April 13, 2014
The Navy men's rugby team will once again host the Eastern Super Regional of the Varsity Cup Rugby Championship this Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Defending Varsity Cup National Collegiate Champion and third-ranked BYU will take on Dartmouth at 1:30 PM. Dartmouth advanced to the Super Regional with a 59-24 victory over Clemson.
Sixth-ranked Navy will take on Texas, 55-33 winners over Notre Dame in the first round, at 3:30 PM.
Tickets for the Eastern Super Regional are $10 for adults and $5 for youth under 18. There is also a $5 charge for parking at the stadium. Tickets will be on sale day of the match at the stadium box office, which is located in the North End Zone of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Stadium gates open at 12:30 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live at: http://new.livestream.com/navy/channel1
After a hugely successful first season, the Varsity Cup Rugby Championship returns for a second season of action. Hoping to grow American Rugby by harnessing the strongest collegiate talent, the Varsity Cup brings together the best university programs in the country for a single elimination, post-season national championship.
Last year's inaugural campaign featured eight seeded teams, competing over three weeks, culminating in a matchup between perennial rivals, California and BYU. BYU's victory over Cal was named RugbyMag.com's College Game of the Year.
Entering its second year, the Varsity Cup has expanded to 12 teams, adding Texas, Oklahoma, Utah and Clemson to the original eight. With the expansion to 12 universities, this year's competition adds an additional round of play.
The tournament will play out over four consecutive weekends culminating on May 3rd in the Cup Final at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah home to Major League Soccer franchise Real Salt Lake. The final will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network.
The Varsity Cup is the third partnership between United World Sports and NBC Sports, along with the USA Sevens International Tournament in Las Vegas and the Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia.
Teams have been divided up into four pools with the top team in each pool receiving a first round bye. Widely considered the two strongest teams in the nation, BYU and Cal were given the number one and number two seeds, respectively. In addition to Cal and BYU, Navy and Central Washington, both first round winners in 2013, earned the first weekend off.
The semi-finals will take place on April 26th at the venue of the two highest remaining seeds.
Following three weeks of premier college rugby competitions, the finals will be aired live on the NBC Sports Network on May 3rd at 4PM Eastern Standard Time. It will be a culmination of four weeks of the best university rugby programs battling to be crowned the 2014 Collegiate 15s National Champion.
About the Varsity Cup
The Varsity Cup is America's top collegiate postseason championship. The mission of the Varsity Cup is to grow American rugby by harnessing the collective strength of collegiate rugby and collegiate sport in general. The Varsity Cup features 12 of the most recognized and accomplished collegiate rugby programs in the country vying for the right to be named the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Champion.
The 12 Varsity Cup teams are the U.S. Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, University of California, Clemson University, Central Washington University, Dartmouth College, U.S. Naval Academy, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas, the University of California - Los Angeles and University of Utah. In the 33 years of the collegiate rugby championship play 31 of the collegiate national champions have come from one of the 12 Varsity Cup teams. In total, a Varsity Cup program has played for the collegiate title in every year of the championship's existence except for 1984.
The Varsity Cup programs also boast hundreds of Collegiate All Americans and scores of USA National Team members making the Varsity Cup a veritable proving ground of American rugby. With the country's best high-performance training facilities, state of the art match venues and strong coaching experience, the Varsity Cup programs set the standard for elite player development in America.
BYU won the 2013 Varsity Cup National Championship in dramatic fashion with a last-second drop goal to beat California 27-24 in front of a packed South Field Stadium.