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September 25, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Ask Roger Neilson a question, you might be surprised by the answer. The Flyers' coach is known around the NHL as kind of a cerebral eccentric. He is also known for his emphasis on video analysis. So a reporter wondered, during the two days Neilson took off with lower back spasms while the Flyers hosted Pittsburgh Tuesday and visited Montreal Wednesday, how did he pass his time? The Flyers haven't played enough for him to need to break down very many game tapes. And Wednesday's game, a 7-1 victory, wasn't even televised locally.
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August 15, 1999 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Philadelphia-Whitemarsh shook off Elvis at the Opry, 17-12, during pool play of the USA Rugby National Sevens Club Championship yesterday at A.A. Garthwaite Stadium in Conshohocken. Last year, Philadelphia-Whitemarsh was eliminated by Elvis at the Opry, of Nashville. Not only did the hosts avenge that loss yesterday, they also beat Belmont Shore, 24-17, and Sacramento, 12-0, to advance into today's quarterfinals with a 3-0 record in pool play. It's the third straight year that Philadelphia-Whitemarsh has advanced in the tournament from an elite 16-team national field.
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November 10, 2010 | By the Inquirer Staff
Temple and Penn State will be among 16 teams competing next spring in the USA 7's Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Chester. The tournament is scheduled for June 4 and 5, and will be broadcast live nationally on NBC both days. Rugby sevens will be an Olympic sport beginning in 2016, and the USA 7's Collegiate Rugby Championship will give a preview of the talent pool for the U.S. team. "International sports fans have always supported rugby with an ardent fervor, and we hope the fans of Philadelphia will similarly embrace it," said Jon Miller, executive vice president of NBC Sports.
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June 5, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 20-minute-long rugby matches hurried by Saturday as relentlessly as the Shore-bound traffic on the Commodore Barry Bridge, whose long span hovered high above PPL Park's grandstands. Even as two teams lined up for post-match handshakes, two more were sprinting onto the field for another of the compact rugby sevens contests. Watching 16 teams play 24 games in a 10-hour span, you realize there's a lot you didn't know about the game. For example: This ain't the NBA. Baggy shorts haven't cracked rugby's traditions yet. As a result, with all the short-shorts and thighs on display, the games resemble Village People performances or the mosh-pit at a Debbie Gibson concert.
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May 15, 2013 | By Tyler R. Tynes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rugby teams from local colleges gathered in Rittenhouse Square on Tuesday, closing off parts of 18th and Walnut Streets to promote the 2013 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Chester on June 1 and 2. Players from Temple, St. Joseph's, Delaware and Penn explained proper tackling, ball movement, how scrums work, and some of the rules governing the game. "Basically, it's a demonstration to get people acquainted to what rugby is," said Hawks junior wing Eric Jackman, a graduate of St. Joseph's Prep.
NEWS
April 13, 1992 | By Don Beideman, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
The lettering on Josh Hopfinger's T-shirt says: "Rugby is a beastly sport played by gentlemen. " It could just as easily read: Rugby is a beastly sport played by some not- so-gentle women. For clarification, just ask those who play for the unofficial West Chester University women's club team. Or you can ask Hopfinger. He's their coach. The team is "unofficial" because the university has not recognized it as a club sport for women. A men's club has received sanction, another issue that can make these rugby women beastly - or, at least upset.
NEWS
October 17, 1989 | By Frank Lawlor, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the sun rose Saturday morning over Edgely Field in Fairmount Park, a dozen members of the Philadelphia Women's Rugby Football Club were busy hammering stakes, erecting goals and chalking lines into the expansive plateau. Sitting nearby on a baseball bench, team captain Maryanne Sorensen went to work taping her big toe. "I've got to do the big toe by itself because the nail can come off," she said, proceeding to pull adhesive tape around her instep and ankle. Within the half-hour, Sorensen was sprinting gustily on the bum toe down the newly fashioned rugby fields.
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May 31, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fourth annual USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship, which kicks off Saturday at PPL Park and will continue Sunday, features 20 of the country's top collegiate teams competing in a variation of traditional rugby. Rugby sevens pits two teams of seven players against each another in two seven-minute halves, allowing for 47 matches to be played over two days. "It's a 14-minute game, so if you don't like the two teams going, sit tight. There's another one coming right around the corner," said St. Joseph's coach Sean Duffy.
NEWS
May 21, 1992 | By Frank Brown, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Just seven years ago, a local high school wrestling coach organized Bucks County's first rugby team for boys. Since then, the founder and coach, John Tomlinson, has turned the Doylestown Junior Rugby Football Club into something of a power in the small world of high school rugby. And, last weekend, in a testament to the strength of the local team and their coach, Doylestown was host for the USA Rugby High School National Championship. All previous championships had been held in cities.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2010
I FIRST SAW Emily Tunney and Emily Record at the gym, doing what appeared to me to be a wrestling or extreme fighter-type of routine. I was floored when they told me that they played on a women's rugby team. Tunney, 26, a Temple University graduate who works as an administrative coordinator at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and Record, 29, a computer programmer and Drexel grad, met and are now teammates on the Philadelphia Women's Rugby Football Club, a Division 1 league.
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June 2, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was no shortage of drama Sunday in the final of the collegiate rugby sevens championship at PPL Park in Chester. The repeat of last year's final was neck-and-neck through 14 minutes of play as the teams ended regulation tied at 12. The Kutztown fans in maroon and gold making up nearly half of the 11,023 fans in attendance seemed to grasp how close their team was to upsetting the tournament's early favorite. Echoes of "Let's go, Kutztown" reverberated across the stadium. But two minutes into sudden death overtime, University of California cocaptain and tournament MVP Jake Anderson broke away from a pack of Kutztown players and surged toward the end zone, scoring the final try of his collegiate career in a 17-12 victory.
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June 1, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rugby sevens squad from the University of California is no stranger to PPL Park, home of the collegiate rugby championships this weekend. Walking off the field in sticky late-afternoon heat Saturday after their third pool-play game - against Virginia Tech - the Golden Bears had a familiar view: parents decked in navy and gold smacking their palms together in support; sweaty, shirtless fans sipping from cans of beer; and the rosy-cheeked faces of...
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May 31, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aram Keshgegian and Eric Jackman looked at each other and both started counting with their fingers. Keshgegian and Jackman, teammates on St. Joseph's men's rugby team who also went to St. Joseph's Prep, couldn't remember which of their former high school teammates are playing in the Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park this weekend. St. Joe's Prep will be well-represented in the 20-team rugby sevens tournament that starts with pool play at 9 a.m. on Saturday - with Keshgegian and Jackman both on the Hawks, Ryan McNulty playing for Penn State, and Dan Conmy for Notre Dame.
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May 31, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Lindenwood women's rugby team sat in a circle with their legs crossed and their eyes closed. First-year head coach Billy Nicholas paced around them and told them to visualize what went right in their last win against Boston University. While doing so, he placed a full water pistol behind each of their backs. "When I say go, I want you to turn around and use what's behind you," Nicholas said to his team. And when he did, the players whipped around confused before screaming and shooting water at each other, cooling off physically and mentally at the same time.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The United States will defend its gold medal from the last Olympic rugby championship at next year's Summer Games in Rio. You don't recall team captain "Babe" Slater 's heroics in that 17-3 U.S. blowout over France? No surprise: It was in 1924. Rugby will be returning to the Olympics after 92 years, and one of the biggest customer-owned Philadelphia-area companies you might not be familiar with has joined forces with Comcast's NBC Sports , fast-growing but cash-starved men's and women's college rugby programs, and a gang of sports promoters who see opportunity in a revival of the famously physical ballgame.
NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Jared Steckler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stop us if you've heard this before: St. Joseph's Prep is headed to the state semifinals. But it's not the football team, famous for rattling off wins in 55 straight Catholic League games between 1999 and 2007. Nor is it the baseball team or crew, nor any of the usual programs that frequently revel in the Prep's athletic glory. This time, it's the rugby program - and is is welcoming all applicants. "The kid who just got cut from baseball for the third year in a row," team moderator Brian McCloskey said.
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September 29, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Baker was actually a rugby player. After running during his freshman year at Springfield College in Massachusetts, Baker, 200 pounds and built for a more physical sport, took up rugby. He had a chance to continue playing with a local Haddonfield team after college, but he declined. His passion was somewhere else. "They'd travel all over the East Coast," Baker said. "I wanted to be at track meets on Saturdays, not traveling to some rugby game. " Baker made a good decision.
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June 3, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
California's Seamus Kelly is a member of the U.S. national rugby team, a national sevens champion, and widely considered the best player in collegiate rugby. So when Cal lost to Brigham Young in the 15s national finals on May 3, potentially souring the end of Kelly's college career, the Golden Bears wanted to make sure they did one thing. "We wanted to send off our three-time captain Seamus Kelly with a national championship," center Patrick Barrientes said after top-seeded Cal's 24-21 win over No. 5 Kutztown in the Collegiate Rugby Championship Sevens tournament at PPL Park in Chester on Sunday.
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June 3, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
WITH 2 minutes left in the Collegiate Rugby Championship against Kutztown, California had hit a snag in its plan. Following a scrum near the try-zone, Jake Anderson got caught in the center of the field between several defenders. Frantic, he found Patrick Barrientes streaking down the left touch line and lobbed a skip pass 10 meters to his teammate across the grass. Barrientes received it with a Kutztown defender in front of him and leapt 5 meters from the emerald pitch. When he came back to earth, Cal had scored and finally put the contest out of reach.
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June 2, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the beginning of Saturday, four city schools were among 20 teams vying for the 2014 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Chester. By the end of the day, none was among the top eight in the Cup Division that will compete for a national title Sunday. Drexel, Penn, St. Joseph's, and Temple combined to go 2-10 against their pools during the first two days of the tournament. One of the victories occurred when two city schools were matched up - Drexel defeated Temple, 12-7, Saturday afternoon.
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