Another Big Weekend at the Collegiate Rugby Championship
Schuylkill River had another big weekend at the Collegiate Rugby Championship (https://www.usasevenscrc.com) in Chester PA two weeks ago following up on last year’s tournament which featured four coaches and twelve players with connections to our club. This time around the numbers were even higher for Philadelphia rugby’s flagship 7s tean as an incredible eight coaches and fifteen players with previous involvement in our program competed in the event.
In the Freedom Division the Villanova Wildcats were coached by River U23 Academy coach Biddy Boyle alongside Schuylkill Hall of Famer Steve Green and were led on the field by PJ Maher and Matt Hughes. Drexel also participated in the Freedom Division with River 7s head coach Mike Burch and 2017 All-American Kyle Kent leading the way. Last but not least, West Chester was coached by Schuylkill old boy Bjorn Haglid and current Schuylkill 7s player Tyler Anderson with players Paul Diorio and John King taking the field.
In the Championship division the University of Delaware Blue Hens were coached by Schuylkill old boy Stru Murray alongside current Schuylkill 7s player Mitch Vannoy and on the field featured a quarter of Schuylkill players including John McCurdy, Joe Osinubi, Grayson Haynes, and Matt Ramires. Kutztown was also in the Championship division and matched UDel with a quarter of their own with Jason DeNofa, Sam Devine, Angel Santiago, and Brandon Boon led by legendary KU coach and Schuylkill manager Doc Jones. Also competing in the Championship division were Boston College and Riley Curtain as well as St. Joes and Chris Curcio.
This of course is in addition to the fact that Schuylkill’s new U19 team made their debut with twelve players at the high school division of this event and was coached by five active Schuylkill players including Greg Mininger, Ben Janssen, Dan Deal, Ryan McHugh, and Dave Codell. Schuylkill River is proud of what all of these great players have accomplished and we are happy that our 7s program has helped them along the way. We look forward to developing even more talent in the summer of 2018 and continuing to work on our grass roots Philadelphia rugby initiatives.