Provo, UT— The Varsity Cup today confirmed an earlier RUGBYMag.com report that the University of Texas will join The Varsity Cup beginning with the spring 2014 postseason championship.
Texas recently announced its departure from the Allied Rugby Conference after the Longhorns reached the ARC Championship match before falling to Texas A&M and finishing with a 4-1 ARC record.
Joining the Varsity Cup is an exciting step forward for Texas says Longhorns coach Chris Hopps.
"Texas is thrilled to join the Varsity Cup," Hopps said, 'This is an exciting and important time in college Rugby. The direction and focus of the Varsity Cup aligns with the path set forth by the leadership here at Texas. We have an immense amount of work to do as a team and as a program and we look forward to meeting the challenge."
The Longhorns are set to join the Varsity Cup having agreed to a participation commitment for the 2014 and 2015 post seasons. The decision to support Texas’ entry into the Varsity Cup came with the unanimous backing of the Varsity Cup universities.
BYU rugby coach David Smyth commented, “Adding a notable university such as Texas signals the Varsity Cup’s intention to become the premier rugby competition in America. We look forward to seeing the Longhorns in the Varsity Cup in the coming seasons.” Smyth continued, “At the beginning of this endeavor we set out with a long term strategy to not only grow the game, but also to give American collegiate rugby the vehicle it deserved to ensure that the game, the teams and the players have the platform needed to be the best that they can be. In all likelihood we will continue to expand.”
The Varsity Cup kicks off this weekend with two Super-Regional rounds of quarterfinal matches.
One Super-Regional takes place at UCLA with the three-time past National Collegiate Champion Air Force Academy taking on Central Washington at 2pm PT on Saturday, April 20th. Meanwhile the hosts will take on 2012 National Collegiate Rugby Champion BYU in the Varsity Cup Western Super-Regional concluding match at 4pm PT.
Both Western Super-Regional matches are slated to be played at UCLA’s picturesque North Athletic Field Stadium.
The Eastern Super-Regional starts with 2011 National Collegiate Rugby Champion California takes on Notre Dame and Navy meeting two-time College Rugby 7’s Champions Dartmouth.
Both Eastern Super-Regional matches are also scheduled for April 20th and are set to be played at 1.30pm ET and 3.30pm ET respectively inside the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.