Cal Hopes For Fifth Straight Championship - Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  – March 13, 2017  – This spring the Cal Golden Bears will be vying for a fifth consecutive championship title at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. Last year was quite a success for the team, as they were also the national rugby 15s and 7s champions.

“At Cal rugby we like the pressure. We’d rather be looking over our shoulders and seeing guys chase us than us chasing others. I’d rather have this pressure, than not have any pressure quite frankly. If there’s pressure on you, you know you’re more or less at the top,” said Cal player Russell Webb, a 2016 rugby All-American for 7s and 15s. “Winning the CRCs four years in a row- of course there’s a lot of pressure, but it’s pressure that we look forward to every year and can’t wait to crack on in June.”

Over the last four years the team has had phenomenal success at the CRCs in particular.





Just this past Saturday the team took on the University of Santa Clara and had a 91-7 win. Their next match is this Wednesday, March 15, against Stanford University.

“7s is such a nice, edgy game- the teams that don’t win it, you know the last three or four teams standing, they’re certainly capable of winning it. It can be frustrating you know? There’s not much between victory and defeat,” said Cal Head Coach Jack Clark. “There’s very, very little time in the 7s games and in all the CRCs we haven’t really had any team/any champions that have just gone through unscathed. We’ve had really close games in order to win the championship and I know others have as well. So it’s just really excitement for the opportunity.”

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

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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