Philly-based women’s team hopes to make an impact after a year off from the Penn Mutual CRC – Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Temple women seek a comeback

Philadelphia, Penn. — May 18, 2016 — After having to turn down an invitation to the 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the Temple University Women’s Rugby Club is psyched to return this year.

“We’re all just super, super thrilled to be a part of the CRCs this year. It was something that we unfortunately had to sit on the sidelines and watch last year,” said Assistant Coach Dr. James J. Hoffmann Jr. “This year has been all about rebuilding our program, having a lot of fun and having a great build up t

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owards this upcoming CRCs. So we’re all really excited to be there and no matter what happens we’re going to have a great time.”

Bringing back a team after it’s ceased to exist for a semester is a hard job to have, but Coach Hoffmann, who is also an Assistant Profess of Instruction in Kinesiology at the school, is confident in their performance. The elimination of their spring 2015 season was the result of a disorderly conduct sentence by the university last year, where the club had to serve some mandatory down time. During that spring semester the team could only meet for basic organizational purposes but was not allowed to run any practices, recruiting, social activities, etc.

“We had a little hiccup last year; so this fall and spring have been about getting our program back in order and getting everything where we want it to be. The girls have come together really, really nicely and they’ve had a lot of good bonding experiences this last semester and a couple really, really awesome 7s games,” continued Coach Hoffmann.

To approach the 2016 fall season, Hoffmann stepped in to help the club determine its short and long-term goals. The outcome was the suggestion to the girls that they focus on using the fall to recruit, have fun and teach players the skills of the game. This all would lead up to their ultimate goal of “a great showing” at the Penn Mutual CRCs.

“The girls were really disappointed that we didn’t get to participate last year, so pitching it as our big thing for this season was really easy and a really good way to rally everyone together,” said Coach Hoffmann. “As a team our baseline level has come up very significantly which is something that I’m very happy with. So the people who were formerly low performers are now all where they want to be- and that’s great.”

Currently the university has generously offered the team access to a turf football field to practice on; the rugby fields “are really torn up and just a big dust bowl,” in Hoffmann’s words. With the spring semester over for Temple University, Hoffmann has encouraged students to stay local whether in the dorms or simply in the area. Captain Allyson Boyd thinks that the players who will head to the CRC have a lot to gain from the experience.

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“We have a lot of young talent which is a great thing because if we can keep getting invited back, then we can really showcase it and really develop into a team that people come to watch- like the bigger teams that come from around the country,” said Boyd.

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