Player Q&A: Boston University’s Abigael Yotts – Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Philadelphia, Penn. — April 25, 2016 — Abigael Yotts grew up in Quincy, MA playing high school basketball and softball, but it wasn’t until college that she decided to take on rugby. A current junior at the northeastern-based school, she’s played in every single 7s match BU has had in the Penn Mutual CRC the last two years; last year BU ended up taking third place in Pool C behind American International College and Lindenwood College.



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What encouraged you to join the team? I was never going to make [an NCAA Division I] team so I looked at the club teams and they had a bunch of really interesting ones: equestrian, synchronized swimming- but it was totally not for me. But then I thought about rugby. I didn’t really have a large of knowledge about it, but I at least knew that it was running and throwing a ball and those are things I was pretty familiar with…So I just decided to go learn more about it. I went to a practice and the first thing we did was tackling drills and I was like, ‘This is fantastic. This is everything I’ve ever wanted to do in a basketball game: just tackle someone to the ground.’



Has rugby been a social outlet for you? Yeah, definitely. My best friends in college have come from the rugby team. You know those are the friends I’m going to be in touch with probably for the rest of my life.



Have you played rugby outside of BU? A majority of what I’ve done has been playing with BU, but I have practiced with the local women’s team: Boston Women. Unfortunately I was taking classes over the summer, but hopefully this summer will be a bit lighter so I’ll be able to practice and go to some more tournaments with them.



How do you feel this season’s been going? In the past we’ve been around more a 35-person roster and we’ve been able to get it up more around to 45-50…With the bigger numbers we’ve been able to field a full 7s A-side, a 7s B-side and also a 15s developmental side. So that kind of gives us an opportunity to lay down some fundamentals for the fall. It also creates healthy competition with our 7s people knowing that there are other people below you: if you’re on the A-side, that are fighting for a position. With just having enough people to scrimmage we get more out of practice. We took first in the Siena 7s Tournament A-Side and B-Side and at the Rickerson Cup at Princeton the A-Side came in third and the B-Side came in second.



Do you feel
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like your team is stronger in 15s or 7s? 
I would really say that our strengths are in 7s. We just have a lot of really great athletes: very dynamic and quick, have really good field vision. Those skills have translated well for us in the 7s games. We’ve been invited back to the CRC’s this is going to be our fourth time. We’ve just all kind of decided that 7s is the thing we’ve sort of expanded the most in and feel like we have the best shot at continuing to expand.



About United World Sports:



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 Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company:



Since its founding in 1847, Penn Mutual has been driven by its noble purpose to create a world of possibilities. At the heart of this purpose is the belief that purchasing life insurance is the most protective, responsible and rewarding action a person can take, and is central to a sound financial plan. The company is committed to helping individuals, families and small businesses unlock life’s possibilities through life insurance and annuity solutions. This is accomplished through a national network of more than 5,000 financial professionals, who help clients make great things possible. Penn Mutual supports its field representatives with brokerage services through Honor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor and wholly owned subsidiary. Member FINRA/SIPC. Visit Penn Mutual on the Internet at http://www.pennmutual.com.



About NBC Sports Group:



When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital.



Media Contacts:



Jim DeLorenzo, jim@jhdenterprises.com, (215) 266-5943



Joe Favorito, fatherknickerbocker1@yahoo.com, (201) 746-0005



Clara Lefton, clara.lefton@gmail.com

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