Crimson Tide Pulls Upset Win To Take Southeastern Conference, Indiana Wins Big Ten, Clemson Qualifies From ACC For May 30-31 Event At PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa.
Philadelphia, Penn. -- April 21, 2015 -- The final three qualifiers for the men's 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships were decided this past weekend, with the University of Alabama and Indiana University winning their respective conference championships, and Clemson University qualifying by reaching the final of the ACC Tournament before losing to national power and earlier qualifier Virginia Tech. The trio complete what will be the deepest and most competitive field ever for the world’s largest collegiate rugby festival, which will again be held at PPL Park in Philadelphia on May 30 and 31 and seen nationally on NBC.
This year’s main field of 20 teams competing for the title in the fast-moving Olympic sport of Rugby 7’s includes the two-time defending champions from the University of California, as well as the Air Force Academy, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, Arkansas State, Boston College, Clemson, Dartmouth College, Indiana, Kutztown University, Life University, University of Michigan, U.S. Naval Academy, University of Notre Dame, Penn State University, Temple University, St. Joseph’s University, University of Texas, UCLA and Virginia Tech. The winner of the CRC takes 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.
Alabama defeated Mississippi State 24-14 in the final of the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference 7s Championship in Knoxville, Tn. Saturday. With the win, the Crimson Tide, who entered the tournament as the sixth seed, earned the SCRC automatic qualifier. Indiana, which was a member of the first CRC field in 2010, defeated Wisconsin 38-7 to win the Big 10 7’s title, while Clemson lost a close 26-19 match to earl qualifier Virginia Tech in the ACC 7’s title match but by reaching the final was the last school into the field.
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), a Philadelphia-area collegiate championship and a national high school tournament with both boys and girls teams. Fields for the NSCRO and high school fields will be announced shortly.
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 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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