Sunday, December 21, 2014

Local colleges give rugby a try

If you were over by Rittenhouse Square at lunchtime on Tuesday, you might have noticed a bunch of guys in tight shorts and shirts tossing a football around.

Local colleges give rugby a try

If you were over by Rittenhouse Square at lunchtime on Tuesday, you might have noticed a bunch of guys in tight shorts and shirts tossing a football around.

No, the NFL hasn't suddenly changed its rules. What you saw was a demonstration of rugby ahead of the college Rugby Sevens tournament at PPL Park on June 1 and 2.

It's the third straight year in a row that Philadelphia has gotten to host the event. Twenty teams will participate, including six local colleges and a bunch of national rugby powers.

Here's a video report that we put together on Tuesday's event and the growth of college rugby in the Philadelphia region.

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