BYU RUGBY TRAVELS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO FACE TWO TOUGH OPPONENTS AS THEY OPEN THE 2017 SEASON
The BYU Rugby team will travel to Southern California for games against the Mustangs of Cal Poly and the San Diego State Aztecs
"We have an exciting weekend ahead of us as we take on a couple of talented teams from the California D1-A conference, it will be a stern test straight out of the gate," said BYU rugby head coach David Smyth. "We’ve been working hard in training, and the boys are excited to get back on the rugby field in a competitive environment."
The BYU Cougars return many of the starters from last year’s team and will be led by returning captain, Senior Ara Elkington. The Cougars will count on other returning players to help lead the team, particularly their two four-time All-American brothers, Jared and Josh Whippy. Other returning players of note include hooker Alex Vorster, USA national team member Matt Jensen playing at lock, No 8 Jackson Kaka, the center pairing of Zach Webber and Calvin Whiting who will be joined in the back line by wings Tua Laei and Kevin Schofield.
“We’ll have some experience on the field this season, that should help us” said Elkington. “The boys are ready to get after it; we’re just really looking forward to playing rugby again”.
Missing from the sidelines this weekend, for the first time in a very long time will be BYU’s forward coach, Wayne Tarawhiti, as he continues his battle with cancer. “It will be strange not to have him there with us”, said head coach Smyth. “But he’ll be there in spirit and the boys will be playing for him, they’ve dedicated this season to him, so we’ll work hard to honor him in all that we do this year”!
Game schedule Southern California tour:
- vs Cal Poly reserves at 6:15 p.m.
- vs Cal Poly at 7:30 p.m.
- vs SDSU reserves at 11:00 a.m.
- vs SDSU at 1:00 p.m.