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Action continues this weekend for some in the Men’s DII competition in Texas. For others, it is their first action of the season. Nearly half the league, including Oklahoma City and Little Rock, elected to play their entire league schedule in the spring, while the other clubs began league play in the fall.

Although it is coined the Texas League, the league spans multiple states. The league includes teams from Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Rugby fans should keep a keen on eye on two new teams in the Texas DII league. Prior to 2014, Little Rock competed in the South, usually routing opponents by 50 or more points. Tulsa previously competed in the tough West-Central, making it to the National Sweet 16 two of the last three years.

Donna Thomas, coach of Little Rock, indicated that team moved to the Texas League in order to play stiffer competition.

“Last Year we had not played a competitive game until the playoffs. We lost in the final minute of the first game that we were really tested all year,” said Thomas, whose Stormers host Tulsa Saturday. “Both teams were top 32 teams last year. It should be a tough contest.”

Coach Thomas believes her squad is ready to compete and make a run for the Texas title despite having a compressed schedule.

“We brought in some new players and will really have competition at a number of positions,” she said.

Both Tulsa and Little Rock will need to be sharp in what is sure to be a hard-hitting contest. Both teams will want to get an early season edge as they will most likely be jockeying for a playoff berth come May.