ARC Referee Assignments 2017

January 21 2017


Chris Assmus - BC referee on the rise
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Referee Match Assignments for ARC: USA 5, Argentina 4, Uruguay 3, Brazil 2, Canada 1, Chile 0


posted Jan 21 2017

Canada only landed one ref in one game at the ARC, that's BC's Chris Assmus who will take charge of the USA v Uruguay match. USA have the largest number of assignments, five matches by two referees.

If these appointments are a reflection of World Rugby's depth chart for referees then Kurt Weaver (3) in particular and the USA (5) in general are well ahead of the game in developing match officials. Canada is near the bottom with only Chile with no representation coming lower.

Further Updates on Americas Referees

Chris Assmus will also be reffing the Vegas and Vancouver 7s along with Mike O'Brien (USA) and Pablo Deluca (Argentina). Chris Assmus will be in Hong Kong along with Pablo Deluca. Damián Schneider (Argentina) was in Dubai and South Africa and will be in Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and London.

from Rugby Canada

Kurt Weaver, from the USA, will referee three of fifteen games in the second edition of the Americas Rugby Championship. In all, eight referees from five of the competing teams will control games from February 3, when Uruguayan Claudio Cativelli signals the start of the first game in Sao Paulo between Os Tupis and the Cóndores of Chile, all the way to the final whistle to be blown by Joaquín Montes, also from Uruguay, in Comodoro Rivadavia on March 4, when Argentina XV and USA could possibly decide the champion team.

Cativelli is one of five referees designated to control two games – the others being Argentines Pablo Deluca and Damián Schneider, Derek Summers from the USA and Brazilian Ricardo Sant’Anna. Montes and Canadian Chris Assmus will referee one each.

Referees were appointed by World Rugby whereas Assistant Referees are national union appointments and a positive way to promote local talent. Given the high stakes involved in the tournament, seven of the referees will also have assistant referee roles, with other 20 officials in that capacity added to the group.

The Americas Rugby Championship is expected to deliver an increased number of international fixtures for American nations in every four year cycle, giving teams the opportunity to prepare for upcoming Rugby World Cups by scheduling a reliable program of International fixtures to supplement the International fixtures already scheduled.

Tournament Director Trevor Arnold said: “Players and coaches striving to compete in a “professional” environment have to be supported by match day personnel (Referees, Assistant Referees, Technical Zone Personnel, Referee Performance Reviewers, Match Commissioners, Citing Commissioners and Judicial Officers) who also require opportunities to become more “professional” in their roles.”

“As such, we are delighted to be announcing such a good group of referees and assistants for our tournament.”

“It is a privilege to be working with such a group and it ensures that the games will be in very good hands.”

Four of the five referees that controlled games in 2016 are back, with Montes, Assmus, Schneider and Weaver banking on the experience of the inaugural tournament.

“Experience is crucial and we are delighted with the group of officials designated by World Rugby and their assistants provided by the home union at each game,” concluded Arnold.

Friday, February 3

Brazil v Chile – Estadio do Pacaembu, Sao Paulo. Kick-off: 8.15PM

Referee: Claudio Cativelli (Uruguay). Assistant Referees: Ricardo Sant’Anna and Murillo Bragotto (Brazil)

Saturday, February 4

United States v Uruguay – Toyota Field, San Antonio, Texas. Kick-off: 3pm (central)

Referee: Chris Assmus (Canada). Assistant Referees: Derek Summers and Scott Green (USA)

Canada v Argentina XV – Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC. Kick-off: 5PM

Referee: Kurt Weaver (USA). Assistant Referees: Harry Mason and Michael Jones (Canada)

Saturday, February 11

Argentina XV v Uruguay – Estadio Villa Mitre, Bahía Blanca. Kick-off: 7.10PM

Referee: Kurt Weaver (USA). Assistant Referee: Damián Schneider and Santiago Altobelli (Argentina)

USA v Brazil – Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Austin, Texas. Kick-off: 6pm (central)

Referee: Pablo Deluca (Argentina). Assistant Referees: Scott Green and Jim Rogers (USA)

Canada v Chile – Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC. Kick-off: 5PM

Referee: Derek Summers (USA). Assistant Referees: Doug Hamre and Robin Kaluzniak (Canada)

Saturday February 18

Chile v Argentina XV– Estadio CAP Talcahuano, Talcahuao. Kick-off: 6PM

Referee: Ricardo Santa’Anna (Brasil). Assistant Referees: Francisco Saavedra and Luis Díaz (Chile)

Uruguay v Brazil – Campus Municipal de Maldonado. Kick-off: 8PM

Referee: Pablo Deluca (Argentina). Assistant Referees: Joaquín Montes and Francisco González (Uruguay)

Canada v USA – Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC. Kick-off: 5PM

Referee: Damián Schneider (Argentina). Assistant Referees: David Smortchevsky and David Crisp (Canada)

Saturday February 25

Chile v USA

Referee: Ricardo Sant’Anna (Brasil). Assistant Referees: Frank Méndez and Tomás Fernández (Chile)

Argentina XV v Brazil – Estadio Municipal Agustín Pichot, Ushuaia. Kick-off: 5.40PM

Referee: Claudio Cativelli (Uruguay). Assistant Referees: Damián Schneider and Pablo Deluca (Argentina)

Uruguay v Canada – Campus Municipal de Maldonado. Kick-off: 8PM

Referee: Derek Summers (USA). Assistant Referees: Joaquín Montes and Rodrigo Goyret (Uruguay)

Friday, March 3

Brazil v Canada – Estadio do Pacaembú, Sao Paulo. Kick-off: 7.15PM

Referee: Damián Schneider (Argentina). Assistant Referees: Ricardo Sant’Anna and Murilo Bragotto (Brasil)

Saturday, March 4

Uruguay v Chile – Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo. Kick-off: 4PM

Referee: Kurt Weaver (USA). Assistant Referees: Claudio Cativelli and Martín Bangueses (Uruguay)

Argentina XV v USA – Estadio Municipal, Comodoro Rivadavia. Kick-off: 5.40PM

Referee: Joaquín Montes (Uruguay). Assistant Referees: Santiago Altobelli and José Covassi (Argentina)

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