Cal reflects on its 4th Straight Penn Mutual CRC Victory – Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Philadelphia, Penn. — June 5, 2016 — Four time consecutive winners Cal defeated UCLA in a 31-7 match this afternoon, giving the team quite a lot to think about. This year’s event was not only success for California-based rugby programs, but the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship hit a new two-day record for overall attendance: 27,224. 

Head Coach Jake Anderson

“Congratulations to both Arizona and UCLA I mean you know the semifinal and the final were against good teams and UCLA is a very special team. They can beat you just every which way. They play a lot of team ball and we have a couple guys who know how to run the length of the field and they’re a really good team. So it’s a great victory for us anytime we come out winners against them.”

Clara Lefton

Clara Lefton

Junior Jamie Howells

“It was really great. We started to get in shape in the second half. In the first half we kind of played to their game and had a hard time.”

Senior James Kondrat

“It’s just surreal. Everytime we come here it’s just surreal to be a part of such a tight group of guys. We always said throughout the weekend, ‘Our strength is team ball’ It wasn’t just speed, it wasn’t just ball handling, it was team ball- we always play team ball. So to have that come together and for us to win it’s just surreal. I can’t say it any other way. [Now post-college] I’ll probably want to go play for the New York Athletic Club.”

Clara Lefton

Clara Lefton

Junior and Captain Russell Webb

“The game is kind of a blur I’m just really proud of the boys who gave it 100%. It’s tough to play six games, especially when we narrowed it down with the weather problems. We went to bed very early, we woke up very early- it was very, very professional. I just couldn’t be happier or prouder of the boys, especially the ones leaving.”

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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