Media credentials for reporters are available for a limited time for the upcoming 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, to be conducted Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park) in Chester, PA.
Online media credential request form is located at http://www.usasevenscrc.com/media-inquiry/. Media members may also contact Jim DeLorenzo by phone at 215-266-5943 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with media requests for interviews, photo and video opportunities, as well as credentials for the two-day World’s Largest Collegiate Rugby Festival.
- 24 of the Nation’s Top men’s collegiate teams competing for the national championship in the fast-moving Olympic Sport of Rugby Sevens.
- Putting the spotlight squarely on the new Olympic sport of Rugby Sevens (which will make its return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer), this two-day rugby festival is one of the largest gatherings of collegiate and high school rugby teams in the world. The interest in Rugby Sevens (also known as Rugby 7s) continues to grow as the sport returns to the Olympic Games this summer following a 92-year hiatus.
- Live national television coverage of both days of the 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will be carried on the networks of NBC Sports, including NBC Sports Network and NBC.
- University of California is the 3-time defending champion. The 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship field also includes: Arizona, Arkansas State, Army, Boston College, Clemson, Dartmouth, Drexel, Indiana, Kutztown, Life, Maryland, Michigan, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, South Carolina, Temple, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.
- The winner of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship takes home the Pete Dawkins Trophy. The championship trophy is named after Pete Dawkins, who as an All-American football standout at West Point won the Heisman Trophy in 1958. Dawkins was a Rhodes Scholar and attended Oxford, where he used his outstanding football skills to make him a star on the Oxford Varsity rugby team, revolutionizing the game in the process.
- On Sunday, June 5th, there will be a free Rugby-Inspired Shoulder-Led Tackling Clinic on the practice fields surrounding Talen Energy Stadium. The clinic will feature ATAVUS coaches and special guests, including former Eagles standouts Ike Reese and Mike Quick, guiding student-athletes and coaches through rugby-inspired tackling techniques. The session is free for coaches and student-athletes.
- Outside Talen Energy Stadium there will be special musical events and activities for fans and families, including a full concert featuring the platinum selling band O.A.R. immediately following the first day’s competition on Saturday, June 4th. In addition to the live O.A.R. concert, there will be sports activities throughout the weekend including the Civilian Military Combine; and a music festival to close out Sunday’s competition.
- There is a 16-team field for the Women’s Collegiate Championship, featuring three-time defending champion Penn State and local favorites Temple, Delaware, Bloomsburg and Kutztown. Joining them are Arizona, Boston University, Life, Lindenwood, Michigan and Notre Dame. Newcomers include Ohio State, Princeton, Rutgers and the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Selects squad, an all-star team chosen from the best of the NSCRO’s sevens teams.
- There will also be a Philadelphia City College Championship men’s bracket including Villanova, Penn and LaSalle, a national small college bracket, and a 40-team field of boys and girls high school teams from around the country.
- On Friday, June 3rd, there will be a free Rugby-Inspired Shoulder-Led Tackling Coaches Seminar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel (201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103). Speakers are scheduled to include Rex Norris, the head of Atavus Football, and Rutgers University Head Football Coach Chris Ash.
- The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is part of a nationwide effort to build American rugby talent in preparation for the Olympics. In the past three years, the Collegiate Rugby Championship has produced 15 players who have gone on to play for the U.S. National teams.
- Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, and are available online at USASEVENSCRC.COM. All games will be played at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.
- Related activities during the week include an official “Welcome to Philadelphia” party for all the men’s college teams at the Reading Terminal Market on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30 p.m., and a VIP reception at The Down Town Club (600 Chestnut Street) on Thursday, June 2nd at 6 p.m. The West Point Society of Philadelphia will host the Army and Navy rugby teams at a luncheon on Friday, June 3rd at the Chart House Restaurant on Penn’s Landing. Also, the eight newest members of the United States Rugby Hall of Fame will be inducted on Saturday, June 4th at 6 p.m. during the US Rugby Hall of Fame Dinner at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.
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