Penn State welcomed Harvard to the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup with a thumping 100-7 win in Cambridge. The Nittany Lions scored 16 times with 13 different players finding the try zone.
In hopes of avoiding another Ivy League upset this year, Penn State hoped to get off to a fast start. The Nittany Lions did just that, with Ryan McNulty scoring inside the first minute.
“It was great to get out of fast... Read More
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
In the latest episode of The Carter Divide, Ethan and I talk about a couple of recent Saracens' matches, among other things.
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Being able to watch rugby on television makes the experience better for Ethan, so that leads us to focus for now on the Aviva Premiership. Ethan is not unique in this preference, and there isn't anything new... Read More
NEW YORK – A final updated 2017 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship has been announced that will include Boston College and Utah Valley into the pool of 14 teams, replacing Utah and Arizona State.
Boston College joins the 2017 Varsity Cup having completed one of their strongest seasons in recent history this past fall, finishing in a standings tie atop the East Coast Rugby Conference. Utah... Read More
BYU, Utah and Air Force are out of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup, replaced by Harvard. Rumor has it Arizona State will be out, too, if not on its own volition, because of the well-publicized, on-pitch assault involving someone who wasn’t a student at ASU punting an Arizona counterpart in the face while he was kneeling to tie his shoe. More teams might be in the fold as replacements, as well. The... Read More
NEW YORK – The draw for the 2017 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship has been announced, laying out pathways for the national postseason’s 14 collegiate rugby programs to reach the final of the single-elimination championship tournament. Round One kicks off April 8 at six different universities across the nation, followed by the April 15 quarterfinals and April 22 semifinals before the May... 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
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