By: CWU Public Affairs
Posted: May 24, 2011
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Central Washington University men’s rugby club will compete in the 2011 USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championships (CRC) Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, in Philadelphia.
The Wildcats will be among 16 of the nation’s top teams that will square off in 38 games throughout the weekend at PPL Park. CWU will face Army, Navy and the University of North Carolina on day one in pool play.
“We are excited about our pool,” said CWU head coach Bob Ford. “Getting to play the service academies will be a great test for our student athletes. North Carolina is a bit of an unknown but will certainly provide a challenge as the last match of day.”
By winning the 27-team CRC qualifying tournament in Las Vegas in February, the Wildcats became the only team to win its way into the championships.
“Being the only team that earned its way in, we’re going into the tournament with a bit of a chip on our shoulder,” said CWU coach Anthony Pacheco. “We certainly don’t lack confidence in our ability but we know how much hard work it’s going to take to have a successful tournament.”
The Central rugby team has established itself as one of the premier programs in the country. It is one of only two teams from the west coast, along with the University of California, Berkeley, participating in the 7s championship.
The tournament will be produced by NBC Sports and televised live on NBC and its partner networks, which include Versus and Hulu.com.