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The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship field is set, with the final automatic berths being claimed over the weekend via three conference finales. Alabama surprised everyone in the Southeastern conference to punch its ticket to Philadelphia, Indiana continued its dominance in the Big Ten to win its way back into the CRC, and Clemson took the Atlantic Coast's bid.
While the paths to the CRC for the Crimson Tide and Hoosiers were pretty clear, the Tigers' was a bit more muddled. Clemson finished second in the Atlantic Coast championship Sunday, falling to Virginia Tech in the final. Since the Hokies were already set for the CRC as an invited team, the conference's bid was given to Clemson.
Of the 20 teams slated to compete May 30-31 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, four are making their CRC debut – Air Force, Alabama, Arkansas State and Clemson. Like ‘Bama and Clemson, Arkansas State won its way in, taking the lone open qualification spot by winning the Las Vegas Invitational.
By winning the Big Ten, Indiana has secured its second CRC appearance. The Hoosiers finished 12th at the inaugural CRC back in 2010 and haven’t been back since. Boston College, the last invited team, is returning to the event for the first time since 2011.
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