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CRC Update: Four New Teams Added & More

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.

Of the four teams, Arizona is the only one that played in the 2010 championship. The Wildcats made a strong run at the 2010 CRC reaching the Semifinals before being knocked out by Cal.

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.

Speaking of…

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 

Bracket 1
Pool A
Central Washington
Texas State
Ohio University
Stony Brook 

Pool B
Eastern Washington
Cal Poly
Bowling Green
Texas Tech 

Pool C
San Diego State
St. Joseph’s
Texas
Creighton 

Pool D
Nebraska
UC Davis
Claremont Colleges
Yale 

Bracket 2
Pool E
Delaware
Miami (Ohio)
New Mexico State
Cornhuskers

Pool F
Air Force
Weber State
Whittier
New Mexico

Pool G
Kutztown University
University of San Diego
UCLA
Brown

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5 comments on “CRC Update: Four New Teams Added & More

  1. Rob
    January 27, 2011

    BC will be in over their heads. They don’t have the backs to compete at this level. I know that the CRC is going for name recognition, but I don’t think that was a good decision. They finished 3rd (behind Northeastern and Army) in a fairly week NERFU last year. Northeastern would have been a better choice (from a rugby standpoint)

  2. Rugby America
    January 27, 2011

    Until there is a formal qualification process, some of the choices are going to be made from a business mindset. It also appears as if they’re trying to get some new faces involved. I actually don’t mind seeing a few teams like Boston College or Temple in the mix. Being in the CRC could be a big spark for their programs.

    Plus, you never know with 7’s. A team like BC is already out of the spring playoff picture, they might hunker down and play 7’s all spring and suprise a few people in June.

  3. RuggerUA
    January 27, 2011

    Temple was already on the upswing before the CRC invitation – they were runners-up in D2 championship and got Munster interested in one of their players. Inviting Temple to CRC was a no-brainer from business standpoint – they are a local Philadelphia team. I hope either Delaware or Kutztown win the LVI to qualify for the CRC. They have many alumni in the Philly area and could help with bringing in the crowd.

  4. AndyR
    January 27, 2011

    All uproar about teams being selected is quite ridiculous. The CRC is a private event – they’ll invite who they like.

    I’m sure there will be a Collegiate Sevens Nationals Championship run by USAR in the near future.

  5. America
    January 27, 2011

    people can criticize and debate all they want. I havent seen anyone say “they aren’t allowed to…” I have only seen “they shouldn’t have…” So there is no debate about whether or not a private company can do what they want and invite who they like. Just because you dislike the points being made does not change that fact. As American rugby fans/players/coaches/etc we have a stake in the success of this event and since this is a private event USA Sevens wants to make money off of it and they are expecting US to show up.

    Temple is not a great choice. They had one standout player which got them to the championship game last year and was the reason for a lot of their success before that (yes, one star and a competent supporting cast can get you that far in d2). So look for Temple to decline rapidly. Their high school recruiting is non-existent and they got blown out by SJU, a d2 team (Temple is d1 now) this fall. It is a shame. They missed a big opportunity to capitalize off of their run.

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