Move Forward

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

Blaine Scully of the Cal Rugby team poses for a photo inside the High Performance Center.
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Blaine Scully of the Cal Rugby team poses for a photo inside the High Performance Center.

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 Read More…

Blaine Scully has earned four international caps in his young career. Scully helped the Cal rugby team win its 26th national title in May.

Former Cal ruggers to play in World Cup

The Cal rugby team has quite a reputation in the United States, having won a staggering 26 national championships in program history, including the 2011 title. With the opening of the Rugby World Cup on Sept. 11, the Cal name reaches the international stage. More than any university or even Read More…

Drafting an All-Cal starting five

It’s NBA Draft time, folks — that magical time of year when teams, after much deliberation, dramatically add some (very expensive) pieces to their roster puzzles. The event brought up this fun exercise: which Cal athletes would make for a killer starting five on the hardwood? The only rules are Read More…

Utah upends Bears in sevens tourney quarterfinal

The Cal rugby team has every other squad’s number for the past two years — except Utah in seven-a-side play. The Bears manhandled the Utes in the national semifinals three weeks ago in the standard 15-a-side competition, 62-14. But for the last two years, Utah has ended Cal’s season in Read More…

Sevens tourney offers change of pace to end 2011

The Cal rugby team may have won the national championship two weeks ago, but its season isn’t over. The Bears return to action this weekend in 2011 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship in PPL Park in Philadelphia, Penn. Coach Jack Clark’s squad will open pool play against Ohio State at Read More…

Christina Jones

Champion squad doesn’t just talk the talk

Covering the Cal rugby team this year, I’ve learned a lot of terminology — however incompletely. I finally grasped the difference between a ruck and a scrum, even though I still can’t explain either term particularly well and always fall back on hand gestures to convey the meaning. While I Read More…

Flyhalf James Bailes and his fellow seniors capped their Cal careers with an undefeated campaign despite a trying season.

Bears barrel through obstacles, finish with 26th title

One of the Cal rugby team’s mottos is, “Ask for nothing, grateful for everything.” Never did the mantra carry more weight than in 2011. Early in the season, it seemed everything was being taken away from the team. The Bears could not host home games on Witter Rugby Field, would Read More…

Cal fullback Blaine Scully does his best to gain extra ground against BYU’s physical defense. Scully broke off solid runs, despite not scoring a try on Saturday.

CAL OUTLASTS BYU TO CAPTURE PROGRAM’S 26TH TITLE

Late defensive stops help seal Cal’s victory over the Cougars

Cal rugby has faced some formidable obstacles off the field this season — the Bears battled for reinstatement, traveled for every game, and had just half a field for practice. But on Saturday evening in Sandy, Utah, the most challenging opponent stood on the pitch in the form of a Read More…

Senior wing Blaine Scully scored two tries against Utah to help advance Cal.

Bears run by Utes, into national final

For many Cal students, Saturday marked the end of their collegiate careers as they participated in commencement activities in Berkeley. Meanwhile in Glendale, Colo., the seniors of the Cal rugby team extended their playing careers by one more game with a 62-14 drubbing of Utah in the national semifinal match. Read More…