Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship 2016

December 23, 2015

Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship 2016


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Doug Coil

The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will be held at Talen Energy Stadium, formerly PPL Park, in Chester, PA, June 4-5, 2016.

The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, is the largest annual collegiate rugby sevens event in the world. This is the seventh year of the tournament where leading Collegiate sevens Colleges compete for the Pete Dawkins Trophy. For the first time, the 2016 Men’s Championships will consist of twenty four teams. Twenty of the teams have already been selected with the final four spots earned via qualifiers to be held in the spring of 2016- the Las Vegas Invitational, Big Ten, Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conference championships.

The schools in the 2016 CRC field will be: Arizona, Arkansas State, Army, Boston College, Cal, Clemson, Dartmouth, Drexel, Indiana, Kutztown, Life, Michigan, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, St. Joe’s, Temple, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Las Vegas Invitational winner, Big Ten champion, Atlantic Coast champion,  and Southeastern Conference champion.

Penn Mutual is in the second year of a title sponsorship for the event, and NBC Sports will once again return as both broadcaster and event partner.

This event also includes a collegiate women’s rugby bracket, National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) national championship, as well as a national high school tournament with both boys and girls teams. Fields for each of those events will be announced in 2016. A Philadelphia Championship is also held between local Philadelphia teams run in conjunction with the CRC, with the winner qualifying for the following year’s main event.

In an article by on December 4, 2015 on the Penn Mutual USA Sevens CRC Web Page, he indicates that “the interest in Rugby 7s will continue to grow as the sport returns to the Olympic Games in 2016, following an 84-year hiatus. The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is part of a nationwide effort to build American rugby talent in preparation for the Olympics. In the past three years, the Collegiate Rugby Championship has produced 15 players who have gone on to play for the U.S. National teams.”

In addition to its CRC sponsorship, Penn Mutual is also title sponsor for The Varsity Cup Rugby Championship. This competition begins April 9 with the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Final played in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 7.

About United World Sports:

“United World Sports (UWS) is the largest commercial rugby entity in the United States, and the owner and operator of a growing portfolio of dynamic sports, media and apparel brands including, the USA Sevens Rugby international tournament, the largest professional rugby event in North America; the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the premier college 7s rugby championship; and the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship, the 15s national rugby championship. Through its apparel division, UWS owns the exclusive North and South American license for Rhino Rugby, one of the world’s leading rugby apparel and equipment brands. UWS also owns and operates, the largest and most widely read media destination dedicated to American rugby. For more information about UWS and its properties, visit:”

About The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company:

“Since its founding in 1847, Penn Mutual has been driven by its noble purpose to create a world of possibilities. At the heart of this purpose is the belief that purchasing life insurance is the most protective, responsible and rewarding action a person can take, and is central to a sound financial plan. The company is committed to helping individuals, families and small businesses unlock life’s possibilities through life insurance and annuity solutions. This is accomplished through a national network of more than 5,000 financial professionals, who help clients make great things possible. Penn Mutual supports its field representatives with brokerage services through Honor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor and wholly owned subsidiary. Member FINRA/SIPC. Visit Penn Mutual on the Internet at”

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