2013 Varsity Cup Details Released

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

2013 Schedule Q&A w/ Coach Smyth

BYU Head Coach David Smyth
BYU Head Coach David Smyth

Provo, UT–BYUtv’s Jarom Jordan caught up with BYU head coach David Smyth on the eve of the Cougars releasing their 2013 schedule.

BYUtv: Coming off your program’s second national title last year your team graduated a number of players that included scrum half Shaun Davies, fly half Dylan Lubbe and fan favorite Mikey Su’a. How are you seeing this year’s team come together and who do you see stepping into the shoes of your many graduated All-Americans?

Smyth: Obviously, we’ll miss those young men who contributed greatly to the success of the BYU rugby program. We certainly wish them them well. College rugby presents you with these challenges on a yearly basis. We have a cycle where each year you have to rebuild, some years more so than others. So, here we are again, but we’ve been here before – we have other young men who will come through and grasp the opportunity. I’m confident that they will excel just as those who went before them did. Our job as coaches is to help them succeed in their new roles as expeditiously as possible.

BYUtv: Coming off your program’s second national title last year, BYU announced its departure from USA Rugby’s post-season play. Can you explain for the alumni and fans what that means?

Smyth: Simply put, it means we won’t be competing in the USAR playoffs. It’s not a decision we arrived at quickly or without looking at as many of the variables as we could.