Event Guide - Collegiate Rugby Championship

Event Guide

Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship

Entering its 10th anniversary, the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship includes 24 of the top men’s rugby programs in the nation and is America’s first sevens championship. For the past decade, the competition has served as the centerpiece of a nationwide effort to build American rugby talent for competition on the International stage. Over the past ten years, the event has produced over 30 players who have gone on to play for the U.S. National teams.

2019 Penn Mutual Men's CRC

The women’s division on the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship features a 16 team field of the top women’s college rugby programs in the country. Some of America’s top female rugby players compete in the annual tournament. Last year’s winner, Lindenwood University, returns once again to defend its championship title.  

The 8-team field is set for the 2019 NSCRO Men’s 7s National Championship scheduled for June 1-2 at Talen Energy Stadium near Philadelphia, PA. On Saturday, each team will play 3 pool round matches on the Academy Field adjacent to the Stadium. On Sunday, NSCRO action moves inside the Stadium for our semifinals and final. The additional matches to determine 3rd to 8th place finishers will be held on the outside field. This year’s event is loaded with both talent and experience as 5 teams are returning to the Championship including the 3 Champions from the past 4 years….New Mexico Highlands University (2015, 2016), Christendom College (2017) and The Claremont Colleges (2018)….along with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Susquehanna University. The three new teams that are joining the veterans are Thomas More University, Loyola University Maryland and the University of Denver. Returning also is the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point who finished 3rd in 2017. Susquehanna’s return marks their 6th appearance in the 7 years this event has taken place. They have appeared in more Championships than any other school including their best finish in 2016 (third place).

The Freedom Cup men’s division is a 6 team tournament comprised of teams from the region. Winners of the Freedom Cup division automatically qualify for a spot in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship men’s division the following year. In 2018, Fordham defeated West Chester to earn its spot in the 2019 Penn Mutual CRC men’s division.

2019 Freedom Cup

In addition to the top men’s and women’s college rugby 7s teams in the United States, the cream of the crop of boys’ and girls’ rugby 7s high school and club teams participate annually in Philadelphia alongside the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. Those high school and club teams represent 10 states including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia Utah and Wisconsin.

There are an anticipated 40 teams, comprised of approximately 600 high school rugby players, expected to participate in the weekend long event. Friday’s competition includes play-in games and recruiting opportunities at the Greater Chester Valley Soccer Association Complex located at 137 Line Road in Malvern. Saturday and Sunday, the competition moves to the Talen Energy Stadium complex, with the championship matches taking place in the stadium.

  • High School Pool Play – BOYS & GIRLS

  • Penn Mutual Women’s CRC Pool Play 10:20 am – 5 pm @ Academy Fields located at Talen Energy Stadium

  • Official viewing party of Friday night matches at Tir Na Nog from 5:00 – 9:30pm Special drink prices for rugby fans.

  • Penn Mutual CRC Men’s: Pool Play – Penn Mutual CRC – @ Talen Energy Stadium– 9:40 am – 6:40 pm

  • High School Rugby Championship: Pool Play 8 am – 5 pm @ Academy Fields located at Talen Energy Stadium

  • Challenger Championship: Pool Play – Talen Energy Stadium and its Academy Fields – 1 pm to 7:40 pm

  • Penn Mutual Women’s CRC: Knock Out Rounds 8:00am – 3:20 pm @ In-stadium and Academy Fields

  • NSCRO: Pool Rounds 8 am – 2 pm @ Academy Fields located at Talen Energy Stadium

  • Official after parties at Tir Na Nog and Con Murphy’s starting immediately following the competition.

  • Penn Mutual CRC Men’s: Pool Play – Penn Mutual CRC – @ Talen Energy Stadium– 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • High School Finals and Consolation Rounds @ Academy Fields at Talen Energy Stadium– 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Challenger Championship: Semi’s, Finals, and consolation game – Talen Energy Stadium and Academy Fields – – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Penn Mutual Women’s CRC: Women’s Finals and consolation [email protected] Academy Fields and inside Talen Energy Stadium @ In-stadium and Academy Fields – 9:00am – 4:00 pm

  • NSCRO: Finals and consolation round 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Talen Energy Stadium and its Academy Fields

  • Official after parties at Tir Na Nog and Con Murphy’s starting immediately following the competition.