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Love the Legacy: Reflections on the Life of Significance Award

By Jenna Jones | October 31, 2017

I was honored to be the recipient of Penn Mutual’s Life of Significance award for this year. I had no idea I had even been nominated by my coach until I got the phone call while at rugby practice. I’ve since read the amazing bios of the other nominees, and I’m humbled to have even been nominated.

Rugby Leadership Summit Builds the Next Generation of Leaders

By Jessica Choi | July 11, 2017

After this year’s Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, we held an invitation-only Leadership Summit for a select group of rugby players. Not only does Penn Mutual love rugby, we also want to help build the next generation of leaders.

Reflections on the Growth of Women’s Rugby

By Kristen Thomas | February 21, 2017

I have been thinking a lot recently about my journey in rugby and the overall rise of women’s rugby in the United States. As I reflect upon the last several years, I realize that we women have accomplished a lot. For the first time ever, women’s rugby was in the Olympics, and women’s rugby is now tabbed an NCAA Emerging Varsity Sport. Most importantly, however, thousands of girls are picking up a rugby ball.

My Experience Playing Rugby at the Rio Olympics

By Madison Hughes | December 27, 2016

The growth of collegiate rugby and the return to the Olympics have given us great visibility, but I believe it is the growth of youth rugby in the U.S. that we must focus on, as this will increase the level of play at all levels.

The Rugby Business Network Sees Rapid Growth in the U.S.

By Colm Hannon | July 26, 2016

The Rugby Business Network (RBN) has come a long way in the six years since I started it here in the U.K., and I continue to be amazed by its growth. Recently, we have enjoyed a rapid expansion across the pond, thanks in no small part to the work of our key U.S. partner, Penn Mutual.

The Life of Significance Award, and the Impact We Have on Others

By David Caputo | June 28, 2016

I was very surprised when I was told I was to receive this year’s Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award. When Eileen McDonnell, the Chairman and CEO of Penn Mutual, called me, I was just shocked.

The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship Breaks Records

By Jeffrey Fleischman | June 14, 2016

I hope you were as excited as I was by the play at this year’s Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship! It was the biggest tournament yet with 88 teams participating.

Rugby Sevens Takes on Las Vegas

By Jeff Leinen | March 15, 2016

Penn Mutual was thrilled to return to Las Vegas during the USA Sevens International Rugby tournament, as well as the Las Vegas Invitational (LVI) tournament earlier in March.

What the Life of Significance Award Really Means

By Leanne Acton | February 17, 2016

We will soon begin the nomination process for this year’s Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award. Introduced last year, the award is given annually to a collegiate rugby player participating in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship who best exemplifies Penn Mutual’s values of integrity, commitment and respect, and has made substantial contributions to society and their community.

Building Relationships through the Rugby Business Network

By Joe Jordan | November 24, 2015

Penn Mutual hosted its second round of get-togethers with the Rugby Business Network, in New York and Philadelphia. If you are interested in rugby and in meeting others who are devoted to promoting rugby as a sport, I invite you to join Penn Mutual at one of its many future networking meetings around the country.