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Varsity Cup National Championship East & West Super-Regionals Preview

Varsity Cup National Championship East & West Super-Regionals Preview

Provo, UT—The much-anticipated opening rounds of the Varsity Cup are set to kick off this weekend as all eight teams will play for the right to claim the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship.

With 31 of the last 33 National Collegiate Championships having been won by one of the Varsity Cup teams, it’s clear that the stakes are high for all eight universities.

“It doesn’t get any better than single-elimination national championship rugby,” said Cal head coach Jack Clark.

In Annapolis the Naval Academy will host half of the opening weekend Varsity Cup action at the Eastern Super-Regional with two matches being played at the Navy-Marines Corp Memorial Stadium April 20th.

The opening match sees perennial national champions the University of California taking on the University of Notre Dame at 1.30pm ET.

The Bears and Irish will renew a history that extends deep into their pasts. When Notre Dame came to California Memorial Stadium on April 8, 1967, for a match covered extensively by Sports Illustrated as the national championship, the Bears bested the Fighting Irish, 37-3.

“The University of Notre Dame is thrilled to be playing Cal this weekend to rekindle this great rivalry at the Varsity Cup,” said Irish head coach Sean O’Leary. “It’s a great opportunity to be tested against the best.”

The other Eastern Super-Regional quarterfinal sees the hosts Navy squaring off with Dartmouth at 3.30pm ET.

Both the Big Green and the Midshipmen are coming off undefeated conference championship seasons—the Ivy League and the Atlantic Coast Rugby Conference, respectively.

And Navy’s head coach Mike Flanagan knows the magnitude of his team’s clash with Dartmouth and their hosting the Eastern Super-Regional in Annapolis.

“To bring to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this level of rugby competition is terrific,” Flanagan said, “Cal, Notre Dame and Dartmouth are all outstanding collegiate programs. These matches promise to showcase American Collegiate rugby in a way that few events in the past have.”

All games at the Varsity Cup Eastern Super-Regional can be viewed online with a subscription at NavySports.com.

Tickets for the Eastern Super-Regional are $10 for adults, $5 for youth 18 and under and can be bought at the gate.

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All eight teams will be competing for the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship

The Varsity Cup National Championship action continues on the same day on the West Coast with UCLA hosting the Western Super-Regional.

The opening match sees three-time National Collegiate Champion the Air Force Academy will square off with Central Washington University at 2pm PT.

The Zoomies from the AFA own an 8-1 record and recently bested a strong Texas A&M team in College Station 38-21.

The Wildcats meanwhile come into their match with Air Force owning a 9-1 record and some of America’s top collegiate talent in the form of No. 8 Aladdin Schirmer and center Tanner Barnes who played on the USA U20’s 2012 Junior World Trophy Championship team.

Air Force head coach Joe Maulbauer is looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Varsity Cup and facing off with the Wildcats.

“The Air Force Academy is very excited about playing in the Varsity Cup,” Muehlbauer said, “We are committed to playing at the highest level possible and that’s what the Varsity Cup offers us. Central Washington is a very good team and we know we will have our work cut out for us. We are up for the challenge and look forward to it.”

Closing out the action at the Western Super-Regional will be the UCLA Bruins taking on two-time National Collegiate Champion Brigham Young University at 4pm PT.

The Bruins posted a 9-2 record this season with only two losses to PAC champion California and a previous regular season loss to BYU earlier this year in January.  UCLA captured a number of collegiate rugby scalps by beating the likes of Utah, Arizona and Arizona State on their way to a runner-up finish to Cal in the PAC.

The Cougars meanwhile remain undefeated in collegiate rugby play this season and know a rematch with the Bruins won’t be easy, says BYU head coach David Smyth.

“We’re very much looking forward to heading back to Los Angeles,” Smyth said, “The Bruins are a very different team from when we played them earlier this year. Our goal is no different from any of the other seven teams in the Varsity Cup, but having a chance at winning a National Championship only comes if we get past UCLA and that’s not going to be an easy task this time around.”

Both Western Super-Regional matches are set to be broadcast on the Varsity Cup YouTube Channel.

Tickets for the Western Super-Regional can be purchased online via TicketMaster and at the gate for $15 for general admission and $30 VIP admission.

The winners of each Super-Regional match are set to face each other in the Varsity Cup semifinals on April 27th. The higher seeded team will earn the right to host their respective semifinal on their university’s campus.

Both semifinal venues and broadcast details will be released following the results of all Super-Regional matches.

The Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Champion will be crowned on May 4th at BYU’s South Field Stadium. Kick off for the championship game is set for 1pm PT.

Advance tickets for the Varsity Cup National Championship game can be bought at BYUTickets.com.

For scoring and match results for this weekend’s Western and Eastern Super-Regional games follow the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on the Varsity Cup including ticket and broadcast details go to VarsityCup.US.

Varsity Cup Adds Texas to the Fold

Varsity Cup Adds Texas to the Fold

Provo, UT— The Varsity Cup announced today the University of Texas will join The Varsity Cup beginning with the spring 2014 postseason championship.

Texas recently announced its departure from the Allied Rugby Conference after the Longhorns reached the ARC Championship match before falling to Texas A&M and finishing with a 4-1 ARC record.

Joining the Varsity Cup is an exciting step forward for Texas says Longhorns coach Chris Hopps.

“Texas is thrilled to join the Varsity Cup,” Hopps said, ‘This is an exciting and important time in college Rugby.  The direction and focus of the Varsity Cup aligns with the path set forth by the leadership here at Texas.  We have an immense amount of work to do as a team and as a program and we look forward to meeting the challenge.”

The Longhorns are set to join the Varsity Cup having agreed to a participation commitment for the 2014 and 2015 post seasons. The decision to support Texas’ entry into the Varsity Cup came with the unanimous backing of the Varsity Cup universities.

BYU rugby coach David Smyth commented, “Adding a notable university such as Texas signals the Varsity Cup’s intention to become the premier rugby competition in America. We look forward to seeing the Longhorns in the Varsity Cup in the coming seasons.” Smyth continued, “At the beginning of this endeavor we set out with a long term strategy to not only grow the game, but also to give American collegiate rugby the vehicle it deserved to ensure that the game, the teams and the players have the platform needed to be the best that they can be. In all likelihood we will continue to expand.”

The Varsity Cup kicks off this weekend with two Super-Regional rounds of quarterfinal matches.

One Super-Regional takes place at UCLA with the three-time past National Collegiate Champion Air Force Academy taking on Central Washington at 2pm PT on Saturday, April 20th. Meanwhile the hosts will take on 2012 National Collegiate Rugby Champion BYU in the Varsity Cup Western Super-Regional concluding match at 4pm PT.

Both Western Super-Regional matches are slated to be played at UCLA’s picturesque North Athletic Field Stadium.

The Eastern Super-Regional starts with 2011 National Collegiate Rugby Champion California takes on Notre Dame and Navy meeting two-time College Rugby 7’s Champions Dartmouth.

Both Eastern Super-Regional matches are also scheduled for April 20th and are set to be played at 1.30pm ET and 3.30pm ET respectively inside the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The Varsity Cup also recently released details regarding its broadcast plans which include utilizing Navy’s partnership with CBS Sports as well a a partnership with YouTube to stream all matches either live or in highlighted versions. For more details on the Varsity Cup’s broadcast pans please visit the Varsity Cup website.

For more news and ticket information on the Varsity Cup go to VarsityCup.US.  More news and information on the Varsity Cup and the participating teams can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Varsity Cup Releases Broadcast Details, Launches YouTube Channel

Varsity Cup Releases Broadcast Details, Launches YouTube Channel

Provo, UT—The Varsity Cup today announced that it has launched an official YouTube channel to provide live and catch-up content for this year’s Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship.

The Varsity Cup YouTube channel can be viewed globally at youtube.com/VarsityCupRugby on computers, mobile devices (both Android and iOS mobile operating systems) as well as internet connected TV consoles such as Google TV and AppleTV.

With unlimited viewing access through YouTube, the Varsity Cup’s channel will bring the country’s top collegiate rugby championship to rugby fans anywhere in the world.

“This was an important relationship for the Varsity Cup to foster,” said BYU head coach David Smyth, “YouTube’s leadership in video delivery is something the Varsity Cup felt was a perfect fit to give our fans access to this exciting championship series.”

Google’s William Mao, who oversees YouTube’s Sports Content Partnerships, echoed Smyth’s sentiments.

“We are excited that Varsity Cup is starting an official channel on YouTube,” Mao said, “Rugby is a growing sport in America, particularly in the collegiate ranks, and the Varsity Cup’s goals of bringing the game to a wider audience and growing the sport syncs well with YouTube’s goals for the Sport on the Platform. We look forward to working with them.”

All April 20th Varsity Cup Super-Regional matches will be broadcast live utilizing both the Varsity Cup YouTube channel and Navy Athletic Department’s Online Video Streaming platform in partnership with CBS Sports.

For details on the Eastern Super-Regional streaming go NavySports.com All-Access video portal. There is a one-month subscription fee of $9.95 associated with this service.

Both April 27th Varsity Cup semifinal matches will be streamed live for viewing, but the specific platform will vary based on the possible locations of the semifinal venues. Details will be released next week following the results of the Eastern and Western Super-Regionals.

The Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship will be broadcast live using the Varsity Cup YouTube channel on May 4th.

The Varsity Cup YouTube Channel will also offer complete and highlighted versions of all Varsity Cup matches.

To view the Varsity Cup YouTube Channel go to www.YouTube.com/VarsityCupRugby.

For specific details on the Varsity Cup broadcast plans go to VarsityCup.US.

For more information and insider news on the Varsity Cup and the teams vying for the Varsity Cup follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

VARSITY CUP NATIONAL COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP BROADCAST DETAILS

DATE

ROUND

TEAMS

TIME

VENUE

CHANNEL

April 20 Eastern Super-Regional Qtrs. Cal vs. Notre Dame 1.30pm ET Navy-Marines Corp Memorial Stadium NavySports.com
April 20 Eastern Super-Regional Qtrs. Navy vs. Dartmouth 3.30pm ET Navy-Marines Corp Memorial Stadium NavySports.com
April 20 Western Super-Regional Qtrs. Air Force vs. CWU 2pm PT UCLA North Athletic Field Varsity Cup
April 20 Western Super-Regional Qtrs. UCLA vs. BYU 4pm PT UCLA North Athletic Field Varsity Cup
April 27 Semifinal #1 TBD vs. TBD TBD TBD TBD
April 27 Semifinal #2 TBD vs. TBD TBD TBD TBD
May 4 CHAMPIONSHIP TBD vs. TBD TBD TBD Varsity Cup

 

Varsity Cup Releases Super-Regional & Championship Ticket Details

Varsity Cup Releases Super-Regional & Championship Ticket Details

Provo, UT—The Varsity Cup today released ticketing information for both of next week’s Super-Regionals on the East and West Coasts as well as the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship game set to be hosted at Brigham Young University’s South Field Stadium on May 4th.

The Varsity Cup championship series begins with the Eastern Super-Regional at the Naval Academy’s Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 20th.

The Eastern Super-Regional sees 2011 National Collegiate Champion California taking on Notre Dame at 1.30pm ET and with Navy squaring off with two-time Collegiate Rugby 7’s Champions Dartmouth immediately after at 3.30pm ET.

Seating map for Varsity Cup Championship

Seating map for Varsity Cup Championship

Tickets for the Eastern Super-Regional can be bought for $10 for adults and $5 youth 18 and under at the gate on the day of the games.

Meanwhile on the West Coast the Western Super-Regional matches are set for UCLA’s picturesque North Athletic Field.

The Western Super-Regional matches will see Central Washington face three-time former National Collegiate Champion Air Force and 2012 National Collegiate Champion BYU takes on UCLA at 2pm PT and 4pm PT respectively.

Advanced tickets for the Western Super-Regional matches can be bought online at TicketMaster or at the gate for $15 for general admission and $30 for VIP which includes lunch, beverages, event souvenirs, tented seating and a game day program. Must be 21 years old to purchase VIP tickets. To purchase Western Super-Regional tickets online CLICK HERE.

The Varsity Cup also released details for advance ticket purchase for the championship game slated for BYU’s South Field Stadium on May 4th at 1pm MT.

Reserved tickets for the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship can be purchased in advance by visiting BYUTickets.com. Tickets can be purchased for $25 for Prime Reserved, $22 for Chair Reserved, $20 for Bleacher Reserved, $15 for General Admission and $10 for Standing Room.

Fans are advised to purchase their tickets to the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship now due to limited availability and high demand.

For more details on the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship go to VarsityCup.US and follow the Varsity Cup on Facebook and Twitter.

Varsity Cup Releases Eligibility Details

Varsity Cup Releases Eligibility Details

Provo, UT—With less than two weeks until the highly-anticipated start of the inaugural Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship the Varsity Cup universities today released the championship’s construct of eligibility rules.

The Varsity Cup universities have adopted the eligibility rules widely used in Intercollegiate Athletics and, for the most part, have adopted verbatim the NCAA eligibility language concerning military and religious service.

The Varsity Cup’s major exception is a departure from the NCAA’s five years to play four with the Varsity Cup opting for five years to play five.

BYU head coach David Smyth commented on the ease of administering the Varsity Cup’s adopted eligibility rules.

“By using what’s been tried and true the Varsity Cup eligibility rules are concise, simple, and easy to manage,” Smyth said, “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, we just want to make it fair and equitable for all the players while making it easy for us to manage in the future.”

California head coach Jack Clark echoed Smyth’s sentiments.

“The collegiate athletic community comprising university executives, conference executives, athletic directors, coaches and the NCAA has an established and well-vetted set of eligibility rules and guidelines which fairly and effectively address military service and official religious missions.” Clark said, “It is pragmatic that university rugby adopts the same eligibility rules where possible. Personally, I am somewhat bothered by rules which treat military personnel unfairly.”

With the adoption of these eligibility rules the Varsity Cup teams can now clearly turn their focus towards their championship preparations.

The opening rounds of the Varsity Cup are April 20th with two Super-Regional sites on the East and West coasts as all eight teams set to vie for the inaugural Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship.

The Eastern Super-Regional sees 2011 National Collegiate Champion California taking on Notre Dame with Navy squaring off with two-time Collegiate Rugby 7’s Champions Dartmouth on April 20th.

Both matches are set for 1.30pm ET and 3.30pm ET respectively at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

On the West Coast Central Washington will face three-time former National Collegiate Champion Air Force and 2012 National Collegiate Champion BYU takes on UCLA in the Western Super Regional.

The two Western Super-Regional matches are set for 2pm PT and 4pm PT respectively on UCLA’s picturesque North Athletic Field.

For more details on the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship go to VarsityCup.US and follow the Varsity Cup on Facebook and Twitter.

Central Washington Accepts Varsity Cup Invitation

Central Washington Accepts Varsity Cup Invitation

Provo, UT—The Varsity Cup announced today that Central Washington University (CWU) has been selected to participate in the 2013 Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship.

CWU comes into the Varsity Cup after the forced departure of the University of Utah following a recent administrative suspension of the Utah rugby program.

The Wildcats immediately join the Varsity Cup this postseason with an on-going participation commitment through the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

As an NCAA member institution Central Washington University is led by current head coach Tony Pacheco, who concurrently serves as the USA Rugby Collegiate All American 7’s head coach.

CWU boasts an 8-0 regular season record in 2012-13 and a #5 national ranking in the USA Rugby D1-A poll.

The Wildcats also field one of the country’s top 7’s squads with CWU being 2012 Collegiate 7’s Runners-Up and a spate of recent 7’s rugby tournaments victories over the last year, including an appearance in February’s acclaimed USA Sevens Las Vegas Invitational where CWU advanced to the Cup Championship only to fall to a strong University of Victoria 7’s team.

CWU’s Director of Rugby Bob Ford says the invitation to join the Varsity Cup Championship was an opportunity his program couldn’t afford to pass up.

“The competition structure is something that will provide consistency to our program,” Ford said,”And will provide our players with access to a high level of rugby on a regular basis. This is an opportunity we did not see on our immediate horizon and one that required careful consideration in a compressed timeline. We look forward to the competition the Varsity Cup provides and are excited about promoting the growth of rugby.”

The decision to invite the CWU Wildcats into the inaugural Varsity Cup came after timely but careful consideration with the participating Varsity Cup universities’ administrators and coaching staffs.

“We had significant interest from a number of programs,” said BYU’s David Smyth, “In the end, all of the Varsity Cup universities were unanimous that inviting Central Washington was the best course. We’re pleased to have a team of the caliber of the Wildcats join the Varsity Cup Championship.”

CWU will slot into the vacated #4 seed and meet the Air Force Academy in the Western Super-Regional hosted on the campus of UCLA.

Kick-off for the AFA vs. CWU match is set for 2pm PT on Saturday, April 20th. Meanwhile the hosts will take on 2012 National Collegiate Rugby Champion BYU in the Varsity Cup Western Super-Regional concluding match at 4pm.

The inclusion of CWU doesn’t affect the Eastern Super-Regional as 2011 National Collegiate Rugby Champion California takes on Notre Dame and Navy meets Dartmouth.

Both Eastern Super-Regional matches are also scheduled for April 20th and are set to be played at 1.30pm ET and 3.30pm ET respectively inside the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

For more news and information on the Varsity Cup and the participating teams, please go to VarsityCup.US or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT THE VARSITY CUP: The Varsity Cup is America’s top collegiate postseason championship. The mission of the Varsity Cup is to grow American rugby by harnessing the collective strength of collegiate rugby and collegiate sport in general. The Varsity Cup features eight of the most recognized and accomplished collegiate rugby programs in the country vying for the right to be named the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Champion.

The eight Varsity Cup teams are the U.S. Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, the University of California, Dartmouth College, the U.S. Naval Academy, Notre Dame, the University of California, Los Angeles and Central Washington University. In the 33 years of the collegiate rugby championship play 31 of the collegiate national champions have come from one of the eight Varsity Cup teams. In total, a Varsity Cup program has played for the collegiate title in every year of the championship’s existence except for 1984.

The eight Varsity Cup programs also boast hundreds of Collegiate All Americans and scores of USA National Team members making the Varsity Cup a veritable proving ground of American rugby. With the country’s best high-performance training facilities, state of the art match venues and strong coaching experience, the eight Varsity Cup programs set the standard for elite player development in America.

Participants Extend Commitment to Varsity Cup for Two Additional Years

Cal celebrating their 2011 National Championship

Cal celebrating their 2011 National Championship

AMERICAN FORK, UT–The coaches of the Varsity Cup teams announced today that all eight of the existing participants of the Varsity Cup have agreed to extend their post-season participation for an additional two seasons through the 2013-14 and 2014-2015 academic calendar.

“We have experienced a real breath of fresh air in our interactions with the other schools in the Varsity Cup,” said Mike Flanagan, head coach of the US Naval Academy rugby program. “It’s been wonderful working with like-minded individuals to build a post season framework that advances collegiate rugby while sensitively taking into account the needs of participant teams from every standpoint. We just couldn’t be more pleased with our involvement and are happy to sign up for two more years after this season.”

The mission of the Varsity Cup is to provide the participating teams with a superior platform for showcasing the highest level of rugby in America and to produce a commercially attractive national championship that serves the interests of players and fans alike. The Varsity Cup is a fifteen-per-side single elimination postseason tournament played in the late spring.

The extension also confirms that the competition will retain its existing competition window beginning in mid-April and extending through the first weekend of May.

The Varsity Cup teams are also currently in conversations regarding expanding the number of teams in the competition for the upcoming 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

Team representatives have also expressed the view that it is very important to keep the competition window within four weeks and to not unnecessarily affect student-athlete academics, especially with respect to the timing of final exams. It may not be possible to construct a window during which no team has final exams, but the participants have committed to attempt to minimize any conflict for as many teams as possible.

The 2013 Varsity Cup championship postseason begins April 20th as all eight teams, previously seeded by the Varsity Cup coaches, meet in the West and East Super-Regional Quarterfinals.

In the West Super-Regional UCLA hosts Utah, Air Force and 2012 National Collegiate Champion BYU on the picturesque North Athletic Field on UCLA’s campus. Action starts at 2pm PT with Utah taking on the Cadets of the AFA, followed by the Bruins looking to upset BYU on their home turf at 4pm PT.

In the East Super-Regional Navy will set to host Dartmouth, Notre Dame and California inside the newly renovated and state of the art Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.  Matches start with California looking to take Notre Dame Fighting Irish to task at 1.30pm ET while host Navy will take on Dartmouth at 3.30pm ET.

The winners of each quarterfinal match will then travel to the higher seeded team’s home field for the Varsity Cup semifinals on April 27th.

The inaugural Varsity Cup Collegiate Rugby Championship concludes with the the semifinals winners meeting inside BYU’s beautiful South Field Stadium in Provo, UT on May 4th at 1pm MT.

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ABOUT THE VARSITY CUP: The Varsity Cup is America’s top collegiate postseason championship. The mission of the Varsity Cup is to grow the American rugby by harnessing the collective strength of collegiate rugby and collegiate sport in general. The Varsity Cup features eight of the most recognized and accomplished collegiate rugby programs in the country vying for the right to be named the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Champion.
The eight Varsity Cup teams are the U.S. Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, the University of California, Dartmouth College, the U.S. Naval Academy, Notre Dame, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Utah. In the 33 years of the collegiate rugby championship play 31 of the collegiate national champions have come from one of the eight Varsity Cup teams. In total, a Varsity Cup program has played for the collegiate title in every year of the championship’s existence except for 1984.

The eight Varsity Cup programs also boast hundreds of Collegiate All Americans and scores of USA National Team members making the Varsity Cup a veritable proving ground of American rugby. With the country’s best high-performance training facilities, state of the art match venues and strong coaching experience, the eight Varsity Cup programs set the standard for elite player development in America.

Varsity Cup Venues & Schedule Released

Varsity Cup Venues & Schedule Released

Provo, UT–The Varsity Cup Collegiate Rugby Championship released the details of its 2013 playoff to be contested at the end of the 15s regular rugby season.

The championship kicks off simultaneously on both coasts with two super-regional tournaments to be held on Saturday, April 20th.

The East super-regional will be hosted by the United States Naval Academy at the spacious Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium pitting the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish against the University of California Golden Bears in the day’s first matchup. The second match will feature the Dartmouth College Big Green against the Middies of the United States Naval Academy.

The West super-regional will first present the Zoomies of the United State Air Force Academy and the Utes of the University of Utah in the day’s opening matchup followed by the Bruins of the University of California at Los Angeles versus the Cougars of Brigham Young University in the day’s final match. Both matches will be played on the North Athletic Field at UCLA.

The four winning teams from the super-regionals will meet on the following Saturday, April 27th at the campus stadium of the higher-seeded team.

The seeding for the tournament has been set and is as follows: 1) BYU, 2) Cal, 3) Dartmouth, 4) Utah, 5) Air Force, 6) Navy, 7) Notre Dame and 8) UCLA. Each participant is anxious to host one of the semi-final matches, and has access to a spacious venue with good accommodations for their own fans and those of their potential opponents.

The Varsity Cup is pleased to announce that the Cup final will be held this year on May 4th in the beautiful confines of South Field on the campus of Brigham Young University. With permanent chair seating for over 2,500 fans and the ability to host upwards of 5,000 fans via temporary seating, and access to many thousands of perennially rabid rugby fans in the intermountain area, the final promises to be a thrilling event for the contestants and for the national rugby community.

Broadcast details will follow in a later release. For ongoing news and updates on the Varsity Cup Championship follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Varsity Cup Adds Final Team

Varsity Cup Adds Final Team

Provo, UT–It was announced today that the 2013 Varsity Cup, a premier competition for college rugby 15’s in the United States, has added the University of California at Los Angeles as its 8th partner rugby program.
“UCLA is one of the historically great American college programs, having won three national championships prior to the modern era begun in 1980, and is now on the way to returning to its former status led by Scott Stewart former Canadian International, as its head coach,” commented David Smyth.
“We are extremely pleased to have added UCLA as our 8th partner and look forward to their participation at the highest level of competition this coming Spring.” UCLA coach, Stewart added, “We are delighted to be invited into the Varsity Cup and look forward to exploring how we at UCLA can do our part to assist in the growth of this elite competition in the future.”
With final team now confirmed Varsity Cup coaches can begin the task of finalizing their competition’s 2013 plans.
More details on the Varsity Cup’s playoff format are being finalized and will be released shortly.
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Varsity Cup Announced

Varsity Cup Announced

Provo, UT–A consortium of universities today announced the formation of a new top-tier post-season 15s rugby competition. The new competition will be called the Varsity Cup Championship (VC).

The founding universities include: Brigham Young University (Provo, UT), the University of California (Berkeley, CA), the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT), the United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO), Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) and the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN). Other founding participants may be named in a subsequent release.

The founding rugby programs have long histories as top-10 programs, with AFA, BYU and Cal being multiple-time national champions.

The mission of the VC is to provide the participating teams with a superior platform for showcasing the highest level of rugby in America and to produce a commercially attractive national invitational championship that serves the interests of players and fans alike.

The Varsity Cup Championship will be played out over three consecutive weekends beginning in the latter part of April 2013.

With its commitment to the Varsity Cup each team will remain a member in good standing with USA Rugby.

“Participation in regular season play is something that is important for Varsity Cup teams,” said BYU Head Rugby Coach David Smyth. “The purpose of theVarsity Cup is to present an additional competition,” he added. “We want to work with USA Rugby and the other collegiate teams to develop the quality of the collegiate game and that means remaining positive members within the collegiate rugby community and by participating in the respective regular season competitions where permissible.”

Statistically, the Varsity Cup boasts the top collegiate rugby programs that own 31 of the last 33 National Championships with California boasting 26, Air Force with three of their own and BYU rounding out the group with two championships. In total, a Varsity Cup team has played for a national title every year except in 1984 when Harvard faced Colorado.

“We view this as the next logical step in the evolution of college rugby in the United States,” said Smyth. “In the end, universities will always want to manage and control their own sports playoff structures, with laser focus on what’s best for the college game. Rugby is no different. I fully expect that this championship will grow and evolve into what it must become to deliver a strong and marketable flagship collegiate competition.”

For continued updates on the Varsity Cup Championship follow the competition on FacebookTwitter and its website:www.varsitycup.us.