BYU and Utah-led rugby postseason agreement extended to 2015


AMERICAN FORK — Even before the first season is over, the Varsity Cup received a big boost Monday.

All eight coaches of the Varsity Cup have agreed to extend their participation for an additional two seasons through 2015.

“We have experienced a real breath of fresh air in our interactions with the other schools in the Varsity Cup,” said Mike Flanagan, head coach of the US Naval Academy rugby program said in a press release. “It’s been wonderful working with like-minded individuals to build a postseason framework that advances collegiate rugby while sensitively taking into account the needs of participant teams from every standpoint. We just couldn’t be more pleased with our involvement and are happy to sign up for two more years after this season.”

The mission of the Varsity Cup is to provide the participating teams with a superior platform for showcasing the highest level of college rugby in America and to produce a commercially attractive national championship that serves the interests of players and fans alike. The Varsity Cup is a 15-per-side single elimination postseason tournament played in the late spring.

The extension also confirms that the competition will retain its existing competition window beginning in mid-April and extending through the first weekend of May.

The Varsity Cup teams are also currently in conversations regarding expanding the number of teams in the competition for the upcoming 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

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