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
With the addition of Arkansas State, Arizona State, St. Mary's, Tennessee and Wisconsin, there are now only three spots left to be filled for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship June 3-4, 2017 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. These additions, announced Monday, put the tournament on a path to having its most competitive field to date.
The Red Wolves, Sun Devils, Vols and Badgers... Read More
One of the more decorated rivalries in all of college rugby will not be played in 2016/2017, as Utah and Brigham Young will not be renewing the Wasatch Cup in 2017. The game was typically a sellout and often streamed, with a massive traveling trophy going to the victor.
The series has been dominated by the Cougars. Not since 2010, in a non-Wasatch Cup friendly have the Utes beaten them. That... Read More
Everyone knows George Washington as the first, George W. Bush the last and Barack Obama the current. Outside of those with a little too much time on their hands, few can recall all the presidents between and their unique, distinct stories. To stand out in the annals of history, you’ve got to be a little more special than your company.
The 27th president of the United States, William Taft, might... Read More
Cal and BYU will square off in the final of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup on Saturday at South Field on the Campus of BYU. The game will be aired live on the NBCSN at 4PM EST.
BYU and Cal have been the gold standard of collegiate rugby for several decades. The Cougars and the Bears had met in the post season twelve times before this encounter with 10 coming in national title bouts. The Bears have... Read More
The Penn Mutual Varsity Cup is down to four and the D1A playoffs to eight. We die-hard rugby fans wish we could mesh the professionalism and exposure of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship with the inclusiveness of the D1A competition, and we’d all love to see Cal vs. Lindenwood, Central Washington vs. St. Mary’s, or Life vs. BYU. But that’s not the world in which we currently live.
It... Read More
Over the weekend Penn State took on Indiana in State College, Pa. After a back-and-forth first half, Penn State came away 48-32 winners.
The Hoosiers and Nittany Lions both came into Saturday’s match looking for a resounding non-conference scalp. Indiana was in search of a fourth-straight win, while PSU was looking to end a two-match losing streak. Though the teams came into the match on the... Read More
The Army and Navy rugby teams continued their spring seasons with notable wins Saturday. Army bested Dartmouth 65-5 in West Point, N.Y., while the Navy edged out Penn State 24-20 in Annapolis, Md.
Army’s win came on the back of some stout defense. According to Matt Sherman, head coach for he Black Knights, the most pleasing part of his team’s performance was the fact that his players were able to... Read More
On Saturday Notre Dame and Indiana kicked off the spring season with a friendly match in Brownsburg, Ind. Though both teams got some good experience out of the competition, Indiana came out on top, 56-8.
The teams opted for an unconventional competition where both sides mixed in the starting and second sides in an effort to give everyone some playing time to start off the season. Each went into... Read More