The BYU women's rugby program has existed for 18 years after being founded by a student in the year 2000. In those 18 years, the team has grown from a group of 12 girls to a team of over 40 and is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation.
BYU hosts 21 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) varsity athletic teams, but there are six extramural teams that have seen a lot of success over the years. Here's a list of six extramural teams sponsored by BYU and how long they have been around.
The BYU men’s rugby team won all but one game last season. That loss came by way of California Golden Bears during the 2015 Rugby National Championship match, where the cougars attempted to take home their fifth-straight title. With that game clearly in the rearview, the cougars held walk-on tryouts last week with hopes to reload for another shot at the title.
The BYU women's rugby team finished the season with a 7-2 overall record between their friendly matches and the USA Women's Rugby College Elite D-I playoffs. They also appeared in the National Championship game in their first season as an officially sanctioned BYU sport.
Although such a BYU-Alabama won't be happening this season, The Daily Universe is revisiting the lone time the Cougars did square up against the Crimson Tide, a contest that resulted in a narrow 38-31 BYU loss.