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BYU Women's Rugby at CWU 2019

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Cougar Rugby News Editor

Boise, ID/Ellensburg, WA. (Mar 8-9) – The BYU Women's Rugby team (12-0) travelled to Boise State to play BSU Women in a friendly on Friday March 8, 2019. The Cougars were able to dominate that game and come out on top. BYU scored 12 tries and converted 9 of them. The final score was BYU 78 BSU 0.

Then the Cougars travelled to Central Washington University to play in their season's home and away fixture on Saturday March 9. The Wildcats defeated the Cougars 42-12.  
"We took a step back from a previous encounter last October, and lacked the intensity and drive to match up with a good Central Washington side." Coach Tom Waqa said. "We are trying to rebuild for the season ending coming up, so this loss, even though it is very humbling, we as a team can really identify areas to work on."
The Wildcats scored their first try just five minutes into the game. CWU's center standout A'au took the ball and drovethrough a handful of Cougar defenders to give the Wildcats a 5-0 lead.
The Wildcats were able to take the ball away and went on to capitalize. CWU's Odette was able to get the ball past the try line to increase the Wildcat lead to 10-0.
Central Washing got in on the scoring after CWU's Sagapolu powered through a pair of BYU defenders was able to dive in for her first try of the game. Her teammate Kauahi got in on the action with a try of her own after dashing down the sideline into the corner for her first try.

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.

Women's Rugby off to a 3-0 start this season

WRugby Roster MSU game Sep 29 2018

By Cougar Rugby Editor - Saturday September 29, 2018

Provo, UT - BYU Women's Rugby are off to a good start this season. The Cougs began their campaign on the road to Colorado and came away with  3 wins on the weekend of September 21-22. On Friday, September 21, BYU Cougars defeated Colorado Mesa by 79-12 through some stella performances from #9 Brooklyn Grange, #13 Rachel Strasdas, #11 Tiana Tolman, #10 Matalasi Morrissette and #8 Elle Peterson. The team moved on to Colorado Springs where they featured in two games against Air Force Academy A & B sides. Final Scores: BYU A 77 AFA 5; BYU B 12 AFA B 7.

Last week Montana State University Women's Rugby side, visited the Cougars at home for a Rocky Mountain Rugby Conference DI Game. BYU performed at a high level shutting out MSU 111 - 0. In front of 100 spectators, and parents, the Cougs started the game with 3 tries in the first 5 minutes, and outscored the opponents 68-0 in the first half. Final Score: BYU 111 MSU 0.

BYU Women's Rugby is looking forward to visting Utah Valley University Women's Rugby at UVU Grass Rugby Field, by the McKay Education Building on 800 S in Orem, for their RMRC DI Conference game this Friday October 5, 2018. Kickoff is scheduled 5.30pm MTN.


Women's Rugby Prepare for DI College 2018-2019 Season

By Dolli Player, September 18, 2018, The Daily Universe.

McFadyen - Kick Conversion vs ASU

Provo, UT - The BYU women’s rugby program has brought home many wins for the university while consistently flying under the radar.

The program has existed for 18 years after being founded by a student in the year 2000. In those 18 years, the team has grown from a group of 12 girls to a team of over 40 and is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Head Coach Tom Waqa took over the team in 2004 when the organization was still recognized as the Women’s Cougar Rugby Club. After coaching the unofficial team for 11 years, Waqa was chosen as the official coach of the women’s team when the school gave it extramural status in 2015.

The team prides itself on taking girls with little-to-no rugby experience and crafting them into elite, nationally recognized players. Recognizable names include six-time All-American and member of the USA national team Jordan Gray, former World Rugby 7’s team member Rebekah Siebach, and former national team member and current coaching assistant Rebekah Hebdon.

“I grew up playing different sports and found out that I could incorporate them all into rugby, and it ended up being my favorite (sport),” Hebdon said.

Stories like Hebdon’s are common, with most of the past and present players coming to the team with a background in sports like soccer, softball and track.

“My favorite moment of last season was seeing the new girls who just played one semester playing a game in the DI Elite semifinals,” Waqa said. “For new girls to come in and pick up the game after just two months and play at the highest level is very encouraging for the program.”

Fall 2018 Rugby Tryouts & Schedule Announced

FALl 2018 Tryouts - BYU Women's Rugby

Friday August 17, 2018 - Communications/Rugby News Editor

Provo, UT - BYU Women's Rugby Officials are getting ready for another college rugby season, which starts this Fall 2018 and ends in Spring 2019. Coach Tom Waqa will have a lot of young players on the roster after graduating 6 members of the team last Spring 2018, coupled by more players choosing to serve a Church mission.

There will be rugby tryouts, open to the BYU women student body, which will be on Wednesday, and Friday September 5 & 7, 2018 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm MT, at Helaman Rec Field, 1600 N Canyon Rd, Provo, UT 84604.

BYU Women will be begin the new season campaign at Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on September 22, 2018. The full schedule is posted on our website link:










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BYU Advances to DI Elite Semifinal

Janette Taufa, BYU Women's Rugby 2018

Fullerton CA - Cougar Rugby News - Tuesday May 1, 2018

Women's D1 Elite/D1: April 20 - 22, 2018

The women's top tier of collegiate rugby has a rather unusual structure. D1 Elite and D1 compete against each other in the Round of 16 and quarterfinals and do not get separated until the results of the quarter finals. The winners of the quarter finals advance to the D1 Elite Semifinals while the losers compete against each other in the D1 semifinals.

The first quarterfinal was between Penn State against Virginia, Penn State advanced after beating JMU, and Virginia earned their place by putting North Carolina away. In what was the closest of the semis, Penn State advanced shutting Virginia out 57-0.

The second quarterfinal was between Life and UCF. Life advanced via disposing of Pitt and UCF had to get by Virginia Tech to book their spot in the quarters. Life took care of business, notching up triple digits in the process. The final score was 100-0.

The third saw BYU come up against UC Davis. BYU had prevailed against Arizona State the day before, while UC Davis put away Grand Canyon to book their spot in the next round. It was another one-sided affair as BYU showed their class and advanced to the D1 Elite semis courtesy of a 92-0 score line.

The final game to determine who would be placed in the Elite bracket and who would be in D1's bracket came down to Lindenwood and Chico State. Lindenwood saw off Stanford, while Chico State pushed their way through UC Santa Barbra to advance. The match went to Lindenwood in a 71-0 affair.

USA Rugby has released the semifinal match-ups and kickoff times (PDT) for the college championships occurring at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium, California.

BYU to Host Women's College Rugby Sweet 16 Pool

BYU Women's Rugby Spring 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - Cougar Rugby News

Provo, UT - In previous years dating back to 2008, the BYU Women's Rugby team travelled across the country to compete in USA Rugby's Women's Collegiate National events. For the first time in history, the Cougars are coming home to South Field Stadium , BYU Campus to host a DI West Coast Pool that includes DI Elite #4 BYU, the reigning Women's College DI Champion in UC Davis, up and comer and Gold Coast Conference #1 seed Grand Canyon University, and Gold Coast Conference #3 seed Arizona State University.

Come and support BYU, Arizona State, UC Davis and Grand Canyon University at the USA Rugby Women's Collegiate DI/DI Elite Rugby Nationals Sweet 16 West Coast Regional Pool hosted by BYU on South Field Stadium, Friday-Saturday April 20-21, 2018. Don't miss out on the game of the Cougars and the battle of the Northwest and Southwest, when UC Davis takes on Grand Canyon on Friday.

Friday Schedule: April 20, 2018
Game 1 - 11:00am MDT Brigham Young University (DI Elite #4) vs Arizona State University (Gold Coast 3)

Game 2 - 2:00pm MDT Grand Canyon University (Gold Coast 1) vs University of California - Davis (PRMC 2)

Saturday Schedule: April 21, 2018

Game 3: 11:00am MDT - Consolation game

Game 4: 2:00pm MDT - Quarterfinal (Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2)

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Grace Taito Nominated for Sorensen CPY Award

Grace Taito, BYU Women's Rugby 2017-2018

Saturday March 30, 2018 -  By FloRugby News, Alex Goff, creator of the Sorensen and Scholz Players of the Year Award, presented by the Washington Athletic Club.

Seattle, WA - A panel of coaches, administrators, and media members have selected the nominees for the 2017-18 MA Sorensen Award.

MA Sorensen was a trailblazing prop in American college rugby and World Cup winner, and she lends her name to the award for the best women's D1 college player of the season.

This award, first given out in the 2015-16 season, is sponsored by the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle. Hope Rogers of Penn State won in 2016, and Ilona Maher of Quinnipiac won in 2017. Maher is nominated again this year.

Fans are asked to help narrow this down to four finalists. To vote, go to this link -

College programs can also participate in a special vote (one vote per college team) here.

2017-18 Sorensen Award Nominees:

Danielle Ordway: Center, Davenport - A brilliant breakaway runner who has led Davenport to multiple major titles.

McKenzie Hawkins: Center, Lindenwood - A repeat nominee, Hawkins has helped Lindenwood to a national 7s championship and made the Lions one of the best teams in the nation.

Kaitlyn Broughton: Center, Life - A strong defender and attacker, Broughton is part of a dangerous Life Running Eagles backline.

Tess Feury: Fullback, Penn State - Multi-skilled, Feury has been capped by the USA and can play fullback or flyhalf.

BYU Holds Off UNM

Saturday February 24, 2018 - 1pm MST - Cougar Rugby News

Provo, UT - BYU visited UNM Lobos Saturday at Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque NM. The sun was up, but with freezing temparature below 30 degrees farenheit, and a strong gust wind - it was no easy feat for both teams.

BYU Cougars started off with some early possession with the forwards trying to establish themselves. Cougars moved the ball out wide, and put Maya Wood in the corner, only to be called back for a forward pass. BYU did not let off from that early mistake, and attacked the defense with determination. Wood again scored by conversion by Kai Ah Quinn sailed wide.

With good ball from the forwards, the backs put Alisa Baker in the clear with a try under the post. Ah Quinn converts.

Ah Quinn featured in the next piece of play when she chip kicks over the defense and regathers the ball to score under the post. She converted own try to make it 19 - 0.

UNM attacked from that point and went all the way to BYU 5m line. As the pressure mounted, BYU had trouble violating the offside line, but the defense held on with some terrific tackling. UNM held onto the ball - phase after phase, but found themselves marching backwards, and minutes later, they were back on their own UNM 22m line, still holding onto possession. The Cougars defense stood strong from that point onwards.

BYU took over from there with a try scoring spree to Ruby Shreeve, Elle peterson (2), Grace Taito. BYU enjoyed the half time lead of 43 - 0.

BYU didn't let up from that point in the game. BYU added more points through tries to #9 Brooklyn Grange, #11 Maya Wood, Alisa Baker again, Elle Peterson with wing substitute Emily McFadyen, coming in for Maya Wood, taking over kick conversion duties.