The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship begins for the seventh time Saturday with its strongest field to date. All three champions – Utah (’10), Dartmouth (’11, ’12) and Cal (’13, ’14, ’15) are competing – Army’s back, and several other teams look primed to jump their game up. Here's my take on what you can expect.
THE FRONT RUNNERS
Cal would seem the odds-on favorite, given their recent... Read More
Pool F of the Penn Mutual College Rugby Championships looks to be one of the more competitive groups with former CRC champs, Dartmouth and Utah, joining Clemson and Temple at Talon Energy Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Earning its entry after winning the Las Vegas Invitational, Utah won the inaugural CRC in 2010 and placed third in 2011. This year’s competition breaks a four-year hiatus for the Utes... Read More
For the second year in a row, an impressive panel of speakers will lead a rugby seminar in conjunction with the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. The event, which has become a valuable attraction in its own right, is Friday, June 3rd at 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Downtown in Philadelphia and is free to college and high school coaches, players and administrators.
The seminar is broken into... Read More
The pool pairings for the seventh-annual Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship June 4-5 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia see some intriguing match-ups set for the early stages. This year the field is expanded by four, with 24 teams divided into six pools.
Three-time defending champion Cal finds itself in Pool A with respected challenger Arkansas State. The Red Wolves are making their... Read More
Wisconsin punched its ticket to a third Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship appearance Saturday by claiming the Big Ten 7s title in Elkhart, Ind. The Badgers went a perfect 5-0 on the day, racking up 167 points and conceding just 29.
“Our defense is an area we pride ourselves on. We’re hard on the guys in defense and we drum into them to maintain their defensive pattern as well as... Read More
Former age-grade and Ohio State standout Nate Ebner is making his return to rugby. The New England Patriot recently re-upped with the Pats, who will allow him to pursue selection for Team USA at the Rio Olympics. He has been granted a leave of absence and is set to being training with the Eagles at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
"First and foremost, I want to thank the... Read More
The coveted spot in the CRC is one match away from being determined. Early this morning Utah shocked AIC with a 12-5 win and Notre Dame College bested James Madison 22-14.
Coming into the match AIC had averaged over 30 points a game. Utah, however, starved AIC of possession and dominated the breakdown.
“We had talked about it that if we gave AIC any opportunities they would sting us,” said Utah... Read More
The invitations to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship have been confirmed, revealing an expanded field. For the first time in the tournament’s seven-year history, 24 teams will compete for the Pete Dawkins Trophy. From 2010-2012 there were 16 teams, and from 2013-2015 20 teams.
19 programs have been invited, all of which are returners. Every team from the 2015 event is back, except... Read More
Georgia Page. You know the name. She’s the Lindenwood player who earned internet fame by busting her beak in a tackle and getting up to lay another hit in the semifinals of the Women’s Collegiate Rugby Championship a few weeks back.
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for her ever since, as the video of her big moment turned viral, garnering around 15 million hits online and mention from such media... Read More
Cal three-peated as Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship winners last weekend, claiming the program’s 29th national championship. 26 of those came in 15s – the last in 2011. It sounds crazy to say that a program which won 26 championships in the span of 33 years would have endured much in the way of a slump. But relatively speaking, that’s a fair way to characterize Cal’s 2011/2012 and 2013/... Read More