2014

BYU Rugby: A look back at the 2014 season and the state of program

BYU fullback Josh Whippy scored two tries to help his side beat the California Golden Bears in front of 10,000 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium this past Saturday for the Varsity Cup National Championship. United World Sports Photo.
BYU fullback Josh Whippy scored two tries to help his side beat the California Golden Bears in front of 10,000 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium this past Saturday for the Varsity Cup National Championship. United World Sports Photo.

Provo, UT—With the dust still settling from the Cougars resounding 43-33 victory over the California Golden Bears BYU head coach David Smyth, his staff and captain Kyle Sumsion took time to review the 2014 season which culminated in BYU winning the Varsity Cup National Championship for the second year in a row over the University of California—Berkeley.

By running in seven tries against the vaunted California rugby program and in front of over 10,000 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium the Cougars put an exclamation point on a season that had high expectations from the outset according BYU’s head coach David Smyth.

“The season was a huge success,” said Smyth, “Our main priority was obviously to defend our championship and we did that. I couldn’t be more proud of the work our players put into this season in order to help us win the Varsity Cup again. We have a lot of respect for the California rugby program and are fortunate to have come out champions in this meeting between our two teams.”

BYU Rugby: A look back at the 2014 season and the state of program

BYU fullback Josh Whippy scored two tries to help his side beat the California Golden Bears in front of 10,000 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium this past Saturday for the Varsity Cup National Championship. United World Sports Photo.
BYU fullback Josh Whippy scored two tries to help his side beat the California Golden Bears in front of 10,000 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium this past Saturday for the Varsity Cup National Championship. United World Sports Photo.

Provo, UT—With the dust still settling from the Cougars resounding 43-33 victory over the California Golden Bears BYU head coach David Smyth, his staff and captain Kyle Sumsion took time to review the 2014 season which culminated in BYU winning the Varsity Cup National Championship for the second year in a row over the University of California—Berkeley.

By running in seven tries against the vaunted California rugby program and in front of over 10,000 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium the Cougars put an exclamation point on a season that had high expectations from the outset according BYU’s head coach David Smyth.

“The season was a huge success,” said Smyth, “Our main priority was obviously to defend our championship and we did that. I couldn’t be more proud of the work our players put into this season in order to help us win the Varsity Cup again. We have a lot of respect for the California rugby program and are fortunate to have come out champions in this meeting between our two teams.”

Cougars Release 2014 Schedule

Provo, UT—The three-time National Champion BYU Rugby team today released its upcoming 2014 schedule, which includes two top men’s teams, the return of the Wasatch Cup and two inaugural challenge series with some of collegiate rugby’s top teams.

“One of our goals as a program here at BYU is to provide an environment where our student athletes are challenged to develop into good rugby players,” said BYU head coach David Smyth,”I firmly believe that this schedule offers that opportunity for development. Our regular season competition, will be very demanding and will help us improve and mature as we lead up to the Varsity Cup National Championship.”

The Cougars’ season begins at the familiar Las Vegas Invitational January 22-24 in conjunction with America’s largest rugby tournament the USA Sevens HSBC IRB Sevens World Series stop at Sam Boyd Stadium. BYU’s foes are still to be determined as event organizers are finalizing involved teams.

BYU’s next challenge will be in Mesquite, NV as the team squares off with Colorado University and the Air Force Academy in the Red Rock Invitational February 7th and 8th.

The Cougars will then travel to Moraga, CA February 15th for the first leg of the inaugural West Coast Cup which pits West Coast Conference foes BYU against the formidable St. Mary’s College.

The Gaels of St. Mary’s will return to Provo, UT March 8th for the second leg of the home-and-away series three weeks later. The cumulative score tally between the two games will declare the winner of the West Coast Cup.