February 24, 2017
Women’s Rugby Teams for Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship
Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship Release: Philadelphia, PA- February 23, 2017
Defending women’s champion Life University, former champion Penn State, finalist Lindenwood University and 13 of the nation’s top women’s college Rugby 7s squads comprise the 16-team women’s national championship field in the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, set for Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th at Talen Energy Stadium in suburban Philadelphia.
This is the second consecutive year that the women’s championship field includes 16 teams, and will also be the second consecutive year that the women’s championship final will be televised live nationally on NBC Sports Network.
Tickets are now on sale at http://www.usasevenscrc.com.
Leading the field this summer is defending women’s champion Life University, which captured the crown last June with a 19-10 victory over Lindenwood University. Lindenwood also returns for the 2017 competition, along with three-time champion and Philadelphia-area favorite Penn State, which won the title in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They are joined by the women’s Rugby 7s teams from Bloomsburg, Clemson, Dartmouth, Delaware, Indiana, Kutztown, Navy, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Temple and the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Selects squad, an all-star team chosen from the best of the NSCRO’s sevens teams. Two more women’s Rugby 7s teams will be added to the field shortly.
The 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will mark the seventh consecutive year that the event has been held in Philadelphia and at Talen Energy Stadium, bringing national and International attention to the region through the live broadcasts on the networks of NBC Sports.
The two-day rugby festival is one of the largest gatherings of collegiate and high school rugby teams in the world, with over 30,000 anticipated to be in attendance. Penn Mutual is in the third year of a title sponsorship for the event, and NBC Sports once again returns as both broadcaster and event partner.
Four-time defending champion University of California, returning to the pitch on which they have won the Pete Dawkins Trophy in an unprecedented show of dominance, headlines the 24-team Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship field. Men’s Rugby 7s squads from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas State, Army, Boston College, Dartmouth, Indiana University, Life University, Navy, University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s College (Moraga, California), Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin, as well as Philadelphia-area favorites Delaware, Kutztown, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s and Temple University have all earned a spot in the 2017 championship field. The remaining three men’s teams will be determined through a process of selection and qualifiers.
Six up-and-coming collegiate men’s Rugby Sevens squads will compete in the College Challenge bracket this coming June. Represented in the six-team bracket are Philadelphia-region favorites Villanova, West Chester, Drexel and Rowan, Mount St. Mary’s (Emmitsburg, Maryland) and Fordham (Bronx, New York). The six-team competition gives burgeoning men’s college Rugby Sevens programs the opportunity to qualify for the main men’s Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship field in the following year. At the 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the Delaware Blue Hens defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 36-10, to earn a place in this year’s 24-team Penn Mutual Collegiate Championship bracket.
The “World’s Largest Collegiate Rugby Festival” also includes the 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 the coming weeks.
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 RugbyToday.com, the largest and most widely read media destination dedicated to American rugby. For more information about UWS and its properties, visit: http://www.unitedworldsports.com.
About the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company:
Since its founding in 1847, Penn Mutual has been driven by its purpose to empower people to live life with confidence. 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 Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor and wholly owned subsidiary. Member FINRA/SIPC. Visit Penn Mutual on the Internet at http://www.pennmutual.com.
About NBC Sports Group:
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital.
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