The Arizona Wildcats have lost Carl Jensen, their leading try-scorer in Columbus at the first CRC, to graduation, but they've gotten back a couple guys who were injured this time a year ago.
One is Trent Fischer, a high school national champion at Jesuit (Sacramento) and U20 Eagle. Fischer has had injury problems throughout his career at Arizona, tearing both ACLs, which forced him out of the 2010 CRC. He is healthy now, and will provide an experienced boot for the Wildcats.
The biggest name making its CRC debut for the Arizona is Peter Tiberio. A 2010 USA Rugby All-American, 2011 RUGBYMag.com All-Collegiate performer and capped 7s Eagle, Tiberio is one of the most decorated players in the entire CRC field. He has blinding speed and will be a huge boost for the Wildcats.
Returning from last year's team Brett Thompson, the son of former National Team player and current High School All Americans coach Salty Thompson. Brett spent two years as a linebacker and special teams contributor for the Arizona gridiron squad, and opted to leave the football program and focus on rugby, both 7s and 15s, after the spring football season.
The Collegiate Rugby Championship, June 4-5 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, will be aired live on NBC both days. Irish punk band The Dropkick Murphy's will be performing a free post-match concert at PPL Park June 4. For more info, visit usasevenscrc.com.
• NBC Sports live coverage from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
• Versus live coverage from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
• Versus bonus coverage from 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET on June 4
• NBC Mobile live simulcast from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET on June 4 and 5
• Hulu.com full event coverage available on-demand in HD quality video