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BYU rugby: Cougars open season at Red Rock Invitational

By Justin Green

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 4:49 p.m. MST

Game MVP Jonny Linehan is surrounded by teammates as they celebrate as BYU defeats Cal in Rugby 27-24 on a drop as time expires to win the Varsity Cup National Championship Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Provo.

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BYU rugby begins its 2014 season this weekend with a trip to Mesquite, Nev., to compete in the Red Rock Invitational on Feb. 7-8.

“It’s good to have the season finally here,” head coach David Smyth said. “This weekend will be a good opportunity for all the players to get some game time. They are excited and eager so we are looking forward to it.”

BYU captain Kyle Sumsion said this weekend’s matches will be the Cougars first opportunity to see where the team stands in its preparations for the season.

“We’ve been going after each other pretty good for the past month,” he said. “It will be good to finally play someone other than ourselves. I think we’re all pretty excited to get some real game time and see how we do.”

The Cougars will take on Weber State on Friday followed by a match with UNLV on Saturday. Both games are at the Mesquite Sports and Event Complex and begin at 1 p.m. PST.

The BYU reserve squads will also have matches against the Dixie State and Salt Lake Community College squads. In total, the Cougars will play five games during the Red Rock Invitational.

For scoring updates and other news during the Cougars Red Rock Invitational weekend, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Justin Green is the SID over men's track and cross country for BYU Athletic Communications as well as BYU Rugby. He is a BYU student majoring in public relations and minoring in business and will graduate in April 2014. Email: justinjgreen8@gmail.

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