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The famed Heart of America is back again! Once one of the great tournaments in the nation, the Heart of America Classic has been restored.

The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is the crown jewel of American Rugby. Since 2010, the top collegiate programs in the country have been showcased live on NBC and NBC Sports Network each spring. 2017 was the inaugural year for the open Midwest qualifier for the CRC, at the Heart of America Tournament in the Paris of the Plains, Kansas City.

Some of the top College teams in the nation will battle at the CRC qualifier division of the HOA March 29-31 in Kansas City. The champion earns an automatic bid into the big dance in June 2019 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The only other open qualifier for the CRC has been the Las Vegas Invitational, the largest annual tournament in the Western Hemisphere. Now, the inclusion of a CRC qualifier at the Heart of America provides ambitious clubs throughout the Midwest and the rest of the country the unique opportunity to win their way onto national television.

We will have knockout divisions for men's college 15's and for the younger folk, we have the High School Challenge Division, where we'll pit HS teams from all over the Midwest against one another on Saturday and Sunday. We promise a competitive match against teams you don't regularly play.

The Heart of America brings teams looking for either old-fashioned rugby fun, a competitive hit-out against new foe, or both. We look to bring you to the tournament experience you're yearning for, with quality facilities and administration you'll be proud to have your friends and family take part in.

Heart of America Classic

Date: March 29-31, 2019

Location: Kansas City
Shawnee Mission Athletic Complex

9300 Nieman Rd
Overland Park, KS 66214
(All fields have recently been upgraded to field turf)

Divisions:  College Rugby Championships 7's Qualifier (32 teams max)
College 15's (16 teams max)
High School- Boys (32 teams max)

Registration Fee: 
CRC 7's Qualifier- $450 (One Entry Per School max)
College 15's- $350
High School- $350
High School or College 15's Second Side- $300

Look who competed in 2018.  Will you be here in 2019?



Congratulations to our 2018 Heart of America Classic Champions!

Penn Mutual CRC Qualifier Champions
Iowa Central Community College

Past HOA Tournament Photos


Questions? Email [email protected] 

CRC Committed Teams

See who played in 2017, will you be here in 2018? 















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