and the United States. These matches will be held in eleven different cities starting on February 3 and ending on March 4.

Eight referees have been selected for the Americas Rugby Championship. The referees represent five of the six teams in the competition. The USA has two referees, with Kurt Weaver being assigned three of the matches and Derek Summers two.

Uruguayan Claudio Cativelli will be the referee for two of the matches, including the first game between Brazil’s Os Tupis and the Cóndores of Chile. Joaquín Montes, who is also from Uruguay, will referee his only match, on March 4 between Argentina XV and the USA.

Argentines Pablo Deluca and Damián Schneider will each referee two matches, while Brazilian Ricardo Sant’Anna and Canadian Chris Assmus will referee one each.

Kurt Weaver said “We look forward to the tournament and working with the teams and players. The quality of play and matchups were very strong last year and we anticipate a raised level for this coming year’s tournament. I know all the referees are working hard preparing for their matches and we are excited for the opportunity.”

The referees for the Americas Rugby Championship were appointed by World Rugby, while the assistant referees were appointed by the national unions. Seven of the referees also have assistant referee roles, while twenty other officials were added as assistant referees.

Referees were appointed by World Rugby whereas Assistant Referees are national union appointments and a positive way to promote local talent. Given the high stakes involved in the tournament, seven of the referees will also have assistant referee roles, with other 20 officials in that capacity added to the group.

Tournament Director Trevor Arnold said: “Players and coaches striving to compete in a ‘professional’ environment have to be supported by match day personnel (Referees, Assistant Referees, Technical Zone Personnel, Referee Performance Reviewers, Match Commissioners, Citing Commissioners and Judicial Officers) who also require opportunities to become more ‘professional’ in their roles.

“As such, we are delighted to be announcing such a good group of referees and assistants for our tournament. It is a privilege to be working with such a group and it ensures that the games will be in very good hands.”

Four of the five referees from 2016 are back, with Assmus, Montes, ,Schneider and Weaver gaining valuable experience from the inaugural tournament.

Broadcast schedule and standings for the Americas Rugby Championship CLICK HERE.

Date Time (ET) Network Away Home Site
Feb. 3 5:15 pm ESPN3 Chile Brazil Pacaembu Stadium
Feb. 4 4:00 pm The Rugby Channel Uruguay USA Toyota Field
Feb. 4 8:00 pm ESPN3 Argentina Canada Westhills Stadium
Feb. 5 8:30 pm ESPN2 (re-air) Uruguay USA Toyota Field
Feb. 11 5:10 pm ESPN3 Uruguay Argentina Estadio Villa Mitre
Feb. 11 7:00 pm The Rugby Channel Brazil USA Dell Diamond
Feb. 11 8:00 pm ESPN3 Chile Canada Westhills Stadium
Feb. 12 10:30 pm ESPN2 (re-air) Brazil USA Dell Diamond
Feb. 18 4:00 pm ESPN3 Argentina Chile Estadio CAP
Feb. 18 6:00 pm ESPN3 Brazil Uruguay Estadio Domingo Burgueno
Feb. 18 8:00 pm The Rugby Channel USA Canada Swangard Stadium
Feb. 20 12:00 am ESPN2 (re-air) USA Canada Swangard Stadium
Feb. 25 TBD The Rugby Channel USA Chile TBD
Feb. 25 3:40 pm ESPN3 Brazil Argentina Estadio Municipal
Feb. 25 6:00 pm ESPN3 Canada Uruguay Estadio Domingo Burgueno
Feb. 26 6:00 pm ESPN3 (re-air) USA Chile TBD
Mar. 3 4:15 pm ESPN3 Canada Brazil Pacaembu Stadium
Mar. 4 2:00 pm ESPN3 Chile Uruguay Estadio Charrua
Mar. 4 3:40 pm The Rugby Channel USA Argentina Estadio Municipal
Mar. 5 3:40 pm ESPN3 (re-air) USA Argentina Estadio Municipal

DJCoil Rugby covered this championship earlier this month in an article Americas Rugby Championship Matches & Broadcast Coverage.

At the USA Rugby National Development Summit in Baltimore, Maryland that was held January 13-15, 2017, I had the chance to interview Kurt Weaver for the DJCoil Rugby You Tube Channel. Click here for that interview.


Date Match Referee Assistants
Feb. 3 Brazil v. Chile Claudio Cativelli (Uruguay) Ricardo Sant’Anna and Murillo Bragotto (Brazil)
Feb. 4 USA v. Uruguay Chris Assmuss (Canada) Derek Summers and Scott Green (USA)
Feb. 4 Canada v. Argentina XV Kurt Weaver (USA) Harry Mason and Michael Jones (Canada)
Feb. 11 Argentina XV. Uruguay Kurt Weaver (USA) Damian Schneider and Santiago Altobelli (Argentina)
Feb. 11 USA v. Brazil Pablo Deluca (Argentina) Scott Green and Jim Rogers (USA)
Feb. 11 Canada v. Chile Derek Summers (USA) Doug Hamre and Robin Kaluzniak (Canada)
Feb. 18 Chile v. Argentina XV Ricardo Santa’Anna (Brazil) Francisco Saavedra and Luis Diaz (Chile)
Feb. 18 Uruguay v. Brazil Pablo Deluca (Argentina) Joaquin Montes and Francisco Gonzalez (Uruguay)
Feb. 18 Canada v. USA Damien Schneider (Argentina) David Smortchevsky and David Crisp (Canada)
Feb. 25 Chile v. USA Ricardo Sant’Anna (Brazil) Frank Mendez and Tomas Fernandez (Chile)
Feb. 25 Argentina XV v. Brazil Claudio Cativelli (Uruguay) Damien Schneider and Pablo Deluca (Argentina)
Feb. 25 Uruguay v. Canada Derek Summers (USA) Joaquin Montes and Rodrigo Goyret (Uruguay)
Mar. 3 Brazil v. Canada Damian Schneider (Argentina) Ricardo Sant’Anna and Murillo Bragotto (Brazil)
Mar. 4 Uruguay v. Chile Kurt Weaver (USA) Claudio Cativelli and Martin Bangueses (Uruguay)
Mar. 4 Argentina XV v. USA Joaquin Montes (Uruguay) Santiago Altobelli and Jose Covassi (Argentina)

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