NBC Sports Group Broadcast Schedule Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship

June 1, 2017

NBC Sports Group Broadcast Schedule Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship 

Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship Release

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 30, 2017 – NBC Sports Group presents live Rugby Sevens action from the annual Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship from Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa., on NBC and NBCSN.

Coverage begins on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC with live preliminary-round matches, followed by live coverage on NBCSN at 5 p.m. ET. Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship coverage continues Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and shifts to NBC at 3 p.m. ET with live coverage of the Championship Final.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide streaming coverage of the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.

Leigh Diffey will serve as the play-by-play commentator for all telecasts. Harris will be joined in the booth by former USA Sevens captain and USA Rugby World Cup participant Brian Hightower. Marty Snider will report all the action from the sidelines.

The eighth annual Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will be held at Talen Energy Stadium and features 28 teams from various colleges across the men’s and women’s competitions, including four-time defending-champion California on the men’s side, and three-time tournament champion Penn State on the women’s side. Click here for a full list of the colleges and universities participating in the Collegiate Rugby Championship.

The rugby sevens format, which was featured at the 2016 Rio Olympics, consists of seven players per team, playing on the same size pitch as a traditional 15’s rugby match. Teams will compete in one of six pools and will play seven minute halves, with a two-minute halftime.


NBCSN will present a 30-minute special this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET – Rugby Rising Presented by Penn Mutual – leading into live coverage of the Collegiate Rugby Championship at 1 p.m. ET. The program examines the growing culture of rugby within the United States and the emergence of its leaders, both on and off the pitch.


Sat., June 3
Pool Play
3 p.m.

Pool Play
5 p.m.
Sun., June 4
Rugby Rising
12:30 p.m.

Playoff Rounds
1 p.m.

Playoff Rounds
3 p.m.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship to desktops, tablets, and connected TVs. The NBC Sports app will stream coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.

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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