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2016 Opening Round Match Schedule | April 9th

2016 Opening Round Match Schedule | April 9th

VARSITY CUP OPENING ROUND MATCH SCHEDULE | APRIL 9TH:

Army vs. Oklahoma

Location: Anderson Rugby Complex, River Rd., West Point, NY 10996
Time: 3:00 PM EDT
Webcast: Army “Knight Vision” (http://goarmywestpoint.com/watch)

Arizona State vs. BYU

Location: ASU Poly Campus, 7001 E. Williams Field Rd., Mesa, AZ 85212
Time: 7:00 PM MST

Arkansas State vs. Clemson

Location: ASU Rugby Pitch, 501 Red Wolf Trail Rd., Jonesboro, AR 72401
Time: 1:30 PM CDT

Cal vs. Texas

Location: Witter Rugby Field, 210 Stadium Rim Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Time: 12:00 PM PDT

CWU vs. UCLA

Location: CWU Wildcat Rugby Field, Ellensburg, WA 98926
Time: 1:00 PM PDT
Webcast: Wildcat “Event Zone” (www.wildcatsports.com)

Dartmouth vs. Penn State

Location: Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse, 9 Reservoir Rd., Hanover, NH 03755
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Webcast: Live on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EIwkyCQ3AI)

Navy vs. Notre Dame

Location: Naval Academy Brigade Sports Complex, 64 Greenbury Point Rd., Annapolis, MD 21402
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Webcast: TBD

Utah vs. Air Force

Location: McCarthy Field, 76 S. Wasatch Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Time: 12:00 PM MDT
Webcast: KUTE Radio (http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/h06yz)

BYU defeats Cal to Win Varsity Cup Collegiate Rugby National Championship

BYU defeats Cal to Win Varsity Cup Collegiate Rugby National Championship

BYU defeated Cal 43 – 33 in front of a home crowd of 10,172 at Rio Tinto Stadium to win the 2014 Varsity Cup National Rugby Collegiate Rugby Championship.

BYU got off to an early start with Paul Lasike scoring a try to put BYU up 7-0. Cal responded quickly with Andrew Battaglia scoring at the eight minute mark. BYU responded with Wing Jordan Lowry scoring to put BYU up 12 – 7 after a missed conversion by Linehan.

Cal tried to respond but came up short after few uncharacteristic errors that gave BYU the chance to open up their lead after Joe Pikula scored in the corner at the thirty minute mark. 

Cal fought back hard and quickly responded with a try of their own from Miles Honens to make it 22-12 at the half. 

Cal came out at the half with a try from Battaglia making it 22-19. BYU responded quickly with two tries making it 36-19.

After a few additional tries, the final match concluded with a score of 43 – 33, with BYU winning the Varsity Cup Collegiate Rugby National Championship.

 

 

 

Semi-Finals Game Summary

Semi-Finals Game Summary

Varsity Cup Semifinals

2014 Navy-6

BYU 60 – 0 Navy Final

Location: South Field, 46 degrees, rainy
WeTransfer link to entire game video available: http://we.tl/2GT3Wji68Z 
Video game moments of note:
29th minute: Two-sport athlete and rugby All-American center Paul Lasike barging run for a try (20-0)
38th minute: Hooker Zane Mendenhall deft dummy pass and run for a try (27-0)
41st minute: Fullback Josh Whippey opens the second half scoring by slicing his way 60 meters through the Navy defense for a try (34-0)

Cal 58-14 Central Washington Final

Witter Field

Next Event: Varsity Cup National Rugby College Championship

BYU vs. Cal

2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014
Rio Tinto Stadium
Varsity Cup Creates Promotional & Broadcast Partnership with NBC & UWS

Varsity Cup Creates Promotional & Broadcast Partnership with NBC & UWS

New York, NY–On Thursday, June 20th, leaders in the sport of rugby hosted a rugby round-table at the world-renowned New York Athletic Club announcing the creation and telecast of the Varsity Cup Championship, college rugby’s post-season series and championship featuring the traditional 15 man game.

The Varsity Cup was formed in 2013 by a group of leading college and university rugby programs dedicated to growing rugby at the collegiate level, enriching the experience for its student-athletes and increasing the visibility of college rugby to a national audience.

In an effort to expand the series and increase its exposure, the group tapped United World Sports (UWS), owners and operators of premier events including the USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament in Las Vegas, which is part of the IRB World Seven Series, the Collegiate 7s Rugby Championship in Philadelphia and the Pro Soccer Challenge; and NBC Sports Network, part of the Olympic broadcasting network and global leader in producing and broadcasting world-class television programming.

UWS CEO John Prusmack said this groundbreaking partnership will help deliver rugby to the main stream sports fan.

“The goal is to take collegiate rugby out of the back water,” Prusmack said, “And put it on dry land and sunshine. And I think that this will result in what we’re calling the competition of champions.”

NBC Sports Director of Business Development Gary Quinn echoed Prusmack’s sentiments saying the Varsity Cup was clearly the elite competition that will aid NBC’s continued rugby expansion within the American television complex.

“We made a commitment to this sport four years ago,” Quinn said, “We’re so excited about the growth potential of the sport…[the Varsity Cup] is the best of the best on the collegiate side of the game and we’re even more bullish on the game after the last four years. Its time for this sport to be exposed more on the national level.”

The Varsity Cup is a championship rugby series featuring leading colleges and universities including but not limited to: Air Force, BYU, California, Central Washington, Dartmouth, Navy, Notre Dame and UCLA. The series will be hosted throughout the United States culminating in a championship match that will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on May 3, 2014.

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.

BYU won the 2013 Varsity Cup National Championship in dramatic fashion with a last-second drop goal to beat California 27-24 in front of a packed South Field Stadium on May 4th.

For more information on United World Sports, please visit: www.unitedworldsports.com.

Varsity Cup Continues Growth, Adds Clemson to the Ranks

Varsity Cup Continues Growth, Adds Clemson to the Ranks

Provo, UT— The Varsity Cup announced today that Clemson University will join the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship beginning in the 2014 spring season.

Clemson completed the 2013 season finishing second in the Atlantic Coast Rugby League with a 10-2 record, behind 2013 Varsity Cup semifinalist the Naval Academy. The Tigers went deep into their respective post season reaching the national quarterfinals.

Clemson head coach Justin Hickey felt the Tigers’ inclusion in the Varsity Cup was sign of his program’s progress.

“Clemson is incredibly excited to join the Varsity Cup,” Hickey said, “The Varsity Cup has quickly become a premier competition, and it is an honor to receive the invitation and to be associated with programs of such rich history and tradition. With the vision of the Varsity Cup, its teams, and the direction of our program, the timing is right and we look forward to an excellent future for the competition.”

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

BYU rugby coach David Smyth commented, “Clemson is one of the top emerging rugby programs in the country and was a natural fit for the Varsity Cup’s expansion.”

“The Varsity Cup has identified Clemson as a top, consistently high performing rugby team from an NCAA university in the southeastern US,” Smyth continued, “The decision to extend an invitation to Clemson was arrived at through our due diligence in examining their team, and our belief that their program structure and coaching, along with their university support to be top notch. The Clemson Tigers will be a great addition to the Varsity Cup for the coming seasons.”

The addition of the Clemson Tigers brings the total number of Varsity Cup teams for the 2014 competition to 10 including 2013’s eight original teams and the recent addition of the University of Texas.

More news and information on the Varsity Cup and the participating teams can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

UCLA Reflects on 2013 Varsity Cup & Looks to Future

UCLA Reflects on 2013 Varsity Cup & Looks to Future

Los Angeles, CA–As the 2013 rugby calendar draws near to a close the UCLA Bruins and head coach Scott Stewart looked back on their involvement in the Varsity Cup as crucial to their goal of returning the Bruins to the upper-echelon of collegiate rugby in America.

It wasn’t long ago when UCLA was the marquee collegiate rugby program in the USA. The legendary UCLA head coach Dennis Storer who compiled a 362-46-2 record from 1966-1982 before becoming the USA Eagles first head coach helped build the Bruins’ rugby program into the envy of American rugby.

UCLA rugby head coach Scott Stewart, himself an a former professional and international level rugby player, says honoring the tradition of UCLA rugby and what Storer was able to accomplish, is motivation for him and his players.

“I think past success leads to future success,” Stewart said, “And those teams and Dennis’s programs are very important to the foundation of what we are doing today. Not just through alumni support but a legacy that motivates us to do our very best.”

Despite their first round loss to eventual Varsity Cup champion Brigham Young University the UCLA Bruins are pleased to see the success with which the Varsity Cup has captured the minds of American collegiate rugby and most importantly on the UCLA campus.

The Varsity Cup National Championship featured marquee collegiate rugby programs including UCLA, Cal, Central Washington, Air Force, Notre Dame, Navy, Dartmouth and BYU.

For the Bruins, the choice to compete in the Varsity Cup was an easy one.

“We truly enjoyed the opportunity to participate and host such elite programs of the caliber of Air Force, BYU and Central Washington on our campus in the Varsity Cup Super-Regional quarterfinals,” said Stewart, “Our administration feels the same way and looks forward to another opportunity to do the same in order to grow the Varsity Cup National Championship in the future.”

UCLA Captain Grant Penney echoed, “We believe in the Varsity Cup as the premier postseason championship this country has to offer and are committed to doing our part, through this competition, to grow collegiate rugby on our campus and others.”

On April 20th UCLA enjoyed a record crowd made up of fans of all four teams packing the Bruins’ North Athletic Field stands as they hosted the Varsity Cup Western Super-Regional which saw BYU, Air Force, Central Washington along with UCLA squaring off on the beautiful campus in Westwood, CA.

UCLA is now looking forward to next year’s Varsity Cup, fully believing that it is the best place to prove their ability as a team on a long term basis.

“The Varsity Cup will continue to grow and help the programs involved grow,” said team president Matt Frederickson. “UCLA has been extremely proud to play a part in cementing the Varsity Cup as the premier post-season competition in American Rugby.”

With the Bruins now fully entrenched in preparing for the Collegiate Rugby Championships to take place June 1-2 in Philadelphia Stewart says marquee events like the CRC 7’s, the Varsity Cup and the newly formed PAC Rugby Conference will be the key to the continued development and growth of his program and collegiate rugby at large.

“Playing in the CRC, the PAC Rugby Conference and the Varsity Cup are all steps in the process of returning UCLA Rugby back to the level that Dennis Storer once enjoyed,” Stewart said, “These types of competitions provide us with outstanding opportunities to enhance our relationships with our administrators, fan base, potential recruits and in the general community by way of positive collegiate sports competitions.”

The Bruins set out for Philadelphia and the CRC in two weeks knowing that the futures of UCLA rugby program and the Varsity Cup are bright.

For more information on the Collegiate Rugby Championship please visit www.USASevensCRC.com.

More information on the Varsity Cup can be found at www.VarsityCup.com or by visiting the Facebook page and following the championship on Twitter.

WATCH THE VARSITY CUP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LIVE!

WATCH THE VARSITY CUP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LIVE!

Provo, UT—After a one year respite one of collegiate sport’s greatest rivalries will be renewed on the campus of Brigham Young University where perennial national champion the University of California will look to upend the defending national champion BYU Cougars at their home venue of South Field Stadium in the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship this Saturday, May 4th at 1pm MT.

In the last eight years the Golden Bears and Cougars have met for the national championship seven times—a streak of collegiate sport dominance unrivaled by other varsity sports.

WATCH THIS CLASH OF CHAMPIONS LIVE HERE ON VARSITYCUP.US!
Kick-off: Saturday, May 4th @ 1pm MT

2013 Varsity Cup National Championship: Players’ Perspectives

2013 Varsity Cup National Championship: Players’ Perspectives

Provo, UT—After a one year respite one of collegiate sport’s greatest rivalries will be renewed on the campus of Brigham Young University where perennial national champion the University of California will look to upend the defending national champion BYU Cougars at their home venue of South Field Stadium in the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship this Saturday, May 4th at 1pm MT.

In the last eight years the Golden Bears and Cougars have met for the national championship seven times—a streak of collegiate sport dominance unrivaled by other varsity sports.

With the consensus national championship match looming large players from both teams shared their thoughts on what fans of both schools know will be an epic showdown on South Field.

CALIFORNIA

Seamus Kelly, Sr. Outside Center and Team Captain

“I remember playing BYU in their backyard in 2011 and it was a major challenge. I can only imagine playing on their home field in Provo. It’s something that we’re going to have to address. Home field advantage is just that, an advantage.”

“It’s an indescribable feeling [to play for Varsity Cup National Championship]. If you’re going to put this much time into sport, you want to compete at the highest level, and there’s no higher level than a national championship. The highest stakes, the most intensity, and the reward from the challenge is unlike anything else.”

“It’s been an extremely exciting season. Because of the PAC Rugby Conference, the ‘Cup’ with UBC and now the Varsity Cup, we as a team and as a sport have gotten some high-level exposure. The skill and commitment that it’s taken to compete at this level, guys have stepped up to the challenge.”

“It’s [Cal vs. BYU] the marquee matchup in collegiate rugby. With Cal playing BYU in the national championship, it seems like all is right in the world. When we talk about what it means to put on the Cal jersey, the guys who’ve come before us and the success they’ve had, it just feels right having to go through BYU to be a part of that legacy.”

Danny Barrett, Sr. Forward

“It will be a home-field advantage and that’s part of the challenge. When it comes to testing your potential, it’s going to be an environment that does that.”

“It’s pretty cool to have paved the road for PAC Rugby. To have a team like this, a young team, to win the PAC, to win the ‘Cup’ with UBC, to go to the national championship, it’s a real tribute to where we’ve been and where we want to take Cal rugby in the future.”

“It’s something you’re always going to remember and something you’ll always share with your teammates. In 20, 30, 40, 50 years, you’re going to go back and remember the game like it was yesterday, the tackles, the scores and the guys who were out there with you. It’s a precious memory that you’ll never forget. For us, as coach says, it’s constant performance improvement, and it’s the same for BYU. Neither team thinks they’re going win just by putting on the jersey. It’s something you work for. They’re working just as hard as we are. It’s going to be a great one.”

“It’s going to be all out for every second. Growing up with two older brothers who also played for Cal successfully against BYU in national championships, it’s something I relish being a part of.”

Jake Anderson, Jr. Fullback

“It’ll definitely be an intense environment. We expect a lot of noise and it will be a great challenge.”

“It’s a great honor to be part of a squad that gets to play in the Varsity Cup National Championship. So many players that have done it before, that’s the reason that it’s such a big deal, to honor that jersey and represent our University. Seeing how hard guys worked to get it done, we want to look back and evaluate ourselves the same way.”

“There have been a lot of different goals this season: the PAC Rugby Conference, the return to Witter Rugby Field, the ‘World Cup’ series and now the Varsity Cup. BYU is a big measuring telltale and we accept the challenge.”

“I’ve never played against BYU but I’m one of the more experienced players on the squad, so I’ll have to bring the experience that I have. It’s going to have to be our best game to get it done.”

BRIGHAM YOUNG

Ryan Roundy, Sr. No. 8 and Team Captain

“Ever since I came to BYU I’ve always been thrilled to play in the Cal vs. BYU game. Now to get them on our home field and to be playing for a national championship makes all the time and effort worth it.”

“Our program has grown a lot over the time that I’ve been here, but we are always going to be measured by how we did when we played Cal.”

“We’ve had a great season so far but a big part of the legacy we’ll leave will be measured on this weekend’s performance.”

“We [Cal & BYU] both want to come out national champions, but there can only be one team after all is said and done that wins the Varsity Cup. It’s going to be an intense game from start to finish and I expect nothing but a battle by both teams. We’re very much looking forward to the challenge.”

Ray Forrester, Sr. Prop

“We love playing on South Field. Our fans are some of the best rugby fans in the country. It will be a privilege to step on South Field one last time in the Varsity Cup National Championship.”

“I have a lot of great memories here and I know Saturday’s match against Cal here on South Field will produce another great memory no matter the outcome.”

“[Cal is] a great program with a long tradition and we know they’re not going to take coming into Provo lightly. They’re going to accept the challenge we’ll lay out to them.”

“It’s going to be a battle. One for the ages. One that will have a big impact on not only both universities’ rugby tradition’s, but also the future of collegiate rugby. It doesn’t get any more exciting.”

Seki Kofe, Jr. Center

“I’ve played with a lot of the Cal guys on All American teams and they’re good players and good guys too. We have a lot of respect for them obviously since we’ve played almost every year since I’ve been here.”

“We have an opportunity to do something unique by playing for the Varsity Cup National Championship on our home field. This will be the first time that’s been done before.”

“And to be able to play against a team with Cal’s tradition and of their caliber makes it even more exciting to be a part of. This will be a game that I’m sure I will look back for the rest of my life. I’m really looking forward to it.”

TICKET & BROADCAST INFORMATION

Tickets to the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship can be bought in advance by visiting www.BYUTickets.com. Fans are advised to purchase them today due to limited seating.

The Varsity Cup National Championship match between BYU and Cal will  be broadcast live on the Varsity Cup’s YouTube Channel.

Kick-off is set for Saturday, May 4th at 1pm MT.

For more information on the Varsity Cup go to www.VarsityCup.US or follow it on Facebook and Twitter.