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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/15/2017

University of Utah Has Withdrawn From Varsity Cup

Salt Lake City, UT:  After a careful and thorough evaluation, the University of Utah Men’s Rugby Club has determined that participation in the Varsity Cup postseason tournament is no longer a viable option for the program. 

Director of Rugby, Haloti Liava’a stated, “The universities in the Varsity Cup represent excellence on and off the field.  To be numbered among them has been an honor.  However, the present condition of collegiate rugby in the United States, including distribution of programs, competitive balance, and proximity to teams in our geographic region make pursuing other postseason options in the future congruent with our program’s direction.”

The University of Utah Rugby Club acknowledges the suboptimal timing of the decision, but expects this move to improve its financial position and reduce conflicts from heavy travel during final exam taking and preparation.