BYU Womens Cougar's B 48 Lowland U19 0

Womens Cougar Scrum vs UNM 2010

Provo, UT - BYU Womens Cougars B squad took on a young Lowland U19 side on Saturday October, 9, 2010 and came through 48 - 0. The Cougars managed to work some depth on this squad for most of the game. Lowland U19 held the Cougars to a 7 - 0 lead in the first half. Ashley Burge (8) scored for the BYU Women. Lowland put on a good defensive effort in the first 30 minutes, when the Cougars were camped on the Lowland territory for most of the first half.
In the second half, after some personnel adjustments, Cougars tidied up their game, and executed a lot better. BYU women starters got to play the last 10 minutes of the game. The Cougars scored through Ashley Burge again, Kara Longhurst - 1 try + 2 conversions, Monica Jackson - try, Morgan Rovetti - 2 tries, Kristi Jackson - try , Eric Treasure - try and Chanel Arts kicked 2 conversions.

Rachel Longhurst (prop) and Melissa Massey, (open side flanker - 7), had outstanding games for the Cougars.

There is still a lot of things to work on especially with decision making, and fundamentals of ball handling. Body position in contact situation is concern, but we've got some time to fix that this semester.

Womens Cougar B 48 Lowland U19 0

-- Sports Editor, Cougar Rugby News

BYU Women B vs Lowland U19 - Saturday 10/09/10

Provo-UT: Womens Cougar Rugby B will take on Lowland U19 out of Utah, for a friendly match at home in Provo this Saturday October 09, 2010 at 9am. Admission is free - we accept donations to our rugby club.


Saturday · 09:00am - 11:00am

Fort Utah Park - Rugby Field, 200 N Geneva Rd, Provo, UT 84601


Free - feel free to:

Email: womenscougarrugby(at)

BYU Women's Cougars 43 UNM 5


Fullback Morgan Rovetti on the burst for BYU Women against UNM.

Provo, UT - BYU Women's Cougars defeated UNM, 43 - 5 at home on Saturday September 18, 2010. The weather was perfect which set the stage for good matchup. UNM’s defense withstood Cougar's attacks within the first 15 minutes, until Tressa Tenney (8-man) dove over from a 5 minute scrum to record the first try 5-0.

Winger Keelia Harker recorded the first of her two tries after that, which was converted by Star Bollinger to make that 12 – 0. Cougars kept at it with the forwards really doing well to setup some good platform for our backs. Winger Rebekah Siebach scored her 50 meter try after one of those phases; try was converted to make it 19 – 0. BYU Womens looked in control from here, and kept applying pressure on the UNM defensive line. Returning Center/Fullback Morgan Rovetti scored just before the half to make that 26 -0 going the second half.

The forward pack led by Captain/Flanker Samantha Wright did an outstanding job in the lineouts winning about 90% of their own lineouts, and stealing some of UNM’s lineout balls. The forwards managed to score two tries in the second half through good ball retention on forward drives, off loading in the tackle; and one from a maul after a line break. UNM was awarded a penalty try towards the end of the game, and conversion went wide.

Kristi Jackson in full stride against UNM.

"On that UNM try we shot ourselves on the foot, when we should have kept the discipline and cleared from inside our 22 meter line." Coach Tom Waqa said.

Keelia Harker finished the day with her second try underneath the post to make it 43 – 5.

UNM Women Tour BYU - Sat 09/18/10


Provo-UT: BYU Womens Cougars will take on UNM Womens Lobos for a friendly match at home in Provo this Saturday September 18, 2010 at 11am. Admission is free - we accept donations to our rugby club.


Saturday · 11:00am - 1:00am

Fort Utah Park - Rugby Field, 200 N Geneva Rd, Provo, UT 84601


Free - feel free to:

Email: womenscougarrugby(at)

BYU Women 41 UVU Women 5

Ball Presentation - the artistic version.

Orem, UT- BYU Women's Cougars started the season with a win over local archrival Utah Valley University (UVU) on Saturday September 11, 2010. Before the game the team paid tribute to September 11 with a one minute of silence.

BYU got off to a slow start, but managed to gain momentum as the game progresses. The Cougars crossed the line 7 times and coveted 3 to put the game away 41 - 5. This game marked the return of Ela Wolfgram (from church mission), Morgan Rovetti - U20 (study abroad and had a brief appearance with UN Reno last season), Tressa Tenney and Rachel Longhurst who were also on study abroad. BYU got off to a slow start, but managed to gain momentum as the game progresses. Morgan Rovetti, Cajin Christianson, Keilani Paul, and Tressa Tenney were outstanding for the Cougars.

UVU scored a consolation try towards the end of the game through their fullback who played a solid game for them.

The Cougars saw flashes of running rugby in the game, but they would need to improve on a lot of things before they take on University of New Mexico at home next week.

-- Sports Writer, Cougar Rugby News

BYU Womens Rugby vs UVU Women - Sep 11, 2010

Orem-UT: BYU Womens Cougars begin there 2010-2011 season with a game against rivals Utah Valley University at UVU Rugby grounds today Sep 11, 2010.


Today · 9:00am - 11:00am

UVU field, 940 West 800 South Orem (Behind the education building)

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Come out and cheer on the cougars as we hit the field for our first game of the season!

Waisale Serevi - A Rugby Legend

Coach Tom Waqa, and Waisale Serevi at 2010 US Mens 7s Nationals in San Francisco, CA.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Waisale Tikoisolomoni Serevi is a Fijian rugby union footballer, renowned for his superb skills in the abbreviated code of rugby which is Sevens (7′s).

Serevi, the most decorated Fijian in world rugby, who represented his country 39 times from 1989 to 2003 in 15s, is rated as the undisputed King of Sevens, the magician, the wizard, the maestro, the master, the genius and the greatest sevens rugby player of all time.

Serevi is a household name, well-known for his ability to magically manufacture rugby space out of nothing, and create plays like a work of art.

Serevi, in action for Fiji at 7s Rugby World Cup 2005

“He has the ability to go from his own line, the ability to beat anyone from anywhere at anytime,” enthused Mark Thomas. “He was so unpredictable to play against and with such staggering pace.” Say no more.

With two Sevens World Cups (Melrose Cups), five Hong Kong Sevens titles, three Hong Kong Sevens ‘Most Valuable Player’ awards, two silver medals in the Commonwealth Games and a World Games gold medal in 2001 his achievements are staggering.

Serevi represented Fiji in three Rugby World Cups in the 15-man game. Serevi retired from International rugby after the 2003 Rugby World Cup, but was persuaded by Fiji to return for the 2005 Sevens World Cup. He placed an exclamation point on his career by leading Fiji to the title, making Fiji the first nation to win two Sevens World Cups. After this win, he was named player-coach of the national sevens side. As a coach who continues to play semi-regularly, he lifted the 2006 World Sevens Series championship trophy.

2 BYU Students on USA U20 WNT Rugby Tour

2010 USA U20's Star Bollinger and Rebekah Siebach
USA Rugby, BOULDER, Colo. – Following the U20 Women’s National Team Camp held at the University of California - Santa Barbara the U20 WNT Head Coach Bryn Chivers has officially announced the 2010 squad. The squad is comprised of 24 players from 22 high school, college, and club programs from across the country including the program’s first ever player from Hawaii. With only ten returning players, the squad is very different from the one that lost 12-13 to the Canada U20s in January.

Chivers wasn’t happy with the team’s performance against the Canada U20s, feeling that squad had underperformed in the one point loss. “It was just a little lackluster. We had very good players but the chemistry of the squad was off and they didn’t play well together.” This prompted a shake up that saw a whole new group of players invited to the U20 Elite Camp and resulted in the U20’s going 2-0 against their opposition at the U23 National All-Star Championships.

The rebuilt squad has five new forwards including Western Washington’s Mileka Grager and UConn’s Alycia Washington. The nine new backs include All-American center Star Bollinger from BYU, Akalaini Baravilala from the Aliamanu Rugby Club in Hawaii, and wings Holly Zoeller and Rebekah Siebach from North Carolina and BYU respectively.

This new squad is very exciting to watch” said Chivers. “We have the experience of players like Jozy Gessner, Katie Johnson, and Candace Barley who are in their fourth and fifth years in the program, but we also have a large group of new players who bring a fierce energy to the squad”.

2010 USA Women's Collegiate All-Americans

2010 BYU All-Americans Kayla, Keelia and Star. Absent: Kristi and Kirsten

BOULDER, Colo. - Following last weekend's National Collegiate Championships, USA Rugby has officially selected the 2010 Women's Collegiate All-American Teams today.

This honor is bestowed upon the best women collegiate rugby players in the country and recognizes a high standard of performance throughout the year.

The 2010 selection panel included Women’s National Team Coach Kathy Flores, Women’s National Sevens Team Coach Ric Suggitt, Women’s National ‘A’ Team Coach Martha Daines, Women’s National Under-20 Coach Bryn Chivers, Women’s Collegiate All-American Touring Squad Coach Lisa Rosen and the Women’s High Performance Manager Alex Williams.

The goals of the nomination process were to ensure that all athletes in all divisions had an opportunity to be viewed, whether their teams made the playoffs or not, and to ensure that consistent information was submitted for each nominated athlete. The process was robust and inclusive and a large pool of athletes was nominated. The selection panel was very pleased with the participation in the process and hopes to expand participation even further next year.

The All-Americans were selected on the basis of match video submissions and/or performance at Collegiate Playoffs and Championships, all of which were viewed by members of the selection panel. Athletes from all collegiate divisions were considered for selection as First Team or Second Team Collegiate All-Americans.

"I would like to congratulate all of the Women's Collegiate All-Americans named below," said Williams. "It was a challenging task for the selection panel to narrow down this list. We are very happy to honor the selected athletes, their coaches and schools for their selection as a Women's Collegiate All-American."

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.