Academy Makes Big Impact at CRCs!
The Schuylkill River Rugby U-23 Academy 7s team made a big impact this year at the Collegiate Rugby Championship (https://www.usasevenscrc.com/) in Chester PA over the weekend. The following individuals participated in the event and have previously played/coached for Schuylkill River. This list doesn’t include all of the new players that played in the CRC and will be joining Schuylkill this summer.
In the Challenge Cup division the West Chester Golden Rams were coached by Schuylkill player Ty Anderson and led on the field by John King and Brian Keown. King has the added distinction of being a 4 year player in Second City Troop’s youth program (Troop and Schuylkill merged in 2015) making him our first player to pipeline through one of our youth programs into the Academy and then onto the men’s team while also playing in the CRC along the way. Nice work John!
Joining West Chester in the Challenge Cup division were the Villanova Wildcats who are coached by our U-23 Academy 7s coach Biddy Boyle and are lead on the field by prop Matt Hughes. The Drexel Dragons also took part in this year’s Challenge Cup and were coached by Mike Burch who is Schuylkill’s assistant 7s coach.
In the Championship division the University of Delaware Blue Hens returned to the national stage featuring Schuylkill players John McCurdy and Grayson Haynes. The St. Joe’s Hawks featured Schuylkill player Chris Curcio. The Temple Owls were represented by Lenny Ramos. Last, but certainly not least, the Kutztown Golden Bears had 5 Schuylkill players on their roster including Samuel Devine, Jason DeNofa, Dave Snead, Alex Faison-Donohue, and Angel Santiago in addition to their coach Doc Jones who helps manage Schuylkill River’s 7s program.
Schuylkill River is proud of what all of these great players have accomplished and we are happy that our summer 7s program has helped them along the way. We look forward to developing even more talent in the summer of 2017 and invite all players, regardless of age, to come out and join us.