With the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship all done, and Argentina XV champions for the first time since 2016, we can take a look at the entire season—time for some awards:
First off, the stats. Here are your leading try-scorers:
2019 ARC Top Points-Scorers
2019 ARC Top Try-Scorers
A quick nod also to Canada's Gordon McRorie, who was the first player to pass 100 ARC points in his career. He came into the 2019 ARC with 99, and now has 124, with Reeves a distant second at 89.
Mike Te'o scored one try in the ARC and now has 10 overall, leading Joe Taufete'e (8) for the most all-time.
Argentina XV was so dominant you'd be hard-pressed to pull one player out as the best, while you could argue that one single player on a team further down the standings (Taufete'e or Reeves, for example). Has Brazil beaten the USA or Uruguay, then maybe Reeves would have earned the nod. Had the USA beaten Uruguay, then Taufete'e might have been our MVP.
But they didn't, and Argentina XV beat everybody. And the one player who made it all chug along brilliantly was scrumhalf Felipe Ezcurra. The 25-year-old Leicester Tiger is a smart player who knows who to use on attack, and can burn you on his own, as well. The Argentina XV machine worked thanks to him.
MVP: Felipe Ezcurra
This list was difficult to make, in part because in certain positions there were several strong players. Openside flanker, with Lautaro Bavaro, James Rumball, and Arthur Bergo was stacked. Flyhalf (Argentina's Martin Elias), hooker (Uruguay's German Kessler), and center (USA's Bryce Campbell) all had really good candidates.
Here's our list:
2019 FloRugby All-ARC 15
|13||Juan Manuel||Cat Piccardo||Uruguay|
Yes we missed a bunch of players who were very good. We had an honorable mention list but it got way too long. As we said, in some positions the talent was very deep.