2008 Churchill Cup

The 2008 Churchill Cup took place between 7 June and 21 June 2008 in what was the sixth year of the Churchill Cup. Six rugby union teams took part: Canada, England Saxons, Ireland A, Scotland A, the USA, and an Argentinian XV.

Participation

The entry of an Argentinian XV into the competition stems from a decision by the New Zealand Rugby Union not to assemble its 'A' team, the Junior All Blacks, in 2008;[1] as a consequence, the New Zealand Māori, who have taken part in the last three Churchill Cup tournaments, replaced the Juniors in the Pacific Nations Cup and were not available for the Churchill Cup.[2]

Format

The teams were split into two pools of three teams each. Within each pool, the teams played one another once. All six teams participated in a finals day: the two pool winners competed in the final for the Churchill Cup, the two runners-up played in a Plate final, and the two bottom-placed teams competed for a Bowl.

Venues

After the 2007 tournament, which was the first to be played outside of North America, the 2008 tournament returned to North America again. The pool games were played at three venues in Ontario, Canada: Fletcher's Fields, Markham; Twin Elm Rugby Park, Nepean; and Richardson Memorial Stadium, Kingston. Finals Day took place at Toyota Park, Chicago.

Fixtures

USA Pool

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 England Saxons2200962274210
2 Ireland A210158431515
3 United States200219108-8900
2008-06-07
14:00
England Saxons  62 10  United States


2008-06-14
14:00
Ireland A  12 34  England Saxons

Canada Pool

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 Scotland A2200513417210
2 Argentinian XV21014143-226
3 Canada20022641-1511
2008-06-07
16:30
Scotland A  24 10  Canada


2008-06-14
16:30
Argentinian XV  17 16  Canada

Finals

Bowl Final
2008-06-21
16:15
United States  10 26  Canada
Plate Final
2008-06-21
11:45
Argentinian XV  8 33  Ireland A
Cup Final
2008-06-21
14:00
England Saxons  36 19  Scotland A

See also

References

  1. "New Zealand Maori to join IRB Pacific Nations Cup". allblacks.com. 2007-09-26. Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  2. "NZ Maori joins IRB Pacific Nations Cup". IRB. 2007-09-26. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-01-17.

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