Utah to face BYU in rugby at Rio Tinto

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  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    March 1, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    cougarnate: if you knew anything about rugby you'd realize BYU would not have fielded a good 7s team last year. They are built for 15s, and they are good at it...but lets not spread the hypothetical halo too far...that dreamy "we woulda" attitude reveals how childish you are.

    Agree with BPMiller. Poor coverage of the strongest rugby state in the Country, from u19 to college to club. The 7s tournament on NBC had six times the viewership the National college Lacrosse tourny had, more coverage than the 15s championship. 7s is now an Olympic sport. And the News gives delivers a few lines?

  • BPMiller Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    I can't believe this is all that the paper has about this so far. Rugby in Utah is huge, having 2 colleges that are nationally ranked play each other in a great stadium, with great fans on both sides. They should have a big spread about this, with pictures, records, and other facts. BYU won the 15's National Title in 2009. Utah played on National Television and won the 7's National Title against Cal in OT none the less. Highland and United played in the high school national title and being separated by only about 40 miles, that adds to the greatness of the game in this state. Poor coverage by our so intrigued reporters!!

    March 1, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    Yeah hymn to the silent utah did beat BYU last year and yes they did win the national 7's tourney, (which BYU did not participate in because the final was on sunday). but BYU played in the full squad national championship again, and BYU has had its way with utah much of the time in the past few years. BYU is always in the final four and when 7's stops playing the championship on sundays they'll be in that final four too. Go Cougars!!!!!

  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    March 1, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    You guys are so clever...and all this boy scout trash talk. I was only clarifying the record. Utah beat BYU at Rio Tinto. Utah 7s won a National championship over the same Cal team BYU beat (that counts as a National Championship in rugby). We've loved playing BYU over the years...as a member of the Church I have been disappointed in their sportsmanship at times---kicking over garbage cans and flashing gang signs, but they have their share of good young men and the games have been some of the best rugby you'll see in the Country. As for being jealous, no. You guys live in Alpine, American Fork and Omaha...what's to be jealous of?

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 1, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    Jealous U,

    That's great. I pointed out we finished 2nd, because BYU finished 3rd in the final poll last year. So while your boys are braggin about playing in the Championship game, it didn't get you a higher final ranking.

  • Big_Ben Centerville, UT
    March 1, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    awesome to find a sport where both programs are top ten nationally. Hope it turns out to be a good game.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    March 1, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    BYU's worst win was by 15 points on the road. They are averaging wins of about 70-3...all on the road. They even shutout Penn State 64-0. Rugby is actually fun to watch in person. Lay a slaughter on 'em Cougs!

  • Jealous U Alpine, UT
    March 1, 2011 11:09 a.m.


    Since we've gone to self-service, Utah alums no longer have to leave the booth to pump gas into my Lexus.

    How many national championships has Utah won in rugby?

    Just as I thought; another Utah fan beating his chest about finishing 2nd, AGAIN!

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    March 1, 2011 10:26 a.m.


    blauch beat me to it but you need a reality dose. Utah's win against BYU last year was the 1st on in several years and they actually split last year. Not to mention as blauch pointed out BYU played in the National Championship game last year.

    So while those BYU alums are making copies you need to get busy making my burrito.

    But the truth is both schools have great rugby teams, it just so happens BYU's is better. No shame in that, enjoy your own team as they'll win plnety of matches this year although probably not against BYU.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 1, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    Yes, Utah is very good in Rugby and finished ranked 2nd nationally last year. Go Utes!!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 1, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    Let's go Utes. Show em how it's done!!!

  • blauch Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    Utah did beat BYU last year. But Come on. They split their games last year. BYU also played for a national Championship last year, won the National Championship in 2009. BYU also beat Utah 8 straight games before that game.

    Utah is also very good in Rugby and it should be a good game.

  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    March 1, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    Uh...Utah beat BYU last year at Rio Tinto...and the Utah 7's won the National tournament, beating Cal. And Jimmer doesn't play rugby. Glad you finally have somebody to idolize---i've seen Jimmer's picture taped to many a BYU alum's pocket protector (I hire a lot of BYU grads, they make good copies). Enjoy the game, I will.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    March 1, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    Go Cougs!! Who have beat utah several times recently in rugby. This could be Jimmer-esque.

  • hedgelog Idaho Falls, ID
    March 1, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    Go Cougs!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 1, 2011 7:23 a.m.

    Rugby - great, great sport! Wish I were closer.

  • andrewute1 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    Thretton Palamo is going to kill byu in Rugby AND Football this year!!

    GO UTES!!

  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    March 1, 2011 4:16 a.m.

    Alright, another BYU victory.