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Provo, Utah—The Varsity Cup announced today that Central Washington University (CWU) has been selected to participate in the 2013 Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship.
CWU comes into the Varsity Cup after the forced departure of the University of Utah following a recent administrative suspension of the Utah rugby program.
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The Wildcats immediately join the Varsity Cup this postseason with an on-going participation commitment through the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
As an NCAA member institution Central Washington University is led by current head coach Tony Pacheco, who concurrently serves as the USA Rugby Collegiate All American 7’s head coach.
CWU boasts an 8-0 regular season record in 2012-13 and a #7 national ranking in RUGBYMag.com’s all-division rankings.
The Wildcats also field one of the country’s top 7s squads with CWU being 2011 USA Rugby Collegiate 7s Runners-Up and a spate of recent 7s rugby tournaments victories over the last year, including an appearance in February’s acclaimed USA Sevens Las Vegas Invitational where CWU advanced to the Cup Championship only to fall to a strong University of Victoria 7s team.
CWU’s Director of Rugby Bob Ford says the invitation to join the Varsity Cup Championship was an opportunity his program couldn’t afford to pass up.
“The competition structure is something that will provide consistency to our program,” Ford said,”And will provide our players with access to a high level of rugby on a regular basis. This is an opportunity we did not see on our immediate horizon and one that required careful consideration in a compressed timeline. We look forward to the competition the Varsity Cup provides and are excited about promoting the growth of rugby.”
The decision to invite the CWU Wildcats into the inaugural Varsity Cup came after timely but careful consideration with the participating Varsity Cup universities’ administrators and coaching staffs.
“We had significant interest from a number of programs,” said BYU’s David Smyth, “In the end, all of the Varsity Cup universities were unanimous that inviting Central Washington was the best course. We’re pleased to have a team of the caliber of the Wildcats join the Varsity Cup Championship.”
CWU will slot into the vacated #4 seed and meet the Air Force Academy in the Western Super-Regional hosted on the campus of UCLA.
Kick-off for the AFA vs. CWU match is set for 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.
The inclusion of CWU doesn’t affect the Eastern Super-Regional as 2011 National Collegiate Rugby Champion California takes on Notre Dame and Navy meets 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.
April 4, 2013
After careful consideration Central Washington University has notified USA Rugby that they will decline their right to a post season challenge match on April 20th at the #2 California Seed. The Wildcats will continue to meet their regular season obligations for the 2012-13 season by hosting St. Mary’s College of California and Cal Poly on April 6th and 13th respectively.
CWU Men’s Rugby defeats University of Northern Colorado 71-0 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado. The Wildcats fought hard to overcome extreme weather conditions that required the field to be cleared by tractors prior to kickoff. Central was lead by man of the match Alex Reher who controlled the tempo of the match from the Flyhalf position. Reher also lead the Wildcat kicking efforts converting 4 of 5 attempts in the 1st half and 1 of 3 in the second while also running in a try of his own to account for 15 of the Wildcats 71 points. Central was also able to dictate the terms of contact and dominated set piece options putting the Wildcats on their front foot.
Central played without starting lock Sean Wanigasekera who was unavailable for the weekend and tight head prop Korbin Lindell who was attending the U-20 National team camp in Las Vegas…
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RENO, Nev.-Central Washington Bowling completed a long time goal this weekend. They won their first tournament in program history during the Reno Collegiate Open this weekend. They had a set high of 1156. As of Feb. 3rd the Wildcats are ranked 51st in the nation and will get an added boost when the next set of rankings come out.
“It has been a lot of hardwork and dedication to get to this point,” Club President Breanne Mattson said, “winning this tournament will give us momentum heading into ITC Sectionals.”
Bowling has been a Central Washington University Collegiate Sport Club for 12 years and has made major strides in the club over the past few years. Last year they finished 88th in the nation, eight spots out of qualifying for sectionals.
Next up for the Wildcats is sectionals in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 9th. The Wildcats will look to qualify for nationals later this spring in Lincoln, Neb.
SANTA CLARA, Calif.-CWU Rugby sent a message up and down the West Coast on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats (2-0) beat the Broncos 61-5 in their Division 1-A opener. Tries were scored by Jacob Bates, Aladdin Schirmer, Josh Bower, Tanner Barnes, Doug McKinley, and Shleby Williams and Sean Wanigasekera led the team with four. CWU will continue being road warriors as they take on Sacramento State on Feb. 2nd in Sacramento.
More information can be found at the Ellensburg Daily Record
By JOSH PETRIE sports editor
Central Washington University has one of the premier collegiate men’s rugby programs in the nation, but it doesn’t fit in geographically with its peers. The closest worthy adversaries are in California and the Mountain time zone.
The Wildcats were a staple of the Division 1-A Pacific Conference, but with more California schools moving up came fewer willing to travel north. So CWU will go it alone this season, becoming the top flight’s only independent squad for the 2013 season.
“It wasn’t really our preference. We wanted to stay,” CWU head coach Tony Pacheco said. “As they added schools, some of those schools voiced they didn’t want to come to Ellensburg, basically. So I think to kind of appease the masses, we came up with a creative solution to play as an independent.”
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