Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The field for the 2011 Collegiate Rugby Championship has grown by four teams, bringing the field up to 11 teams. Arizona, Boston College, North Carolina, and Louisiana State have joined the mix for a shot at the 2011 CRC Championship.
Set for June 4-5th, 2011 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, PA the Collegaite Rugby Championship culminates with the crowning of the Collegiate 7’s Champion.
Louisiana State brings plenty of 7’s experience to the tournament. An explosive and exciting team, LSU was runner-up at the SEC 7’s in the Fall, just narrowly losing out to the University of Tennessee.
Get out your Carolina blue. The University of North Carolina comes into the field in a similar fashion to LSU, having lost in the championship of the Atlantic Coast 7’s (ACC) to neighboring NC State. The Tarheels are a commodity in college sports and boast a quality rugby program that will be a welcome addition to the field.
Boston College rounds out the new additions and comes in as a relative unknown in college 7’s, but are another solid addition.
The four recently announced teams join a field that already includes defending champions Utah, runner-up Cal, Army, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Temple.
Another spot in the CRC will be wrapped up following the upcoming Las Vegas Invitational. The winner of the CRC bracket in Las Vegas gets an automatic birth in the CRC.
The field for the CRC bracket is finalized and 28 teams have been divided into seven pools that represent two brackets. The top eight teams from each bracket (16 teams total) move onto the knockout rounds with the remaining teams going into a consolation bracket.
The teams battling for the title will have their work cut out for them. After playing three pool games, it will take another four wins to claim the LVI CRC Championship and book a trip to Philadelphia.
Pools & Brackets for the CRC Division at the upcoming Las Vegas Invitational
San Diego State
New Mexico State
University of San Diego