This weekend southern teams head north to claim trophies. Atlanta Old White and Life have an opportunity to change the reputation of rugby in the south. In France, Montpellier heads north to face Lyon in the Top14 Playoffs. The Ohio high school state championship matches will kickoff all the action this weekend at the Fortress Obetz.
2019 USA Rugby Club 15s Championships
The Austin Blacks are going to pull up to the Fortress Obetz with two full squads. They are trying to walk out with two national championship trophies. Neither Life nor Grand Rapids will be pushed around.
Two weeks ago Harrisburg’s Nicole Snyder scored eight tries in two matches. She’ll score against Sacramento, the question is how frequently.
Old White and Life are out to prove that quality rugby exists in the south. Olympic Club are dangerous at set piece. They bullied teams at the maul in Austin, but don’t expect the maul to be as successful against a beefy Old White forward pack.
Men's D1 Life Running Eagles vs Austin Blacks (Saturday June 1, 5pmET)
Women's D1 Austin Valkyries vs Northern Virginia (Saturday June 1, 7pmET)
Men's D3 Austin Blacks vs Grand Rapids (Sunday June 2, 11amET)
Men's D2 Atlanta Old White vs Olympic Club (Sunday June 2, 1pmET)
Women's D2 Harrisburg vs Sacramento Amazons (Sunday June 2, 3pmET)
2019 Rugby Ohio High School Championships
Ohio’s best high school clubs face off in the state championship matches as a perfect appetizer to the Men’s and Women’s club finals. The Fortress Obetz is a dream setting for a high school state championship. The St. Edward’s and St. Ignatius rivalry seems to get settled every year in the state final.
Ohio Boys HS D2: Avon Lake vs Toledo Celtics (Saturday June 1, 11amET)
Ohio Girls HS D1: St. Joseph's vs Walnut Hills (Saturday June 1, 1pmET)
Ohio Boys D1: St. Edward vs St. Ignatius (Saturday June 1, 3pmET)
Top 14 Playoffs
Racing 92 vs La Rochelle (Friday May 31st, 2pm CT)
The last time La Rochelle and Racing 92 played it was a 50-12 blowout victory for Racing. That was before owner Hans Peter-Wild called out his Racing players. That was before La Rochelle got hot. That was before Ronan O’Gara was rumored to be coming for the La Rochelle head coach job.
Lyon vs Montpellier (Saturday June 1st, 10am CT)
Montpellier just might be the hottest team in professional rugby and players are noticing. Handre Pollard is linked to Montpellier, the rich get richer. Lyon is the higher seed and the host.