BYU rugby schedule filled with tough opponents

Ryan Roundy will lead the defending college champion Cougars in their 2013 spring season.


PROVO — BYU Rugby club announced its 2013 schedule this week.

And it’s tough.

“This year’s schedule really breaks new ground for us in terms of difficulty,” said head coach David Smyth said in a club press release. “I can’t remember a season that even approaches this one for the number of challenging fixtures it offers.”

The reigning collegiate national champions will play four matches with former “Super League” or Division 1 men’s club teams, one of those being the Champions’ Challenge between the last year’s Super League champion, New York Athletic Club, and the nation’s top college team, BYU.

The Cougars will also play its traditional Wasatch Cup rivalry contests in a new, home-and-home format with the University of Utah, a perennial top-5 college team.

The regular-season schedule will feature a selection of quality teams from Utah, California and Colorado. All home games will be produced by BYU Rugby and broadcasted on its website.

BYU will finish its season by participating in the recenlty formed Varsity Cup, competing with top-notch college clubs Utah, Air Force, Navy, Dartmouth, Notre Dame, California and UCLA. Of the prior 33 collegiate national championships 31 have been won by Varsity Cup teams.

Having graduated 15 players from last year’s roster the Cougars will marshal themselves behind the leadership of Senior All-Americans No. 8 Ryan Roundy and Prop Ray Forrester.

Having graduated the halfback pairing that led the Cougars to the 2009 and 2012 National Championships in Dylan Lubbe and Shaun Davies, youngsters Luke Mocke, John Linnehan and the seasoned Inoke Funaki will hope to operate the high-octane BYU scoring machine.

Other returners of note are All American Center Seki Kofe, Wing Will Taylor, All American Lock/Flanker TJ Allred and Fullback Ryan Blaser who recently returned from an LDS mission.

The BYU Reserve Grade squad will be competing in the newly-formed Utah Collegiate Rugby Conference (Utah Valley, Snow College, Dixie State, Idaho State, Weber State, Utah State, Southern Utah, Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah Reserve Grade team.

The Cougars report this weekend for a team mini-camp and then start their 2013 campaign on Jan. 11 and 12 in Mesquite, Nev., with the UCRC Red Rock Tournament where BYU will play Idaho State and the Utah 2nd XV.

JAN 11 @ Utah 2nd XV (Red Rock Tournament) TBD
JAN 12 @ Idaho State (Red Rock Tournament) TBD
JAN 26 @ UCLA*** TBD
FEB 2 @ Snow College TBD
FEB 9 @ Texas A&M (Las Vegas Invitational) TBD
FEB 16 @ Old Puget Sound (Dixie Invitational, St. George)* TBD
FEB 23 @ Denver Barbarians (Grand Junction, Colo.)* TBD
MAR 2 Utah State University TBD WEB
MAR 9 New York Athletic Club (Champions Challenge)* TBD WEB
MAR 16 @ University of Utah (Murray Park, Utah, Wasatch Cup)*** TBD
MAR 23 Air Force Academy*** TBD WEB
MAR 30 Las Vegas Blackjacks** TBD WEB
APR 5 University of Utah (Wasatch Cup)*** TBD WEB
APR 20 Varsity Cup Quarterfinal (TBD) TBD
APR 27 Varsity Cup Semifinal (TBD) TBD
MAY 4 Varsity Cup Championship (TBD) @ Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah) TBD

*Men’s Super League Team
**Men’s Division 1 Team
***Varsity Cup Team

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