UA Rugby looks to take over Philly - Tucson News Now

UA Rugby looks to take over Philly

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

You might just call this weekend’s Collegiate Rugby Championships, a celebration of Arizona Wildcats Rugby.

Just a club program, UA has finished in the Top 5 of this event in four of the CRC’s six years of existence.

The Wildcats return to Philadelphia looking for their first national championship in Rugby 7s.

The weekend will also see the induction of seven into the U.S Rugby Hall of Fame. Two of the seven are cornerstones of the UA program.

Dave Sitton, the Wildcats player and coach for 36 years will be inducted posthumously. He’ll be joined by Steve Gray, originally a UA golfer who switched to rugby as a senior in 1969 and went on to be a member of the first USA Eagles 15s team.

Gray earned six international caps with the USA’s 15s squad and 18 with the Eagles 7s.

This year’s Wildcats’ 7s squad will play in Pool C on Saturday with matches against Army (7:40 a.m.), Navy (9:40 a.m.) and St. Joseph (12:30 p.m.) at PPL Park.

If UA advances out of Pool play the Cats will play in the Cup Knockout stage on Sunday with a chance to win the national championship.

Arizona finished 2nd in 2012 losing in the championship match to Dartmouth 24-5. The Wildcats placed third at last year’s Collegiate Rugby Championships.

UA Women’s Rugby will also compete at the CRC for a second straight year. The Wildcats’ women’s team finished 1-4 last summer.

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