The Cup, which is in its first year, is a breakaway postseason tournament of eight top programs from the top division of college rugby. 31 of the last 33 National Collegiate Championships having been won by one of the Varsity Cup teams.
“It doesn’t get any better than single-elimination national championship rugby,” said Cal head coach Jack Clark.
Here is the schedule:
At Annapolis, Md.
Cal (seeded 2nd, ranked No. 1) vs. Notre Dame (7th, No. 16), 11:30 a.m.
Dartmouth (3rd, No. 21) vs. Navy (6th, No. 11), 1:30 p.m.
(The Annapolis games can be viewed online with a subscription at NavySports.com)
At Los Angeles
Central Washington (4th, No. 7) vs. Air Force (5th, No. 18), 3 p.m.
BYU (4th, No. 1) vs. UCLA (6th, No. 8), 5 p.m.
(The L.A. games can be watched on the Varsity Cup YouTube Channel)
Semifinals, April 27
At higher-seeds home sites
Championship, May 4
South Field Stadium, Provo
(Deseretnews.com will stream this game live)
The seeds were determined before the season began. Central Washington replaces Utah’s rugby team, which has been suspended for multiple violations.
Despite being the top seed, BYU head coach David Smyth knows his club has its work cut out for it: “We’re very much looking forward to heading back to Los Angeles. The Bruins are a very different team from when we played them earlier this year. Our goal is no different from any of the other seven teams in the Varsity Cup, but having a chance at winning a National Championship only comes if we get past UCLA and that’s not going to be an easy task this time around.”
Also this week, it was announced that Texas will join Varsity Cup in 2014 and 2015.