First 15 Men's Teams Announced For 2019 Penn Mutual CRC - Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Philadelphia, PA – Lindenwood University will be returning to defend its championship title this May 31st – June 2nd at the 2019 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship against a field of national powerhouses including: St. Mary’s, Arizona, Army, Navy, Dartmouth, Penn State, Kutztown, Life, Notre Dame and UCLA, as well as regional stalwarts including Iona, Fordham University — the 2018 winner of the Freedom Cup Championship — Saint Joseph’s and Temple. The remaining nine teams will be determined through a process of selection and qualifiers, with additional field announcements pending.

The 2019 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will mark the ninth consecutive year that the event has been held in Philadelphia and at Talen Energy Stadium, bringing national and International attention to the region through the live broadcasts on the networks of ESPN.

The multi-day rugby event is one of the largest gatherings of collegiate and high school rugby teams in the world. The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company is in the fifth year of a title sponsorship for the event. Over 30,000 fans are expected for the two-day event. Tickets are expected to go on-sale soon at sevensrugby.com.

The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will feature a 24-team field competing for the Pete Dawkins Trophy, named after the All-American football standout at West Point won the Heisman Trophy in 1958. Dawkins was a Rhodes Scholar and attended Oxford, where he used his outstanding football skills to make him a star on the Oxford Varsity rugby team, revolutionizing the game in the process.

The annual event also features a 16-team Penn Mutual Collegiate Women’s Rugby Championship bracket, which will also be defended by Lindenwood University; the Freedom Cup Championship featuring a six-team men’s field vying for a spot in next year’s main bracket; the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) national championship; as well as a national high school tournament with both boys and girls teams. Fields for each of those events will be announced in the coming weeks.

The interest in Rugby Sevens (also known as Rugby 7s) continues to grow following the sports return to the Olympic Games in 2016, after a 92-year hiatus. The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is part of a nationwide effort to build American rugby talent for competition on the International stage. In the past four years, the event has produced over a dozen players who have gone on to play for the U.S. National teams. The U.S. National Team is currently ranked number one in the world as it seeks to qualify for the 2020 Olympic games.

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 Las Vegas Invitational, the largest amateur rugby event in the western hemisphere; the International Silicon Valley 7s; and the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the premier college 7s 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.

About Penn Mutual
Since 1847, Penn Mutual has been committed to helping people live life with confidence. At the heart of this purpose is the belief that life insurance is central to a sound financial plan. Through our network of trusted advisers, we are dedicated to helping individuals, families and businesses achieve their dreams. Penn Mutual supports its advisers with retirement and investment services through Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor and wholly owned subsidiary. Member FINRA/SIPC. We are proud to work together in a values-driven and relationship-based culture. Visit Penn Mutual at www.pennmutual.com.

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