NEW YORK – A final updated 2017 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship has been announced, that will include Boston College and Utah Valley into the pool of 14 teams, replacing Utah and Arizona State. Boston College joins the 2017 Varsity Cup having completed one of their strongest seasons in recent history this past fall, finishing in a standings tie atop the East Coast Rugby Conference. Utah Valley, no stranger to the Varsity Cup having won the 2015 D1AA Varsity Cup Championship, is also coming off a strong fall season, winning the Mountain States Collegiate Rugby Conference. Round One kicks off April 8 at six different universities across the nation, followed by the April 15 quarterfinals and April 22 semifinals before the May 6 Varsity Cup national championship final, which will be hosted at Stevens Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University and broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 12pm PST.
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United World Sports (UWS) is the largest commercial rugby entity in the United States, and the owner and operator of a growing portfolio of dynamic sports, media and apparel brands including, the USA Sevens Rugby international tournament, the largest professional rugby event in North America; the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the premier college 7s rugby championship; and the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship, the 15s national rugby championship. Through its apparel division, UWS owns the exclusive North and South American license for Rhino Rugby, one of the world’s leading rugby apparel and equipment brands. UWS also owns and operates RugbyToday.com, the largest and most widely read media destination dedicated to American rugby. For more information about UWS and its properties, visit: http://www.unitedworldsports.com
ABOUT THE VARSITY CUP RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
The Varsity Cup is America’s top collegiate postseason championship. Established in 2013, the Varsity Cup features 14 of the most recognized and accomplished collegiate rugby programs in the United States, perennial conference champions from the most prestigious rugby conferences on the country, including the Ivy, Rugby East, PAC Rugby, Pacific Northwest, Mid-South, etc., along with elite at-large participants who have reached the national semifinals every year and the national collegiate championship in 31 of 33 years from 1980-2012.