Club Spotlight: PSU-Berks Men's Rugby

With several campuses throughout the state, Penn State offers rugby as a chance for students to expand horizons, through leadership and competition. Due to their dedication and love of the sport, the PSU-Berks campus rugby team is this week's club spotlight.

Penn State Rugby History 

Founded in 1962, Penn State Rugby is one of the most successful collegiate rugby programs in the United States, consistently fielding teams that compete for the National Championship.

Penn State Rugby combines both of their highly successful teams (men's and women's) and an alumni organization and network that is over 1600 members strong, into one singular program dedicated to being a flagship in U.S. collegiate rugby.

PSU-Berks Men's Rugby

The Penn State- Berks Men's Rugby Football Club was founded in 2005 on the PSU-Berks campus located just outside of Reading, PA. Coached by Bruce Hale and Mark Dawson, the team are a two-time EPRU Division 3 Champions.

In 2010, the PSU-Berks won the NSCRO DIII National Championship, making them the first university rugby team to reach a national final four in Penn State history. The team has also titled in various tournaments, placing second in the 2015 NSCRO EPRU 7s and in the 2017 Pagoda Classic 7s. 

2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship

The 2018 CRC rugby sevens tournament will be held June 1 - 3 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia.

A participant since its inception, this is the sixth trip to the CRC’s for the Penn State 7’s program which has shown significant improvement each year they return to the tournament. With high performance preparation and year round 7’s training as a part of PSU’s overall training matrix, the team is poised to build on their performance at last year’s CRC. Most notably the women's team made it to the CRC finals for four years (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) and went home with three titles three years in a row (2013-2015).

The CRC is the highest profile college rugby sevens competition in the United States, with the tournament broadcast live on NBC every year.

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Join the PSU-Berks

The PSU-Berks Men's rugby team meets for practice three times a week for practice at Luerssen Field. Players of all skill level and background are welcome! For more information regarding the team and how to join, email club president Christian Alvarez at caa45atpsu [dot] edu or faculty advisor Mark Dawson at mxd318atpsu [dot] edu.

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