National News - BYU forfeits Sunday game

National News - BYU forfeits Sunday game

BYU adds two teams to its extramural sports program

BYU Women's Rugby Fall 2015
BYU Women's Rugby Team pose at Colorado Springs.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - By BYU News -

Brigham Young University is adding two new women’s teams to its extramural sports programs, which currently includes five teams. The two new sports are women’s rugby and women’s lacrosse.

The current program includes men’s lacrosse, men’s rugby, men’s soccer and men’s and women’s racquetball. The extramural program falls under the direction of Student Life at BYU. Teams in this program compete outside of the university.

“We are excited to add these women’s teams to our program, said Morris Havea, director of Extramural Sports at BYU. “These teams are well prepared to compete. We are pleased to have them represent BYU.”

The coaches for the two women’s teams have not yet been named, although a search is currently underway for both positions. Once named the coaches will determine their teams and 2016 schedules.

To Pray or Play, That Is Not a Question

By David Whitley
National Columnist - AOL News -
Published 4/18/2010

SANFORD, Fla. -- The field was empty Sunday. Just a day earlier, the BYU women's rugby players had happily posed for a team photo under the stadium's scoreboard.

The lights said the Cougars had just beaten Wisconsin-Milwaukee 46-7. The score didn't begin to tell their story.

"We won today," Coach Tom Waqa said. "But the girls' biggest opponent is tomorrow. That is adversity."

US Collegiate AA Center Kristi Jackson on the move for BYU.

With a national championship in sight, the Cougars walked away. To advance meant they would have to play Sunday.

As in the Sabbath. As in keep it holy.

As in bye-bye championship.

"It's bittersweet," team captain Kirsten Siebach said. "But it was a decision we had to make."

The players are all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Perhaps you know them as Mormons. By any name, what they did is almost unheard of these days.

Imagine Kentucky forfeiting a chance to make the Final Four. John Calipari probably wouldn't get a bonus for placing religion ahead of basketball. Or is there a difference in Kentucky?

BYU is the updated Title IX version of Chariots of Fire. In that movie, Scotsman Eric Liddell refused to run in the 100 meters in the 1924 Olympics because it fell on a Sunday.

Instead of running his specialty, the devout Christian started training for the 400 meters. Newspapers called Liddell a traitor to his country. He persevered and won a gold medal.

B.Y.U. Women’s Rugby Team Will Forfeit if It Reaches Sunday Game

BYU Womens Cougars 2010 Playoff


Published: April 15, 2010

The women on Brigham Young University’s club rugby team had every reason to expect that they would make it to the quarterfinals of the national college playoffs this weekend in Florida and California.

The Cougars advanced that far in last year’s tournament, losing to Penn State, the eventual champion. This year, they are ranked sixth in Division I by “We have a good shot,” said Kirsten Siebach, the team captain. “We’re certainly one of the top rugby teams in the country.”

No matter their performance, however, B.Y.U. will not advance past the Round of 16 this weekend. Siebach said all 35 team members are practicing Mormons, and because USA Rugby scheduled that round on Sunday, the team has decided to forfeit if it wins its game Saturday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“We’re obviously just very frustrated,” said Siebach, a senior. “We don’t want to put USA Rugby in a bad light, but at the same time we feel like we’ve been treated wrongly.”