8-Team Field Announced for the NSCRO Powered by Penn Mutual Rugby 7s National Championship - Collegiate Rugby Championship
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The field is led by reigning NSCRO 7s champions Christendom College. In a thrilling final, Christendom College edged St. Mary’s College of Maryland 24-19 in overtime to capture the national championship at last year’s tournament in Chester. Christendom College is in Front Royal, Virginia and is the smallest school competing in NSCRO with less than 200 male students.

The New Mexico Highlands University Vatos are the only other team returning from the 2017 field. In fact, the Vatos, who won the NSCRO 7s title in both 2015 and 2016, were led by several standout players including current Eagle 7s star Kevon Williams and Jeremy Misailegalu who recently signed with Major League Rugby’s Seattle Seawolves. Susquehanna and The Claremont Colleges have been to the national championship before while the other programs are heading to Philadelphia for the first time.

“I expect this to be the most competitive field we have ever had,” said NSCRO President Steve Cohen.

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. Action also includes 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.

 

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