Christendom College will welcome Franciscan University of Steubenville to campus for the Frassati Rugby Match on Saturday, March 28. The match, frequently one of the most popular Christendom sporting events of the year, will be followed by an alumni game for previous Christendom rugby players.

The Frassati Rugby Match first began in 2014 as a way of bringing together athletes from faithful Catholic colleges to play for the love of rugby and the glory of God. Christendom is the winner of the previous four Frassati matches and will be defending their claim to the Frassati Shield Trophy for another season.

The Crusaders travelled to Franciscan in 2018, claiming the Frassati Shield for the fourth consecutive time.

The Crusaders will take on the Franciscan University of Steubenville Barons at 12:00 pm on Crusader Field. Both teams ranked in the Top 5 in the nation for small college rugby last fall, with Christendom ranking #5 and Franciscan #2 according to NSCRO, making the match one of the most exciting of the entire year.

At 2:00 pm, Christendom alumni who participated in the rugby program will have a chance to return to the pitch for an alumni vs. alumni match (alumni can register HERE). Following the games, players and fans are invited to a special evening celebration at nearby Rappahannock Cellars (register HERE).

This tournament comes amidst an exciting spring semester for the team. After another successful fall campaign where they reached the NSCRO Mid-Atlantic South Regional Championship, the Crusaders are returning to the pitch this weekend with two away games in Richmond against Longwood University and the Virginia Military Institute. Over spring break, members of the team will travel to Bermuda for the 2020 Ariel Re Bermuda International Tournament before competing to qualify for NSCRO’s National 7’s tournament in April, hoping to attend for the fourth year in a row. (The full team schedule can be viewed HERE.)

All Christendom athletic events are open to the public and free of charge.

The Frassati Rugby Invitational is named after Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, who was known for his joyful Christian presence, humble demeanor, heroic acts of charity, and enthusiasm for the faith. Dying at the young age of 24, Frassati has inspired young people throughout the world to pursue holiness with fervor. A great lover of the outdoors, and an athlete himself, Frassati is the perfect patron for this event.

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