Late-season injuries mar Cal rugby

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Then-No. 1 Cal rugby marched steadily through the first 16 games of the regular season, relentlessly and efficiently tearing apart its opposition each week. At that point, there seemed to be nothing standing in the way of the Bears punching yet another ticket to the national championship game. Through the Read More…

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Cal rugby repeats as CRC 7s champions

Seamus Kelly sat on his teammates’ shoulders as he hoisted the Pete Dawkins Trophy in his final match with the Blue and Gold. After a disappointing regular season and a grueling three-day tournament, the Bears won their second consecutive CRC Sevens title in a 24-21 shootout against an upstart Kutztown Read More…

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Cal rugby seeks redemption at CRC 7s

The 2013 season ended with a disappointing loss in the Varsity Cup for Cal Rugby. But the Bears did not allow that late-season blunder to discourage them. About a month later, Cal went to Philadelphia to take on the Collegiate Rugby Championship Sevens, and, with a 19-14 victory over Life Read More…

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Depth spells promise for Cal rugby after Varsity Cup loss

Alex Bowman dove across the endline and into the try zone in the final seconds of the Varsity Cup National Championship match. The score, however, would prove fruitless, as the BYU rugby team defeated the Bears for the second consecutive season by a score of 43-33. For any other program Read More…

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After losing Varsity Cup, Cal rugby looks to future

Cal rugby was the underdog. The competition — Brigham Young University — was bigger, older and more experienced, but only 80 minutes on the field would determine which team was better. Cal sailed through both the quarters and the semis of the Varsity Cup, but the final would be a Read More…

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Cal rugby faces BYU in Varsity Cup National Championship

The ball sailed through the air as the final seconds of the 2013 Varsity Cup National Championship match ticked away. The kick split through the post and brought the Bears to their collective knees. BYU beat Cal in a 27-24 nailbiter in Provo, Utah. The 2014 stage is set for Read More…

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Despite losses, Cal rugby has potential for title

Cal men’s rugby is, and always has been, one of the most successful athletic programs at Cal. But with this success come great expectations. A win for this team is often not enough — the Bears have to demolish their opposition in order to truly succeed. A loss, on the Read More…

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Cal rugby knocks off CWU to advance to Varsity Cup finals

In the final minute, the Bears stole the ball on their own try line, and with a wide-open field, Alec Gletzer fired over the line. With the try and the final whistle, Cal men’s rugby made it to the finals of the Varsity Cup National Championships. Cal rugby (18-2, 5-0 Read More…

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Cal rugby hosts Central Washington in Varsity Cup semifinals

Just one week after muzzling the Bruins, 41-0, in Los Angeles, the No. 4 Cal rugby team (17-2) will return to Witter Rugby Field to take on an unfamiliar foe in No. 8 Central Washington (14-0) in the Varsity Cup semifinals Saturday. The Bears look like they have finally returned to Read More…