WAYNE – From middle school competition to High School girls national championship rugby, this weekend in Wayne America will offer plenty of rugby action.
For the past handful of years, head Wayne State College rugby coach Darrin Barner has traveled across the United States attending several high school national championship matches. After just missing out on hosting the past few years, Wayne was selected as the host for the high school girls national championships for 15s rugby this weekend.
“We’re talking major cities here,” said Barner. “You know San Diego is coming here. So, when they come here, they’re going to see Americana. So, there’s a little to do with tourism on this thing. You got a lot of parents that are coming here; a lot of grandpas and grandmas.”
A preliminary round robin will take place on Friday, May 20 between 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday will feature middle school teams between Sacramento Amazons (CA) vs. Majestic (UT) at 1:30 p.m., the consolation round at 3 p.m. and the national championships for high school girls 15s rugby at 5 p.m.
High School Final Four teams include San Diego Mustangs (CA); Sacramento Amazons (CA), Utah United (UT) and Salt Lake City Majestic (UT).
“These teams are very, very dominant in high school rugby,” Barner added. “I mean we are saying certainly all Division I players. There are girls that will be coming out of here and being Olympians. These teams put out the very best in high school rugby.”
All matches will be played at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Wayne State College. Admission is free and being paid for by Major League Rugby (MLR).
Coach Barner mentioned this will be a knockout, drag out event.
“It’s going to be very exciting,” Barner mentioned. “With the round robin, they all get to taste the flavor of every team because everybody is going to play everybody once on Friday. The two teams that come out with the best record is going to be playing Saturday at 5 o’clock for the national championships game.”
The Rugby Network will also provide a live broadcast during the games on Saturday.
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