The Collegiate Rugby Championship, the invitational 7s event held every June and run by United World Sports, and broadcast every year on NBC, has named five more teams to compete at PPL Park just outside Philadelphia May 30-June 1.
The teams invited are: Texas, UCLA, Temple, St. Joseph's, and Drexel.
Texas has been a repeat competitor at the CRC, although 2013 was not their best performance as they bowed out in the Shield semis.
UCLA played in their first CRC in 2013 and brought vocal crowd support as well as their A game. The Bruins played well all weekend, won some close games, and made the semifinals, where their run ended against eventual winners Cal.
Temple has made every CRC in Philadelphia, and last year secured their first victory, in the Shield Semis against Villanova. The Owls bring the most vocal crowd at the CRC with strong local following. But in the Shield Final in 2013 they were edged by Penn.
Two more local teams join the CRC. St. Joseph's is a solid team that made the Plate Semis in 2013. Brand new to the CRC is Drexel. The Philadelphia-based college hosts parts of the CRC weekend at their grounds. Drexel, Temple and St. Joe's were all semi finalists in he City 6, the Philadelphia tournament that out winners Penn not the CRC.
So that confirms 18 of the 20 spots filled: