Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship
Philadelphia, Pa. – May 10, 2018 – USA Sevens Rugby Release
In advance of this year’s Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the women’s pool assignments for the 16-team men’s rugby sevens tournament field has been announced.
The 2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is set for Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd at Talen Energy Stadium in suburban Philadelphia. Reserved and field level tickets to the “World’s Largest Collegiate Rugby Festival” are available online at sevensrugby.com. Single-day reserved tickets are $90 and field level tickets are $63, and full weekend reserved tickets are $132 and field level tickets are $79.
Pool assignments for the women’s field are as follows:
- Pool A: Life, Virginia Tech, Bloomsburg, Drexel
- Pool B: Lindenwood, Virginia, Boston University, Delaware
- Pool C: Penn State, Navy, Kutztown, Clemson
- Pool D: NSCRO Selects, Notre Dame, Temple, East Stroudsburg.
Leading the women’s national championship field this summer is defending women’s champion Life University, which captured the crown last June with a 17-12 victory over Lindenwood University. Lindenwood also returns for the 2018 competition, along with Philadelphia-area favorites Drexel, Delaware, Penn State and Temple, as well as the women’s rugby sevens squads from Bloomsburg, Boston University, Clemson, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Navy, Notre Dame, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, and the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Selects squad, an all-star team chosen from the best of NSCRO’s 7s teams.
The 2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will be televised live by the ESPN family of networks and will feature the most television and digital coverage in the tournament’s history.
This year marks the eighth consecutive year that the event has been held in Philadelphia and at Talen Energy Stadium. The annual event features not only the nation’s top 24 men’s collegiate rugby 7s teams but also the top 16 women’s teams, as well as the Freedom Cup regional competition with a six-team field vying for a spot in next year’s main bracket. The action also includes the National Small College Rugby Organization national championship and a national high school tournament with both boys’ and girls’ teams.
The three-day rugby event is one of the largest gatherings of collegiate and high school rugby teams in the world. Penn Mutual is in the fourth year of a title sponsorship for the event.
The interest in Rugby Sevens (also known as Sevens Rugby) continues to grow after the return to the Olympic Games in 2016, following a 92-year hiatus. The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is America’s national sevens championship and serves as the centerpiece of a nationwide effort to build American rugby talent for competition on the International stage. Over the past eight years, the event has produced over 31 players who have gone on to play for the U.S. National teams.