Founded in 1962, Penn State Rugby is one of the most successful collegiate rugby programs in the United States, consistently fielding teams that compete for the National Championship. TFounded in 1962, Penn State Rugby is one of the most successful collegiate rugby programs in the United States, consistently fielding teams that compete for the National Championship. The Penn State Rugby program is classified by the University as a Team Sport rather than a Club Sport as is found with most collegiate rugby programs, and as such is part of Penn State’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Penn State Men’s Rugby has some of the nation’s top coaching and administrative staff and also provides athletes with varsity health insurance, athletic training, varsity strength and conditioning coaching, direct medical referrals to PSU team doctors, treatment, rehabilitation and more. Penn State Rugby is an organization that combines a highly successful team, a dedicated University and an alumni network that is over 1600 members strong, into one singular program devoted to being a flagship in U.S. collegiate rugby. A participant since its inception, this is the sixth trip to the CRC’s for the Penn State 7’s program which has shown significant improvement each year they return to the tournament. With high performance preparation and year round 7’s training as a part of PSU’s overall training matrix, the team is poised to build on their performance at last year’s CRC. Lead by a new Head Coach in Blake Burdette and several key returning players, including captains Brian McKellra and Mike Eife, the Nittany Lions are hopeful that the 2016 CRC’s will be a memorable one.