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The defending Collegiate Rugby Championship titlist Utah Utes have announced their roster for the second-annual event. Noticeably missing from the roster is Thretton Palamo, who spearheaded the Ute bid for a championship. He has joined the Utah football program and will be unavailable.
However, the Utes still have plenty of firepower in their arsenal,
including newcomer Tonata Lauti. While star scrumhalf Don Pati was nursing
an injury this spring, Lauti filled in at No. 9, showcasing considerable
agility, speed and skill. If the Utes return to tournament final, he'll be
a cog in the effort.
Along with Pati, Danny James is returning. He is a tough guy to tackle and tough tackler, and he'll need to increase his impact to help fill the void left by Palamo.
The Collegiate Rugby Championship, June 4-5 at PPL Park in Philadelphia,
will be aired live on NBC both days. Irish punk band The Dropkick Murphy's
will be performing a free post-match concert at PPL Park June 4. For more
info, visit usasevenscrc.com.
• NBC Sports live coverage from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
• Versus live coverage from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
• Versus bonus coverage from 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET on June 4
• NBC Mobile live simulcast from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
• Hulu.com full event coverage available on-demand in HD quality video