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Happy New Year 2020! Tryouts Monday Jan 6

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BYU Fulltime Female Students:

Happy New Year! We are inviting you come to rugby tryouts for our Women's Rugby team, for this Winter/Spring 2020 season.

TRYOUT DETAILS: (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY)

BYU Women's Rugby Winter 2020 Try-Outs!

Date: Monday January 6, 2020

Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm MTN

Venue: BYU Indoor Practice Facility (IPF)

Dress code: Workout clothes (shorts and T-shirts with sleeves) with cleats or sneakers. No tank tops. Bring a mouthpiece or mouthguard if you have one. Remove jewelry and be sure to cut finger nails for your safety and for the safety of others. Hydrate throughout the day before tryouts.

 

All the best! -- Women's Rugby Officials

 

BYU Beats Montana State 88-5

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BOZEMAN, Mont —The BYU Cougars traveled to Bozeman, Montana to take on Montana State University.

The Cougars started quickly with a forward-driven try by Marin Spears in the second minute. The forwards continued to power through the MSU defense allowing Alisa Baker and Kylie Clark to add to the scoreboard. A few minutes later, Tiana Tolman sprinted dizzyingly fast on the sideline to take in a 50-yard try. 

Both teams continued to battle for possession with the Cougars finding holes in MSU’s defensive line. MSU’s number four made hard runs to progress the Bobcats up the field, but at the half BYU led 51–0.

Both teams started the new half fighting for possession. Junior wing, Baylie Duce quickly took advantage of MSU’s dropped pass to start the scoring again for the Cougars.

MSU battled through and scored a last-minute try to finish the game 88– 5.

BYU is scheduled to play CMU on Oct.19th and UVU on October 26.

Scoring Summary 

Tries - Spears (2’), Baker (4’, 10’), Clark (7’, 30’), Tolman (14’), Morrissette (17’), Duce (22’, 49’, 64’), Kalaniuvalu (41’), Christensen (61’), Cox (68’), Wilson (73’), MSU (81’)

Conversions - Tolman (5’, 11’, 15’, 18’, 23’, 31’, 50’), Baker (69’, 75’)

Halftime Score - BYU 57  MSU 0 

Final Score - BYU 88, MSU 5

BYU Starting Lineup

1. Pamela Patton 2. Cierrah Garza 3. Hannah Beagley 4. Marin Spears 5. Marion Morrow 6. Tiesa Kalaniuvalu 7. Kylie Clark 8. Taylor Johnston 9. Christina Miller 10. Matalasi Morrissette 11. Baylie Duce 12. Delaney Rakuita 13. Lewanda Aspinall 14. Alisa Baker 15. Tiana Tolman

BYU Women’s Rugby Team Concludes Tryouts, New Roster Announced

By Dolli Player - Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Kylie Clark - BYU Women's Rugby

Provo, UT - The top ranked Brigham Young University Women’s rugby team wraps up their fall season tryouts, announcing a 45-player roster and preparing for the start of USA Women’s DI College rugby game play.

“I feel really good about the future of the program,” said head coach Tom Waqa. “The quality of players has improved drastically since last year’s tryouts, and I look forward to having a good season with this group.”

The Cougars finished their winter season with a 48-0 victory against Virginia Tech in May of 2019, winning the USA Women’s College Spring DI National Championship. This is the highest rank that the team has achieved since their inaugural season as a BYU sanctioned team in 2016. Moving forward, the team is setting their sights on building a team that can defend that national title.

“Yes, the success of last year was big for our program, but we want to build on it and not rest on our laurels or be complacent,” Waqa said. “We want to work hard and earn our rank again this year.”

After three days of tryouts and 106 new participants, the BYU women’s rugby team announces a roster of 45 players. This roster includes 23 returning members squad members, as well as 22 new athletes.

New team captains were also announced at the conclusion of tryouts. Senior Emily Briggs was named captain, with senior Alisa Baker named as co- captain. Forwards position coach Tevita Atalifo and back line coach Kisa Kalougata also return this season to coach the team alongside Waqa.

Competitive play for begins the team on Saturday Sept. 28 at 10:30am against Utah State on home turf, after an intrasquad blue-white scrimmage on Sept. 21. For more information on game times and tickets, visit womensrugby.byu.edu.

2019: New Year. New Look. Same Legacy.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by BYU Women's Rugby Editor

Provo, UT - BYU Women’s Rugby have revealed the new 2019 home and alternate kits, which will be worn by the BYU women’s rugby team throughout the current & coming season 2019-2020. The design of the shirt takes inspiration from Canterbury of New Zealand (USA) TOA Everest design and motto - “To be brave, and bold.”

The design, which creates a sublimated design to give a ‘textured sublimated look’, uses a variety of school ‘Y’ logos, and tribal tapa design on the sleeve, reflecting on our participation and inclusion model under Extramural Sports, together with honor and rugby tradition at BYU. The jerseys also include VapoDri technology, which is designed to wick moisture away from the body and maintain core temperature.

“Women’s rugby at BYU began in February 2000, when Julia Hobbs, 19, a sophomore from Norman, OK, put up fliers on campus, asking girls interested in playing to call her.”

“Over 100 girls called,” Hobbs said. Many have since dropped out or gone home for the summer — only 12 girls remain.” By Emily Bell – NewsNet Staff Writer – 31 May 2000.

Rachel Strasdas Jersey

BYU Women’s rugby tradition  lives on;  from those 12 dedicated girls, to a highly ranked team in the Nation today. With an average roster of about 40 girls, sometimes more, every Winter/Spring and Fall semester, and a dedicated coaching staff, it is highly unlikely that the sacrifice made by the founders of women’s rugby at BYU will ever fade away. This is indeed a living legacy.

If everything goes according to plan, the new home kit will be worn by the Women’s Rugby team for the first time on Saturday February 23, 2019 against University of Wyoming in Provo, Utah.

BYU defeats CWU, capping a 11-0 Fall 2018 record

Saturday October 27, 2018 - 2.00pm MDT ; By Maddie Kunzler, Cougar Rugby News & Guest Editor

Kathleen Dzaran, Tayzlie Tripple, Rachel Strasdas, Katie Gurney enjoying the moment before the big game Sat Oct 27.

Provo, UT - The BYU Women’s Rugby team had a great close to their season this Fall 2018 semester. This past, Oct 18-20 weekend, they traveled to Phoenix & Mesa, Arizona to compete against four teams - Grand Canyon, Arizona State, Arizona & Northern Arizona University. On the Friday October 19th, the Cougars started off with a win, beating Grand Canyon University 72 - 5. On Saturday October 20th, both A and B side teams were able to compete against University of Arizona, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona University. Highlights of the tournament included great runs by prop Jaelen Makasini, wing Tiana Tolman, and center Delaney Rakuita; a stellar kick by #9 Brooklyn Grange, run down by center Rachel Strasdas for a try; and a beautiful interception by wing Madeline Kunzler that led to her try under the posts. The team worked hard to maintain possession and play tough defense throughout the day.

ASU Round Robin Tournament October 20th, Final Scores:
> vs. Grand Canyon, 72-5
> vs. U of A, 49-0 ( A Side)
> vs. ASU, 50-0 (A Side)
> vs. ASU, 29-0 (B Side)
> vs. NAU, 49-0 (A Side)
> vs. U of A, 10-5 (B Side)

This past weekend, Saturday October 27th, BYU Cougars played their last game of the season against a strong Central Washington University. This was the most anticipated game of the season and the Cougars came ready to play. The game took place at the old Provo High School Stadium and the Women’s Rugby team was excited to be the first BYU sanctioned team, to ever compete on this new BYU property.

BYU Goes Home with a Win

BYU Team win over UNM Nov 5 2016.

 

Saturday November 5, 2016 - Cougar Rugby News

Albuquerque, NM - BYU women's rugby overcomes New Mexico Women on a DI-Elite encounter Saturday at St Pius High School Field, NM. After a period of feeling out in the first half, BYU opened the flood gates and accumulated 40 points in the first half. BYU was led by a strong pack that dominated the lineout battle, and scrums.

BYU closed the line with some good defense and were able to work some depth and put the game away for good in the second half. Final score: BYU 88 - UNM 0.

 

BYU prevail over Lethbridge

Saturday March 19, 2016 : 11:00am - By Emma Stewart

Provo, UT - BYU women’s rugby got a 26-14 victory over Lethbridge, Canada Saturday afternoon. The BYU Cougars met at Helaman Field to take on the Pronghorns from the Canadian University of

Lethbridge from Lethbridge, Alberta for the first time in three years. Lethbridge came out on top in the last matchup between the two teams in 2012 with 5-3 over the BYU team. Expecting this to be their

hardest game this season, the Cougars were hoping for some preparation to play Central Washington. Playing the other Cougars on Wednesday March 23, and possibly next month in the D1 Elite playoffs in

Ellensburg, the BYU Cougars were looking for this game to be a good chance to hone their skills. The sunny Saturday morning game kicked off at 11 am, with both teams coming out with some big hits

and aggressive rucks. With many penalties on both sides, the Pronghorns and the Cougars fought for the upper hand. Finally the Cougars were able to punch through the Lethbridge defense and Sia Skipps

scored the first points of the game. After a difficult conversion by Jessie Beck, the score was 7 – 0 rounding off the scoring for the first half.

Both the Pronghorns and the Cougars fought hard in the rucks and scrums for possession of the ball. Though there were a couple line breaks by the Lethbridge players, the Cougars spent the majority of the

first half on the Lethbridge side of the field. Tight defense by the Pronghorns held BYU at bay, and the half ended with no additional scoring by either side.

“We started slow and we could have done better with our offense,” said head coach Tom Waqa. “That’s understandable when you play a really good team. Credit to Lethbridge, they gave us a really good game.”