Lindenwood University Defeats Clemson University in Las Vegas Invitational, Earning a Berth in 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – March 6, 2017 – This past weekend at the Las Vegas Invitational, Lindenwood University earned a berth in the 24-team men’s college Rugby 7s field for the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, with their 29-0 victory over Clemson University.
Lindenwood returns to Philadelphia for this year’s championship competition, the seventh consecutive year that the event has been held in Philadelphia and at Talen Energy Stadium, bringing national and International attention to the region through the live broadcasts on the networks of NBC Sports.
The two-day rugby festival is one of the largest gatherings of collegiate and high school rugby teams in the world, with over 30,000 anticipated to be in attendance. Penn Mutual is in the third year of a title sponsorship for the event, and NBC Sports once again returns as both broadcaster and event partner.
Lindenwood joins a field that boasts four-time defending champion University of California, returning to the pitch on which they have won the Pete Dawkins Trophy in an unprecedented show of dominance. Rugby sevens squads from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas State, Army, Boston College, Dartmouth, Indiana University, Life University, Navy, University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s College (Moraga, California), Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin, as well as Philadelphia-area favorites Delaware, Kutztown, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s and Temple University have all earned a spot in the 2017 championship field. The remaining two men’s teams will be determined through a process of selection and qualifiers.