Collegiate Rugby Championship

University of Pennsylvania

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Located in Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania is one of America’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Penn is America’s first University, and home to America’s first Medical School (the Pereleman School of Medicine) and Business School (Wharton). Unlike the other Colonial Colleges, Penn was founded not merely to train clergy but instead to provide what its founder, Benjamin Franklin, envisioned as a pragmatic education to our nascent nation’s youth so that they might become leaders in industry and governance.

Today, Penn continues Franklin’s vision by producing leaders on the rugby pitch. After decades without a proper home field, Penn finally found one with the creation of Penn Park in 2011, and, ever since, the team has been on the rise. Penn is a founding member of the Ivy Rugby Conference and 2012 Ivy South Champions. Lead by Co-Captains Billy Barron ’15 and John Colavita ’14, Penn finished second in Ivy 7s play and now is poised to build upon that success at the Collegiate Rugby Championships.

Penn’s achievements must be credited to its dedicated coaching staff, lead by Head Coach Omar Foda and Assistant Coaches Brian Dunbar and Rob Doyle. Combined, these coaches have molded a young team into a dynamic and exciting squad, sculpting raw talent like Christian “Fonz” Collins ’14 and Sawyer Waugh ’14, while still improving upon already experienced players like Doug Swift ’15 and Arthur Rempel ’16. Supported by its dedicated alumni and fans, Penn Rugby has the support it needs to succeed at the CRC.