|2014 IRB AMERICAS RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
|Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Submitted by Jeff Hull
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2014
RUGBY CANADA TO HOST 2014 IRB AMERICAS RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP IN LANGFORD
Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence to host USA Selects, Uruguay, Argentina Jaguars and Canada ‘A‘ for three game nights
LANGFORD, BC – Tickets for the hugely popular America's Rugby Championship are now on sale! Tickets to the 3-day event are available here! Rugby Canada is very excited to once again host the international tournament at the Canadian Centre of Excellence in Langford, games this year will be played on Saturday October 11th, Wednesday October 15th to Sunday October 19th.
The ARC has been a hugely popular event on the Canadian rugby calendar, ever since the IRB granted Rugby Canada hosting rights to the tournament in 2012.
Now, for the third straight year, the British Columbia rugby community will have the chance to witness elite international level rugby action, as Canada “A” will take on teams from the United States and Uruguay, as well as the four-time defending champion Argentina Jaguars.
This year’s competition will kickoff on October 11th, with additional match days on October 15th and 19th. The first and third game days will kick off at 2:30pm and 4:30pm to allow families to have more opportunity to attend the matches, while the mid-week game night is set for 6pm and 8pm respectively.
Rugby Canada General Manager Mike Chu was quick to point out that support Rugby Canada receives from the City of Langford and the Greater Victoria area has been and continues to be, outstanding.
“It’s so important for Canada to be able to host events like this, and the year-round support we get from those in Langford and the Greater Victoria area is a huge part of that success. I know that support will continue when this tournament comes back for its third consecutive year,” said Chu from Langford.
In past years, Canada has fielded a mix of veteran as well as up-and-coming players in the ARC, many of who have gone on to represent their country at the Under-20 World Junior Trophy, on the IRB Sevens Series or even with the National Senior Men’s Team. This year, however, Chu believes there is extra opportunity available to players to make an impression on national team selectors.
“If you look at our schedule between now and the 2015 Rugby World Cup, we will be following a progression from this year’s Canadian Rugby Championship (C.R.C.), to the ARC to the 2014 Fall Tour. The next time we assemble after that will be the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup, so that means that that every game between now and then is crucial for World Cup selection,” added Chu.
“Our coaches need to see players put their hand up against strong competition. Argentina, for example, uses some of the same players for the ARC, as they do in the Rugby Championship against the likes of New Zealand and South Africa, so it’s a great test for our athletes.”
One player who will likely be looking to help lead Canada on the field and continue making his own impression is Niagara Falls, Ontario’s Ray Barkwill. The Canada hooker knows full well the standard of competition the ARC brings, and is looking forward to the challenge posed by the rugby nations that will be travelling to British Columbia.
“The ARC is a great tool to keep playing fast-paced, quality games and to test your skill set at a higher level or to gain your opportunity at playing at the full international level,” said Barkwill.
“The competition from USA, Argentina and Uruguay brings very good set piece work and a skill set of very high quality, which is a step up from playing club rugby in Canada. I’m looking forward to it, as I know it’s going to be a great display of rugby.”
All games from the 2014 IRB Americas Rugby Championship will be streamed LIVE on www.rugbycanada.tv
Make sure to follow Rugby Canada on Social Media for up-to-the-minute information.
2014 IRB AMERICAS RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:
OCTOBER 11 – GAME DAY ONE:
USA vs. Argentina at 2:30pm local time (5:30pm ET)
Canada vs. Uruguay at 4:30pm local time (7:30pm PT)
OCTOBER 15 – GAME DAY TWO:
Uruguay vs. Argentina at 6pm local time (9pm ET)
Canada vs. USA at 8pm local time (11pm ET)
OCTOBER 19 – GAME DAY THREE:
Uruguay vs. USA at 2:30pm local time (5:30pm ET)
Canada vs. Argentina at 4:30pm local time (7:30pm PT)