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European Championship, Second Round –  The second round of three matches in Europe’s second tier rugby event will be played this weekend. The most important game will pit Spain at home versus Romania. Currently, the Oaks lead Los Leones by three-points in the battle for the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup Europe 1 slot.

The matches:

Spain vs. Romania, Estadio Nacional Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Sunday, Feb 18)

Russia vs. Belgium, Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar

Germany vs. Georgia, Sparda Bank Hessen Stade, Offenbach

American Rugby Championship – The USA hope to keep their two-game, 2018-win streak alive when they meet Chile on Saturday. (Television: KO, The Rugby Channel 2 p.m. PT).  

The matches: (All games Saturday, February 17)

USA vs. Chile, Titan Stadium, Fullerton

Uruguay vs. Argentina XV, Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel, Punte del Este

Canada vs. Brazil, Westhills Stadium, Langford

Pro Leagues Round Up (Top Three)

Aviva Premiership, England

  1. Exeter Chiefs, 51 points
  2. Saracens, 49 points
  3. Wasps, 44 points

Guinness Pro 14

  1. Glasgow, 60 points
  2. Munster, 48 points 
  3. Toyota Chiefs (RSA), 41 points

French Top 14

  1. Montpelier, 51 points
  2. Altantique Rochelais, 50 points
  3. Racing 92, 50 points

New Zealand Investment in USA Major League Rugby – The New Zealand provincial organization, Canterbury Rugby Union and their pro-team the Crusaders have purchased a minority ownership in the Seattle Seawolves. The Crusaders have won eight Super Rugby titles.

Las Vegas Invitational (LVI) - The largest rugby tournament in the USA has booked 275-teams, a new record for this March event, which plays on parallel fields to the USA Sevens, scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 2,3 and 4 in Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium.