Squads from Kutztown, Penn State, Temple and Saint Joseph's to Compete for the National Title in Rugby 7s
Drexel, LaSalle, Penn and Villanova to Compete for Philadelphia City Championship
Philadelphia, Penn. -- April 1, 2015 -- The men's rugby squads from Kutztown University, Penn State University, Temple University and Saint Joseph's University highlight the field competing in the 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, which take place on Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st at PPL Park in Chester.
The two-day rugby festival, the largest gathering of collegiate and high school rugby teams in the world, is also the largest and longest-running collegiate Rugby 7’s Championship in the world, with 20 schools competing for the national title. Penn Mutual is in the first of a three year title sponsorship for the event, and NBC Sports is returning as both broadcaster and event partner.
In addition to the national competition, four local colleges – Drexel University, LaSalle University, the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University – will compete in a separate round-robin competition on Saturday and playoffs on Sunday, to crown a Philadelphia City Champion and earn an automatic berth in next year’s field at the 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.
This year’s main field of 20 teams includes the two-time defending champions from the University of California, as well as the Air Force Academy, University of Arizona, Arkansas State, Dartmouth, Life University, University of Michigan, U.S. Naval Academy, University of Notre Dame, University of Texas, UCLA and Virginia Tech. Three final qualifying schools will be announced the week of April 20th to complete the field, with the winner taking home the coveted Pete Dawkins Trophy. The championship trophy is named after Dawkins, who as an All-American football standout at West Point won the Heisman Trophy in 1958. Dawkins then won a Rhodes Scholarship to 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.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, and are available online at http://www.usasevenscrc.com/crc-tickets/. All games will be played at PPL Park in Chester.
The “World’s Largest Rugby Festival” also includes a collegiate women's rugby bracket, a men's small college rugby bracket from the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO), as well as a national high school tournament with both boys and girls teams. Fields for each of those events will be announced shortly.
Kutztown University's men's rugby team, which advanced to the finals of the 2014 championships, is coached by Gregg “Doc” Jones. The Golden Bears went undefeated to claim the title on the second leg of the Atlantic Coast 7s Series in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, March 21st.
Penn State’s men’s rugby team is coached by Chris Amoratis. The Nittany Lions opened their 2015 season on Saturday, March 28th splitting a pair of games against the Buffalo Rugby Club.
Temple is coached by John Sciotto. The Owls kicked off their Spring Sevens season on Saturday, March 14th in a tournament at Saint Joseph’s University, where they lost to eventual tourney champ Kutztown 14-7 in a semi-final match.
The Hawks of Saint Joseph’s are coached by Dan Yarusso. They opened the 2015 season in the Collegiate Rugby Championship in Las Vegas, and have recently been ranked sixth in the nation for collegiate 7s by Rugby Today.
The interest in Rugby 7s will continue to grow as the sport returns to the Olympic Games in 2016, following an 84-year hiatus. 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. In the 2014 Collegiate Rugby Championship, 20 of the top colleges and universities competed for the title, including Penn State, Notre Dame, Texas, Michigan, Navy, Ohio State and reigning national champion, The University of California Golden Bears.
In addition to its CRC sponsorship, Penn Mutual is also title sponsor for The Varsity Cup, the collegiate championship of the 15-a-side rugby format. The Penn Mutual Varsity Cup is played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 2.
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