The fifth Penn Mutual Varsity Cup kicks off this weekend, with six games in Maryland, California, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, New York and South Carolina constituting the opening round. Waiting in the wings are top seeds Cal and Central Washington, who’ve received first-round byes. Below is a breakdown of each match-up, as well as some historical data on the participating teams.
Dartmouth @ Clemson... Read More
NEW YORK – The 2017 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship kicks off once again this April with 14 teams vying in the April postseason to advance to May’s championship final. Harvard University joins the field for this year’s competition while Air Force and Texas end their participation, as does Brigham Young, which has been stripped of the 2015 championship.
Harvard brings its history as the... Read More
Former Dartmouth assistant coach and current All-American assistant James Willocks will succeed Blake Burdette as the head coach at Penn State. After leading the Nittany Lions to an undefeated fall campaign, Burdette was let go for unstated reasons. The program has undergone several coaching changes over the last few years, as Willocks will be the fourth man to lead the program in that time. ... Read More
For the first time in its eight-year history, the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will have a second open qualifier – the Heart of America Classic. The winner of the 24-team field at the Heart of America, held March 25-26, 2017 in Kansas City, will win an automatic bid to the nationally-televised Penn Mutual CRC June 3-4, 2017 in Philadelphia.
Traditionally, the majority of CRC... Read More
One of the most exciting matches of the weekend was a non-conference affair that pitted Notre Dame College against Indiana. With both teams likely headed for post-season action, the contest was a warm-up for both clubs. After a back-and-forth match that came down to the final play of the match, the Falcons beat the Hoosiers, 31-30.
“We wanted to get a high-quality match against a quality opponent... Read More
USA Rugby recently announced its men's and women's All Americans. Tuesday, 130 men were named to two DI 15s teams, a 15s honorable mention list, two DI 7s teams and a DII 7s team. Last month 67 women were named to two DI teams and an honorable mention list, as well as two DII teams without a designation between 15s or 7s.
This marks the first year that USA Rugby has named DII All Americans. In... Read More
Arkansas State rugby patriarch Curt Huckaby died Tuesday after living several years with ALS. Huckaby resurrected the program at ASU in 1996, serving as volunteer head coach for 14 years. During that time, Huckaby amassed a record of 183-44-1, leading the Red Wolves to the brink of a DII National Championship on several occasions and national prominence as a DI power. He saw 16 Red Wolves earn... Read More
Delaware won its way back into the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship by claiming the Philadelphia Championship Cup Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. The Blue Hens downed Mt. St. Mary’s in the final, capping off an undefeated tournament run. Their prize is a berth into the 2017 CRC.
Delaware opened the scoring right on the first-minute-mark of the championship game, with Chris... Read More
For a program as decorated as Cal, there aren’t very many firsts still on offer. But before the Golden Bears backed up their Varsity Cup title with a fourth-straight Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship win Sunday, no DI men's collegiate team had ever claimed 15s and 7s titles in the same year.
“After they got the Varsity Cup, they started talking about getting both of the championships, so... Read More
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