Wednesday, September 7, 2016

USA Selects To Play In New Americas Pacific Challenge

The long-rumored fall competition involving 'A' sides from the U.S., Canada, Argentina, and Uruguay has been confirmed by World Rugby. Picking up from the old Americas Rugby Championship the new Americas Pacific Challenge will also include not only the 'A' sides from the four teams above but also Samoa A and the Fiji Warriors. The tournament will be held entire in Montevideo, Uruguay from 8-16 October. The U.S. will open up against the Fiji Warriors on October 8th. They will then face Canada A on October 12th before finishing up against Uruguay A on October 16th.

The tournament will be used as a selection vehicle for the Eagles November tour just like the old ARC did. Because it is an 'A' side tournament it is very unlikely that players playing professionally overseas will be involved. Instead, it's going to be players that played in PRO Rugby last summer as well as club players (Note: this is also another reason why some PRO Rugby players may not play for their clubs this fall. A player could in theory have played in the ARC, the June internationals, PRO Rugby, the Pacific Challenge, and the November internationals in one year.).

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The Eagles are expected to have a training camp prior to the tournament. 

World Rugby Vice-Chairman Agustín Pichot said in a press release: "The Americas Pacific Challenge is part of World Rugby's strategy to enhance the performance pathway for tier-two teams in a Rugby World Cup cycle. With teams already preparing for Rugby World Cup 2019 as well as the upcoming November test schedule, the APC will give teams an opportunity to bring through young players and give competitive game time to players who want to step up to the next level. With the buzz from rugby still resonating after the Olympics in Rio, this gives us another opportunity to bring international tournaments to the region and really grow the game in South America.”

Unión de Rugby del Uruguay President Sebastian Piñeyrua added in the same press release: "The APC will be a great chance for Uruguay to continue developing rugby in the country. The six-team tournament is an exciting challenge, not only for our players, but also for our rugby community. This competition for our A team, outside the international window, will help prepare new players and it's another step to ensure strong competition for tier-two unions. We'd like to thank World Rugby for this great opportunity."

October 8th

Argentina XV vs. Canada A
USA Selects vs. Fiji Warriors
Samoa A vs. Uruguay A

October 12th

Samoa A vs. Fiji Warriors
USA Selects vs. Canada A
Argentina XV vs. Uruguay A

October 16th

Samoa A vs. Canada A
USA Selects vs. Uruguay A
Argentina XV vs. Fiji Warriors

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