2020 schedule set for cats
Jon Rogers and the Wildcats are primed for another big season in Tucson (Photo credits: Travis Prior).
Dec 20- Arizona concluded the calendar year today with the announcement of their 2020 schedule set to start in January.
The Wildcats return much of last year's roster that set team scoring records in points per game on the way to their third national quarterfinal appearance in three years. Led by Bronson Teles, a strong Freshmen class, and having wrapped a strong preseason, the Wildcats hope to take the next step in their 51st season.
Arizona will kick off the fifth season in William David Sitton Field on January 25th, welcoming San Diego State to Tucson. A grueling February will make clear where the Wildcats stand, as they take on three nationally ranked sides, including #2 Cal. The 14th-ranked Wildcats then have a heavyweight clash with #8 BYU on the road to end the regular season. The challenging schedule is one that will test the team and give them an opportunity to make that next jump. "We don't run from competition. Our goal is to play the best. Our players want to test themselves, and we embrace that. This isn't about chasing trophies. It's about building a schedule that tests our players and provides them the most opportunity for growth" said Director of Rugby Sean Duffy.
Off the field, February 29 weekend presents a special one as the 51st Anniversary celebrations will take place, including the Dave Sitton Strong & Tough Golf Tournament and a PAC-12 showdown with Utah.
Arizona Second XV will also feature weekly, with typical match-ups on top of first-side clashes with Claremont Colleges, Utah State, and New Mexico Highlands. The importance of building depth and testing players with matches is a major piece of the Arizona culture. "We place a huge amount of value on player development, and playing these matches is huge. A lot of programs don't have two sides. We have as many as three in most years, and adding a lot of these matches allows us to test guys in different situations and gives us a peek at the future" said Duffy.
The Wildcats' preseason was one of its strongest in recent memory, splitting with Cal on their way to the Cup Final in both major Sevens tournaments, while their Fifteens work culminated in an 81-0 victory over Texas for their Freshmen and Sophomores.
Arizona will soon announce its television schedule, as national broadcasts under the league's new television contract are expected to be on the docket for the Wildcats. Tickets for matches are available day of the game, while season tickets are now on sale here.