Cal style, amidst flux: Rugby still finding its identity

After a 34-month hiatus away from its home field, the Cal rugby team welcomed its fans back to Strawberry Canyon on Saturday with a 174-0 thrashing of Stanford, the largest victory in program history. After the match, head coach Jack Clark summarized his team’s performance with the understatement of the
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176-0: Cal slaughters Stanford

If you browse through the Cal rugby record books, you’ll find a couple of games each season in which the Bears take down their opponent by a lopsided score. In the last five years, Cal has put up 100 points in 10 different matches, including a 152-0 win over Humboldt
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Shutout history on Cal’s side against Stanford

For the last 17 years, the Scrum Axe has remained in the Doc Hudson Memorial Fieldhouse adjacent to Witter Rugby Field, a perpetual reminder of Cal’s reign as king of Bay Area rugby. Only twice in the last decade of matchups has Stanford put up more than seven points on
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Cal routs opponents in All-Cal Tournament

Despite outscoring his four Californian opponents 165-7 at Los Angeles, Cal rugby head coach Jack Clark summed up last weekend as “pretty good” with improvements needed across the board. The results and numbers at the All-Cal Tournament were insignificant to Clark. As the opening chapter of the 15s season this
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Cal falls short in last 7s tourney

For about eight hours last Friday, the Cal rugby team played like the title favorites as advertised before the USA Rugby College 7s Championships. In the 9 a.m. contest against Middlebury, the Bears thwarted the Blue, 29-0. Four hours later, Cal defeated North Carolina State, 26-12. Heading into its 5
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Battered Bears head to Texas for 7s tourney

When the Cal rugby team was invited to participate in the USA Rugby College 7s Championships, head coach Jack Clark was primarily concerned  with whether the tournament overlapped with the players’ academic calendars. Now that classes end this week, Clark gave his team the green light to travel to College
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Blaine Scully of the Cal Rugby team poses for a photo inside the High Performance Center.

Move Forward

Overcoming hardship is in Blaine Scully’s blood. The former Cal rugger turned an injury into an opportunity to advise the Bears.

In the face of adversity, the best response is to pull it together and focus on the next most important thing. That’s a lesson that the Cal rugby program aims to instill in all those who don the blue and gold. But for Blaine Scully, who capped off his college
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Cal Men's Rugby vs UBC

Cal waits amid major changes to college rugby

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series explaining what postseason path lies ahead for the Cal rugby team. A month before the regular season even started, Cal knew it would not be able to defend its 2011 national championship. The team, unhappy with the postseason scheduling, had
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What’s next for Cal?

Bears will not defend their national championship but will still seek 7s title

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series explaining what postseason path lies ahead for the Cal rugby team. Following Cal’s 20-18 loss to Saint Mary’s on Sunday, the Bears now have to wait a month and a half for the Collegiate Rugby Championship, a national 7s tournament,
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