BYU Joins Varsity Cup Championship

July 17, 2012 by  
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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 the Varsity 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 Facebook, Twitter and its website:


5 Responses to “BYU Joins Varsity Cup Championship”
  1. Tha,ts sound fantastic.I wish its already here.Thank you for all the fun games.

  2. Dwight Cornell says:

    This all sounds reallly awesome, but can someone please explain how this will all work, both Regular season and Post season, and will there still be games at Rio Tinto Stadium.

  3. Dwight Cornell says:

    I was looking at the new schedule and I noticed that they have UofU on their twice, is that a typo or are we really playing them twice? Also we ar playing Denver again but at their place, they must be too afraid to come to Provo and play us.
    I am very excited for the new season to start GO COUGARS!!!

  4. Rob Autrey says:

    BYU has played Utah twice a year for as long as I can remember (home and home) but most recently for the Wasatch Cup. Holder of the cup retains the cup with a series sweep or split. Challenger wins the cup with a sweep only. In other words the advantage goes to the current champ. BYU has held it since its inception if I remember correctly.

    The game against the Denver Barbarians is in Grand Junction. A neutral site. This way fans from either region can make the trip. A little warmer than Denver or Provo, or so it is hoped.

    My question is, “Why no UVU?” They have some good players that could use the tests.

  5. Haystacks Calhoun says:

    I thought fans would be able to buy the new Adidas gear ar World Rugby ? Must have fallen thru ?

    Good luck this year.


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