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The Americas Rugby Championship has existed in some form since 2009.

Before that, the IRB funded a cross-border competition called the NA4, which was designed to serve as a stepping stone between club or select play and international rugby.

During those times, the USA teams had their moments. The USA Falcons, for some reason, always did better than the USA Hawks, despite the fact the teams were chosen with the idea that they should be equal.

The Falcons won the pool play in 2006, but lost the final to Canada West, which won every single year the NA4 was held.

In 2008, the USA Falcons should have won the final, but were sorely treated by the guy with the whistle (you might think, given that we bring it up now, that we're still upset about it).

Since the ARC started, the USA has used the competition to quickly cobble together a group of players, many of whom are experiments, and the results have reflected that. But it's worth noting that Samu Manoa would not have made the Eagles in 2010 had there been no ARC, and had he not played for the Eagles in 2010, he would not have signed a short-term contract with Northampton which made him a start professional.

Below are the historical standings and knockout results from the NA4 (2006-2008) and ARC (2009-2012)

Historical Standings W L T
USA Teams 14 27 1
Canadian Teams 25 16 3
Argentina Teams 8 0 0
Others 1 5 0




(Includes games where one US team played another, or one Canadian team played another)


NA4 2006









W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
USA Falcons 3 2 0 145 113 32 4 1 17
Canada West 3 1 1 215 93 122 2 0 16
Canada East 2 2 1 134 111 23 2 1 13
USA Hawks 1 4 0 68 245 -177 1 0 5










Final








USA Falcons 20 31 Canada West














3rd/4th








USA Hawks 18 34 Canada East
























NA4 2007









W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
Canada West 4 1 0 122 91 31 2 0 18
USA Falcons 3 2 0 130 84 46 2 1 15
Canada East 2 3 0 114 117 -3 1 1 10
USA Hawks 1 4 0 93 167 -74 1 0 5










Final








Canada West 43 11 USA Falcons














3rd/4th








USA Hawks 34 29 Canada East
























NA4 2008









W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
Canada West 4 0 0 153 44 109 2 0 18
USA Falcons 3 1 0 98 113 -15 1 0 13
USA Hawks 1 3 0 68 122 -54 1 0 5
Canada East 0 4 0 68 108 -40 0 3 3










Final








Canada West 16 11 USA Falcons














3rd/4th








USA Hawks 17 17 Canada East












































ARC 2009








Argentina 57 10 USA Selects




BC 12 8 Ontario














Ontario 27 24 USA Selects














Argentina 35 11 BC
























1st Argentina








2nd British Columbia








3rd Ontario








4 USA Selects
















































ARC 2010









W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
Argentina Jaguars 3 0 0 122 46 76 2 0 14
Canada Selects 2 1 0 63 71 -8 1 0 9
USA Selects 1 2 0 38 77 -39 0 0 4
Tonga A 0 3 0 51 80 -29 0 1 1










ARC 2011 Not held, Rugby World Cup year




















ARC 2012









W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
Argentina Jaguars 3 0 0 88 22 66 1 0 13
Canada Selects 2 1 0 60 41 19 0 0 8
Uruguay 1 2 0 46 57 -11 0 0 4
USA Selects 0 3 0 14 88 -74 0 0 0