Posted by University of Pennsylvania Rugby on Feb 24 2017 at 07:16AM PST

The University of Pennsylvania men’s rugby program is pleased to announce that we have finalized a new corporate sponsorship agreement with the sports nutrition company, Ruck Science. As an organization, we are very committed to ensuring the health and safety of our players. So for the past few years, the club’s admin team have been looking to find a nutrition partner whose products we feel comfortable recommending to our members. By finalizing this open-ended sponsorship deal with, Ruck Science, we hope to raise some consistent, passive revenue for the club and at the same time ensure that our players and supporters are using only the best possible nutritional supplements.

Before we talk too much about our new sponsors, we’d like to take a few minutes to thank all the corporate partners we’ve worked with during the past couple of seasons, in particular HSBC and Canterbury.

Why is this a good deal for the club?

Fundraising for amateur rugby is actually much harder than people realize. It often involves trying to track down sponsors for cheques that they’ve promised and are reluctant to deliver on. Getting cheques is nice, but the work you have to do to get them can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. By contrast, the RS sponsorship program is super-simple and very low maintenance for our management team. It works like this, any time a player or supporter, parent or student associated with the U Penn rugby program makes a purchase on, the company will make a cash donation of up to 20% of the value of your order. All you need to do is use the coupon code UPENNRUGBY during the checkout process. You’ll get 50% off your first order, and a portion of all future orders will go directly to the club.

This kind of deal is good for the club because it doesn’t require us to pay for printing costs to put their logo on our jerseys or anything like that. We also don’t need to worry that a cheque will bounce. And best of all, if you’re buying these kinds of products anyway (many of us are), a simple switching of brands means the club can benefit substantially.

Products designed for rugby players

We’ve done quite a bit of research into different supplement suppliers, and are confident that Ruck Science provides the best possible products for our members. Unlike most companies that sell nutritional products, these guys only sell supplements for rugby players. That means the focus of their products is on performance on the field and recovery after games rather than on building superficial bulk in the gym. They also provide a 100% guarantee that their supplements contain no banned substances. So for anyone competing in other sports at an NCAA level, this is a nice assurance to have. In particular, their products do not contain any ingredients that are anabolic in nature.

How will we use the proceeds?

For many things the club needs help with on an on-going basis. We’re always looking to fundraise for bus trips, social events and equipment. If you can help us in those fundraising efforts by using Ruck Science’s pre-workout or whey protein rather than your current brand, it would be greatly appreciated by your teammates.

Other stuff they do

If you’re keen to read some blogs about rugby by a wide range of authors, checkout the company’s rugby training blog which includes a bunch of stuff about different niche issues and ideas related to rugby. Here’s a sampling:

College Rugby as an alternative to Greek life
What to expect at your first rugby practice
Three exercises to master breakdown poaching
Why curls are the best exercise for rugby
How to avoid muscle cramping in rugby games

Work for the company

Want a job in rugby? Ruck Science are actively recruiting top talent for internships and full-time paid positions. They don’t publish current opportunities, but everyone is welcome to email their management team to find out about what they have on offer. We understand that they’re looking for team members to move to Austin, TX and potentially handle international franchising opportunities, crowdfunding programs and new product development.

How to use to help support Penn Rugby

1. Sign up for Rucks (their rewards program) and you’ll get $20 to spend before your first purchase.
2. Check out their sample stack which contains their 4 supplement blends in a handy carrying case.
3. Be sure to use coupon code UPENNRUGBY when you checkout for 50% off your first purchase.
4. Use that code once and a % of all future orders will be given directly to the club.

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