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Reunion Weekend A Rousing Success

Thank you to everyone who traveled to Happy Valley for the 2018 Penn State Rugby Friends and Family Weekend! More than 200 people attended this year’s festivities, which were kicked off on Friday with the Alumni Golf Outing. Tim Antoian and Chris “Nova” Wolff took charge of the event this year with over 20 golfers playing “scramble” golf on the Blue Course. On Friday evening, we celebrated the founders of the Women’s Program at a dinner at the Nittany Lion Inn. Everyone who attended was treated to hearing the team’s pioneers recount how it all started and how much their experiences and the program’s overall journey has meant to them. On Saturday, the Alumni played the undergrad teams in perfect weather conditions on real grass with Beaver Stadium in the background – just like the old days! The matches were competitive and fun for both players and spectators.

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Chris Henry's Saving Grace

At the start of 1986, Chris ‘Baby’ Henry didn’t know rugby would eventually save her life. In fact, she barely knew what rugby was.  But, that changed when her college roommate told her to come her rugby match.

Mid-game, a player was injured, and Chris heard her roommate shout, “Hey, Baby, go get my extra cleats out of my car. Put ‘em on, we need you to hook.” The Penn State players quickly taught Chris what she needed to know and sent her on the field.

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For The Love Of The Game- 90s Grad Stays In Touch Through Sport

Former Penn State Rugby player Suzanne Blasi-Bombardieri began her rugby journey when she stumbled upon a recruitment flyer in her freshman dorm in 1989. Interested, she contacted the team and confessed that although she played sports in high school, rugby was not one of them.

“Don’t worry, we’ll teach you,” said the girl on the other line, and now Suzanne can’t imagine her life without Penn State Rugby.

Read more: For The Love Of The Game- 90s Grad Stays In Touch Through Sport

Info Regarding PSU Rugby Reunion Weekend - Please read! Change in location!

REGISTER HERE TODAY!

**You CANNOT register at the door due to PSU policies**

Penn State Rugby Family-
Please read the following in its entirety as there is very important information about location and parking! Contact Kristen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. See you soon!

**Merchandise will only be available for sale at the matches on Saturday.**

Weekend Schedule

Friday, August 17

1: 54 PM - Golf outing -  At PSU Blue Course with tee time 1:54 PM
There are still spots available. Please contact Tim Antoian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you would like to sign up.

6 PM Women’s Founders’ Dinner – At Nittany Lion Inn, 6-9 PM
Please contact Kristen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are a Women’s Team Founder or coach who would like to attend this event who has not yet signed up.

For those trickling into town Friday night, please meet us at Doggie’s Rathskellar and Garden (108 S. Pugh St, State College, PA 16801) owned by PSU Rugby Alum and his wife, Tom and Kelley Trosko! It will be open for PSU Ruggers ONLY starting at 7:30 PM.

Saturday, August 18

**Please note the following**
** West Fields was just resurfaced and will not be available for us to play on.The matches will be played at the IM fields by Jeffrey Field & Beaver Stadium. Please use picture  to see where you should park and note that parking depends on the weather. The yellow circle lot is only available weather permitting.  If it rains the grass field will be locked and you will need to park in the paved lot (marked by a star) to the west of Beaver Stadium and walk to the fields.**
Info Regarding PSU Rugby Reunion Weekend - Please read! Change in location!

Matches at IM Fields
11 AM - Women's - Current Team versus Alumni Match
12:15 PM - Kids' touch match
12:45 PM Men's - Current Team versus Alumni A & B matches
3 PM - Co-ed touch match - (if enough interest)

5:30 PM - Dinner Start Time, Hawbaker Pavilion, Penn State Golf Courses
1523 West College Ave, State College, PA 16801
**There is a shuttle from the Nittany Lion Inn to the Golf Course Pavilion. The shuttle will leave at 5:10 PM and immediately return for a second pick-up closer to 5:30 PM. The shuttle will also make 2 trips after the dinner starting at 9PM**

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