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Mike Petri (photo courtesy The NY Times)

 Six Nations Finale- The exciting end to 2019's championship will take place this Saturday with three teams in contention for the title. They key game will be Wales (4-0, ranked 3rd) hosting Ireland (3-1, ranked 2nd) in Principality Stadium.

A Wales victory ensures the crown plus a Grand Slam result (e.g.; a clean slate beating the other five nations). Ireland are 11-8-1 versus Wales in the nineteen years of the Six Nations' existence (Italy joined in 2000). Wales have ceded 58-points and a mere six tries in the prior four contests. 

At Twickenham, England (3-1, ranked 4th) take on Scotland (1-3, ranked 7th) in the Calcutta Cup trophy game. Since 2000, the Red Roses have won all nine-matches at Twickenham against the Scots.

The final match will see Italy (0-4, ranked 14) welcome France (1-3, ranked 8th). A loss by the Azzurri would represent the 14th wooden spoon (last place) in the past twenty-years of their entry into the competition.

Women- England (4-0) will be victorious and win the title. France at 3-1 are favored over Italy.

Major League Rugby - The seventh week of competition occurs this weekend. The league received good publicity from an article in the NY Times (see photo above). Only three-points separate the top five fifteens.

Standings to date:

Team               Record             Points

NOLA                4-1                    21

Seattle              4-2                   20

Glendale          3-2-1                20

San Diego        4-2                   19

RUNY                 4-1                   18

Toronto             3-3                   16

Utah                  1-3-1                 7

Houston          1-4                     6

Austin               0-6                     2

Schedule

Day     Date       Match                           Time (ET)          Television

Friday 3/15       Toronto at RUNY       7 p.m.                ESPN+, SNY

Satur.   3/16     Seattle at Austin         7 p.m.              Facebook Watch, Root Sports

Satur.   3/16     NOLA at Houston       8 p.m.               Facebook Watch, KUBE

Sunday 3/17     S.Diego at Glendale     9 pm.             www.9news.com