The Americas Rugby Championship or the Americas’ Six Nations, is a rugby tournament, disputed between countries from the North and South America. The inaugural edition of this tournament took place in 2009, when the Pan-American teams, met for the first time in that competition. The structure of this tournament borrows many features from the European “Six Nations Championship”, things like timing and the organization. However, this was the most serious rugby tournament that ever took place on the American continents. The first edition of the Americas Rugby Championship was won by the Argentina Jaguars, after an intense game with BC Bears. The Argentines managed to win the final with 35 – 11 and won the first Americas Rugby Championship Title in history.
This tournament suffered some adjustments in 2010, when it was cut from 6 teams, to 4 of them. The tournament did not take place in 2011, due to the Rugby World Cup, but it returned in 2012. The organizers decided to return at the old structure, so now, the tournament has 6 participants again.
As we mentioned before, this tournament has six participants from six different countries. These countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, United States and Uruguay. Every country is ready to win this tournament, and the competition announces to be extremely harsh. Every team improved itself since last year and is ready to dethrone the current winner, Argentina XV.
Brazil Rugby Championship
Brazil is ready for a second participation at this tournament and it’s ready to turn the odds in their favor. After the last year’s disaster, when they only got the 5th place, they promise a new well-trained team, which is ready to win the title. Still, the Brazilian rugby union encountered an incredibly fast evolution. If in 2009 they didn’t even have a proper national team, today they are participating in the biggest American Rugby Tournament.
Chile Rugby Championship
This country is also a new comer for this competition. Even if last year they finished in the last place, the Chilean national team managed to win the South American Rugby Championship, just 2 years ago. The team managed to reach the 24th place in the Rugby World Ranking and they almost qualified for the latest World Cup. We’re just hoping that they are going to make a good impression this year.
Uruguay Rugby Championship
Uruguay was always considered an underdog in all the international competitions. However, in 2015 they produced the surprise and urged to qualify for the World Cup. Even if their team is mostly represented by amateur players, they managed to beat the odds and make a good impression in every competition so far. Their best result in the Americas Rugby Championship was the 3rd place, occupied in 2012.
Canada Rugby Championship
Despite having a very professional team, the Canadians encountered some disappointing results in the past. After a World Cup without a win and an Americas Rugby Championship in which they occupied just the 3rd place, they certainly have to make a change. As their coach says: “It’s pointless to have talented players if we cannot make them play as a team”.
Last winner of the Americas Rugby Championship – Argentina
Argentina XV is considered by many, the best Rugby team in the Americans continent. They simply crushed their competition in the Americas Rugby Championship and they managed to win all the editions. The team has two regular tournaments in which they play, allowing them to evaluate themselves and know what to improve. Their only true adversary might be represented by the United States, which was also the runner-up in the last edition of the ARC tournament.
Last runner-up of the Americas Rugby Championship – United States
After a poor performance at the 2015 World Cup, the Eagles managed to recover themselves and almost won the last edition of the ARC. Their national team bases almost entirely on players from European clubs and the next tournament will be a springboard for most of them. They certainly want to win this year tournament and to beat Argentina’s record.
Americas Rugby Championship TV telecast rights
The next edition of the Americas Rugby Championship will be available on TV and two of the most known sports channels will air it. ESPN and The Rugby channel already split their telecast rights and each of them will air 10 matches, some of them aired by both. These networks are internationally available and you can watch them even if you’re not from the United States.
How to watch Americas rugby championship 2017 Live online
However, if you don’t have access to any of the above mentioned networks, then internet is your friend. There are many online platforms which will air the matches themselves. If they don’t, they will offer free live-streaming from the TV channels that are airing the tournament. The most popular platforms are: [hahasports.co] and [batmanstream.com]. They are entirely free to use and can be accessed by anyone from around the world.
So get ready for the next American Rugby Championship, because it announces to be a great competition. Will Argentina maintain its record and win the 7th consecutive title? Will the United States manage to win for the first time? The tension is high and we can’t wait for the beginning of the tournament.