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Philly Area to Host USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship

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    Vai Plays Rugby

    With the Collegiate Rugby Championships coming to Chester this June, Vai Sikahema decided to give the sport a try. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010)

    The second-ever USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship, a Rugby Sevens World Cup style tournament featuring 16 top-tier collegiate rugby teams, will be held at PPL Park in Chester, PA, on both Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. The tournament will be broadcast nationally on NBC live on both days.

    “We are excited that NBC Sports is bringing the Collegiate Rugby Championship to Chester in 2011,” said Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. “Not only does this mean more jobs for Chester residents, but it also allows for a whole new set of fans and viewers to experience PPL Park and Chester’s fine waterfront, our historic birthplace.”

    Rugby Sevens will be an Olympic sport starting in 2016 and the USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship offers fans a preview of the talent pool available for the U.S. Olympic team.

    The USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship features 16 Division I collegiate traditional powers, including; Temple, Penn State, Notre Dame, Army, Navy, Cal and defending champs Utah.

    For more information on getting tickets for June 4, 5 or 6 CLICK HERE.

    The championship will be broadcasted live in NBC.

    To get into the Rugby spirit, former Eagles player and NBC10's own Vai Sikahema joined Temple's Rugby team in a scrimmage against Penn State.