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Penn State Men Beat Kutztown

The Men's Team beat Kutztown 24-15 on Saturday afternoon at West Fields in a very physical match. Unfortunately due to the current bonus point rules, KU took the Rugby East Title. Kutztown finished the Fall with 30 bonus points and Penn State with 29. This article from Goff Rugby Report explains further. Congratulations to the Men's players and coaches on a great match and Fall Season. The Men's team has not won a match against Kutztown since April of 2012. Thank you to the Alumni supporting the "Invest in Change" Campaign. This Fall Season demonstrates the different you are making with your financial commitment! Donate here today to also "Invest in Change!"

 

Explanation of Current Women's Playoff Schedule

There have been a lot of changes to the Women's Playoff schedule over the past few years. This article on Goff Rugby Report offers an explanation as to "What's happening in D1?" Hopefully this will clear up some of the confusion. 

Penn State Men's Rugby to Join Varsity Cup

Dear Penn State Rugby Alumni, Family and Friends:

I am excited to announce that effective Spring 2016, the Men's Rugby team will compete in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup for the National Championship. The decision to accept the invitation to join this competition has been discussed with the Department of Athletics, Alumni Board of Directors, coaches, and student athletes, and everyone is supportive of the decision.

The Penn Mutual Varsity Cup is a post-season championship owned by United World Sports, who own Collegiate Rugby Championships ("CRCs") and sponsored by Penn Mutual (also a sponsor of the CRCs), a national insurance and financial management company. United World Sports has partnered with NBC to host this championship. The mission of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup is to grow American rugby by harnessing the collective strength of intercollegiate rugby and college sports.

The Varsity Cup championship match is televised live on NBC. Our participation in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup will add value to our program by increasing our ability to recruit the best student athletes, and increasing our branding opportunities and the name recognition of Penn State Rugby. Competing in the Varsity Cup will also allow us to maintain rivalries with Cal, Army, Navy, and BYU, among other institutions.

This announcement will not change our membership in the Rugby East Conference, which will continue to challenge the Men with a competitive Fall schedule.

I hope you are as excited as I am about this opportunity. The Alumni Board put forth a vision this summer for the program that was called Invest in Change. This announcement is an important step in moving Penn State Rugby and the sport of rugby into the future.

Here is a link to the full press release.

Roar with the Pride. Go State!

Chris Amoratis
Director of Rugby