|TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND THE ARC IN OCTOBER
|Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Submitted by Jeff Hull
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As summer begins to fade away, the 2014 IRB Americas Rugby Championship at the home of Canadian Rugby in Langford, BC in October is fast approaching.
Here are our Top 10 Reasons for attending this year’s tournament.
The Rugby Championship – The Southern Hemisphere’s premier international competition – expanded to include Argentina in 2012. Since then, fans attending the IRB America’s Rugby Championship in British Columbia have had the opportunity to see live many of the stars who will take the field for Argentina against the All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies. Stars like Argentine hooker Julian Montoya and center Javier Rojas have won multiple caps for the Pumas, and will likely again lead their team onto the field at this year’s ARC.
Los Teros – The Uruguayan national men’s team – is one of the up and coming forces in global rugby. Over the course of a two game series, they pushed the United States the brink in Rugby World Cup qualifying and their World Cup dreams are still alive. They bring a physical and direct style that fans in Langford are sure to enjoy.
Canada’s U20 Stars On Display – Over the past several years, the ARC has seen a number of Canada’s finest U20 products test their mettle at the ARC level. Names like Jack Fitzpatrick and Djustice Sears-Duru know the standards of this international tournament well from their experiences in 2013.
British Columbia’s Best – Canada’s national men’s teams have always been well stocked from the assembly line within the B.C. rugby community. Although the roster has not been announced, the 2014 ARC tournament will be no different. If not competing in the Gold Coast 7s, stars like Adam Kleeberger, Conor Trainor and Sean White may lead a strong contingent of B.C. players this year who will have the opportunity to compete in front of their friends and family.
The Young Guns – Every October this country’s up and coming players are granted an opportunity to lay a marker down in front of the national team coaches against some of the best competition to be found. Possible players like CRC current points leader Gord McRorie, Kyle Gilmour and Jordan Wilson-Ross will have their chance to make a big impression and perhaps to win themselves a place on Canada’s November tour of Europe.
Wednesday Night Lights – As part of its continuing commitment to the Langford area, and the Vancouver Island rugby community, Rugby Canada is pleased to once again be able to offer mid-week evening games, beginning at six and eight o’clock, so that children and families can take in some of the best rugby action to be found on the continent.
Red Nation vs. Blue Nation – Canadian rugby players need no incentive to get up for matches versus their rivals from south of the border. After the razor close defeat against the Americans in California last June, Canada’s ARC team will be looking to exact some revenge on their home turf in Langford.
Canada’s Big Guns – For fans on the West Coast, this will be yet another opportunity to see some of this country’s established stars, after that thrilling match versus Japan in Burnaby last June. Look for Canada’s roster to be released at the end of the month!
The Countdown Is On – Canada has only a limited number of games left before departing for England and Pool D at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Three of those games will be taking place at the ARC in Langford, where once again huge crowds are expected.
The Crowd - Crowds at ARC games have been loud, passionate and incredibly supportive. The Langford and West Coast rugby communities always turn out in droves to support their beloved Canadian teams, and the 2014 ARC will be no exception. We hope to see you among the thousands that will pack the stands in Langford at this year’s ARC.
It should be an amazing show.
Jeff Hull is a contributor to Rugby Canada.
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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)