BYU rugby: Cougars set to face Cal Poly in Wednesday night match in Provo
BYU rugby welcomes Cal Poly to Provo just four days after beating Utah Valley on South Field. The Cougars look to build on the momentum gained from their current six-game win streak after having a short week of practice leading up to Wednesday night’s matchup.
“We’re looking forward to a good contest with Cal Poly,” BYU head coach David Smyth said. “They’re a program with a great tradition and we’ve always had great games with them.”
BYU is currently 11-1 on the season but is heading into a very difficult portion of the schedule. After Wednesday’s game against Cal Poly, the Cougars face men’s club San Francisco Golden Gate for the Champions Challenge in Provo.
“The next few weeks are very exciting for us,” BYU captain Johnny Linehan said. “Cal Poly will definitely give us a good challenge before we face San Francisco Golden Gate for the Champions Challenge.”
BYU and San Francisco Golden Gate square off in Saturday’s Champions Challenge as the reigning collegiate and men’s division champions, respectively.
“The boys get excited to play men’s clubs because they challenge us physically and a lot of players have experience above the college level,” Linehan said. “It should be a really good game of rugby.”
Following this week’s games, BYU faces Utah in Provo for the coveted Wasatch Cup on Friday, April 4, and then travels to Phoenix to take on Arizona State for the inaugural Rugby Bowl 2014 on April 12, before the Cougars begin their national championship campaign in the 2014 Varsity Cup.
Varsity Cup action begins with BYU traveling to Annapolis and the Naval Academy to face the winner of Dartmouth and Clemson on April 19.
The Cougars have played in the national title game for the last nine years dating back to 2006. BYU has won three of the last five National Championships and looks to win their third straight national championship game.
The Varsity Cup final will be held May 3 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and will be televised live on NBC Sports Network. For full event details, including match dates and venue details along with ticket information visit Varsity Cup's website.
Wednesday’s game against Cal Poly begins at 7:00 p.m. MDT on South Field. Admittance is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Fans can also watch the game live via BYU rugby’s YouTube channel or follow the game on Twitter.
Kelby Jones is a student at BYU studying public relations and currently writes for BYU Rugby.
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