For the first time this weekend, competition in the 2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will be carried live on ESPN2, ESPNews and the new ESPN+ app.
Philadelphia is in the international sports spotlight this coming weekend, as the Olympic sport of Rugby 7s returns to Talen Energy Stadium for the 2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd.
The three-day rugby festival is one of the largest gatherings of collegiate and high school rugby teams in the world, with over 30,000 fans anticipated to be in attendance.
The 2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship features the nation’s top 24 men’s collegiate rugby 7s teams, the top 16 women’s teams, a regional competition with a six-team field vying for a spot in next year’s main bracket; the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) national championship; and a national high school tournament with both boys’ and girls’ teams.
The 24-team men’s field features America’s best teams, including: Air Force, Arizona, Arkansas State, Army, Boston College, Dartmouth, Delaware, Eastern Washington, Indiana, Iona, Kutztown, Life, Lindenwood, Maryland, Mount Saint Mary’s, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, South Carolina, Temple, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.
The live television coverage schedule will be as follows:
• Saturday, June 2: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2
• Sunday, June 3: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2
• Sunday, June 3: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET on ESPNews.
All the other matches featured in-stadium will be covered live on ESPN+, the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and ESPN.