Women's College DI Elite Championships to air live on Rugby Channel

BYU Send Off! Admins & Cosmo

Moraga, California - The first Women's D1 Elite Final will see a familiar name in Penn State University who plays Brigham Young University at 1 p.m. PT. The Nittany Lions are coming off a D1 National Championships in 15s and sevens in 2015, while the Cougars' season received a boost in the fall with the institution recognizing the women's program as an extramural club team.

All five matches at the 2016 USA Rugby College 15s National Championships will be broadcast live on The Rugby Channel.

BYU over Dixie State in Last Home Game

Seniors after last game at BYU. Nalia, Amber, Nicole, Jessie, Erica, Jordan, Kaitlyn

Saturday April 9, 2016 -02:00pm MTN - By Emma Stewart

The Cougars took the field for one last time this past Saturday before they head off to Ellensburg Washington, to face Stanford. This marked the last home game for the senior players (Jennie Lewis, Nicole McCullough, Jordan Gray, Nalia Tafua, Amber Netane, Jessie Beck, Erica Allen, and Kaitlyn Evans) so the Cougars were looking for a good game against the new Dixie State team from St. George to round out the season.

The game started off with the Cougars on the attack. The BYU team started the scoring off with great run by Lindsay Sheridan. The Cougars found the try zone again in the first half through Nalia Tafua, Rebekah Hebdon, Jordan Gray, Analise Arnold, and Amber Netane all finding the try zone through good offense on behalf of BYU. The first half ended with the Cougars up 60-0 over Dixie State.

In the second half, Dixie came out with new resolve and held off the Cougars for the beginning of the second half. Many penalties and good defense by both teams kept scoring low in the second half. However, the Cougars fought their way into the try zone through Mack Olsen, and Kaitlyn Evans, with both Jessie Beck and Ali Smith taking the conversion kicks. The Cougars continued to hold off the new Dixie team and the game ended with the score being 97-0 to the Cougars.

With a win in the bag, the Cougars will head to Ellensburg next weekend to take on Stanford in the quarter finals for the USA Rugby D1 Elite National Tournament. If they make it past the Stanford side, the BYU Women will face the Central Wildcats for the second time this semester in the National Championship qualifying game.

CWU in narrow win over BYU

BYU huddle - CWU game 03-23-16

Wednesday, March 23 2016 - By Alex Solomon

PROVO, Utah – Central Washington Women's Rugby continued its unbeaten season when it traveled to Utah Wednesday and upended Brigham Young University, 12-7. The win moves the Wildcats to 10-0 in 15s, while the Cougars showed immense improvement from their October visit to Ellensburg, Wash., when BYU lost, 40-17.


Playing on the road as opposed to home made things tougher on the Wildcats, but the 2015 National Runners-up in both 15s and sevens had also been spending most of 2016 focusing on sevens, and their March 19 warm up against University of British Columbia was canceled. In the other corner, the Cougars had already tallied five 15s matches in 2016, winning each, including a 26-14 victory over Canada’s University of Lethbridge.


Suffocating defensive-line integrity and gritty tackling highlighted the first 40 minutes, which produced zero points between the two D1 elite sides. Central Washington is employing a new defensive scheme, but a hard-nose mentality is what really drove the Wildcats' bone-crunching effort on defense.


“They had big runners and we had big tacklers,” said Central Washington center Nate Serevi. “BYU came in hard and contested every ruck hard. Everyone on the team had a role and committed to it. That’s what held us together on defense.”


All 15 starters and each used reserve were steadfast on that side of the ball for the Wildcats, but a few players were noticeably hungry on defense including center Meagan Curtis and scrum half Emma Leonard, as well as Yana Manoa and Rosa Pena – who both excelled stepping into new positions.


The Cougars took notice of Central Washington’s ability to match BYU’s physicality.


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.”

Cougars Rally Past SLC Vipers

BYU Women's Rugby - South field March 12

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - By Emma Stewart

Provo UT - On Saturday March 12, 2016 the BYU Women’s Rugby team took South Field against the Salt Lake City Vipers for their second official game on campus this year. Their fourth friendly this year, the Cougars are trying to get their game strategy down in preparation for the playoffs this spring and their upcoming games against #2 in the nation, Central Washington, and Canada's top ranked, University of Lethbridge next Saturday March 19th at Helaman Field BYU.

The game kicked off and immediately there were many great hits by both teams, but also quite a few knock ons and penalties by both sides. The Vipers’ defense was holding the Cougars at bay for almost twenty minutes shutting down the Cougars’ regular offense. However, Jessie Beck soon found a hole in the tight defense and scored the first try of the game, and also made the conversion. After more penalties and good defense on the part of the Vipers, Kainoa Ah Quin found the try zone. With another conversion by Jessie Beck, the score was brought to 14 – 0 to the Cougars. In the last couple minutes of the first half with a stolen lineout, the Vipers scored their only points of the match through their flyhalf, Tamasailau and with a missed conversion by Alex Brewster, the score was 14-5. The Cougars attacked again with just a couple minutes left of the half with good runs by both Jordan Gray and Lindsay Sheridan, but solid defense by the Vipers held them off, and the half ended with the Cougars ahead.

BYU Women Down Alumni Selection

Provo, UT - There was a very exciting; and emotionally charged atmosphere at South Field on BYU Campus, as the BYU Women's Rugby and the Alumnis prepared to play their first historic game ever on BYU soil.

It started off with 4-Time All American, and Current US WNT, no. 8, Jordan Gray's "grammy award calibre" and powerful rendition of the National Anthem of the USA.

The game was streamed live exclusively to players, former players, alumni's and parents from around the world via BYU Women's Rugby YouTube Channel.

BYU Women’s Rugby team became an extramural sport on October 8, 2015.

The current team has been practicing hard for the last two months, and looked for this game to be good preparation for their next game at Las Vegas Invitional, against Southern California (SoCal) club team at 12.40pm at Mar 4th, 2016 at Field 16, Silver Bowl Park, Las Vegas, Nevada. Several WNT All Starts were on site to lend a hand for the Alumnis. Rebekah Siebach, who has been with the US Women's National 7s Team, All Americans Monica Jackson, Meighan Stevens, Jnr All-American Leti Hingano, and BYU Women's first ever 2007 All American Chelsea Merrill Willes featured for the Alumnis.

Alumni Selection kicked the ball to the current BYU team to start this game that all enthusiast have been waiting for. After a couple of unforced errors, and good defense by the younger Cougars, Sia Skipps found the try zone between the posts only three minutes into the game.

The alumni warmed up to the game and it took the younger side a little longer for lock, Emily Briggs, to break through the defensive line and score again, making the score 14-0 after a conversion by Jessie Beck.

Homecoming for BYU Women at South Field

PROVO, UT - BYU Women's Rugby will open their Spring Encounter against an honored guest, the BYU Alumni Selection, at South Field Stadium, BYU.  Brigham Young University, welcomes women's rugby to South Field for this historic ocassion - the first ever Women's Rugby game on BYU soil. Women's Rugby became an official BYU Extramural Sport on October 8, 2015.

BYU Women's Rugby competes under the USA Rugby Women's College DI Elite Competition, with Central Washington, New Mexico, Stanford, Indiana, Life, Lindenwood and current reigning Champions Penn State.

Considered one of the toughest places for opponents to play in collegiate rugby, South Field consistently ranks among the top in attendance for men’s rugby. In the spring of 2009, the men’s rugby team defeated the University of Utah in front of a standing-room-only 3,953 fans, the largest crowd in BYU Rugby history.

Located just south of the Smith Fieldhouse, South Field boasts one of the best-maintained grass playing surfaces in the country. In fact, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team chose South Field as its practice field in preparation for the 2005 World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica and the IRB has chosen South Field to host the 2012 Junior World Trophy Championships.

South Stadium is also equipped with state-of-the-art field lights, making night games a favorite among fans. In addition, the Wasatch Mountains serve as a scenic backdrop for the dedicated fans.

BYU Women's Rugby Announce Spring 2016 Squad

BYU Women's Rugby Team Spring 2016

PROVO, UTAH (Jan. 11, 2015) —BYU Women's rugby head coach Tom Waqa announced his final Roster for the upcoming Spring 2016 Season.

Over 60 students showed up for tryouts from Jan 4th - Jan 9th. BYU had 29 returning players from 2015, and 11 new comers joining the 40 member squad for 2016.

"We had a great week last week during tryouts. Over 60 girls showed up to tryouts at the IPF," Waqa said "It was good to see the enthusiasm and interest in the game, even though many have never picked up a rugby ball, or seen a rugby game before. It was a good sight."
BYU Women's Team Spring 2016 (40 Players)
Ali Smith, Amber Ah Sue, Analise Arnold, Brooklyn Grange, Dominique Mossman, Emily Briggs, Eternity Tenney, Gabrielle Peterson, Grace Taito, Hillary Hironaka, Jennie Lewis, Jessie Beck, Jessica Peterson, Jordan Gray, Tina Grubb, Kai Ah Quinn, Kaitlyn Evans, Lindsay Sheridan, Maddy Nixon, Nalia Tafua, Rebekah Boaz hebdon, Sia Skipps, Alyssa Parco, Catherine Killian, Mack Olsen, Heidi Galster, Nani Aholelei, Briana Ranger, Brittany Smith, Erika R Nash, Noelle King, Alexa Tenney, Chayne Wolfe, Jacobie Petterson, Telisha Pantelakis, Anna Parker, Dolli Player, Fuatino Prince, Angelika Driscoll, Erica Allen
Team Leaders: Jordan Gray, Jessie Beck, Justina Grubb, Rebekah Boaz Hebdon
BYU Women's Rugby Squad 2016 in Uniform

Coaches Appointed for BYU Women's Rugby and Lacrosse

Tom Waqa

Media Contact: Emily Hellewell - BYU News -

Following the announcement earlier this month that Brigham Young University was adding Women's Lacrosse and Rugby to its extramural sports program, the coaches of these two teams have been named.

Nikki Dabrowski is the new Women's Lacrosse head coach. The Women's Rugby head coach is Tom Waqa.

"We are confident that the two newly hired head coaches will mentor, teach and develop our students at a very high level on and off the field," said Morris Havea, the BYU Extramural Sports program director.

Nikki Dabrowski
Women's Lacrosse Head Coach

Nikki Dabrowski has coached Liberty Club, Lone Peak High School and the Lone Peak Juniors teams in Utah County.

Collegiately, Dabrowski played for BYU Women's Lacrosse team. She was a captain her junior and senior years. Dabrowski helped the BYU team get to the WCLA National Tournament both her freshman and sophomore years and was awarded all-tournament defender her sophomore year along with MVP defender two years in a row.

Dabrowski began playing lacrosse in 9th grade in Highland, Utah. She played on Lone Peak High School's varsity team for three years, in the position as a captain for two years. During her junior year, Dabrowski helped her team take the state title. Her high school lacrosse accolades include second team all-state her junior year and playing on the all-star team her senior year.

Tom Waqa
Women's Rugby Head Coach