Cal rugby rises to occasion during championship season

If you had simply glanced at the Cal rugby team’s final box score of the season — a double digit win over BYU in the Varsity Cup National Championship game — you’d think it was a return of the Jack Clark rugby seasons of old: the Bears coasting through the
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Cal rugby wins national championship over BYU, 40-29

The BYU Cougars huddled just before kick-off of the Varsity Cup National Championship game. They turned and looked across the field at the underdog Cal rugby team. They performed their Haka dance — bulging their eyes, brandishing twisted tongues and screaming with the confidence of a team that has won
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Cal rugby to battle BYU for national championship

Routine is easy. Routine is predictable and not mentally straining. Routine makes life a lot less stressful, especially for a college undergraduate who’s looking ahead at looming finals, graduation and the life beyond. For years now, the Cal rugby team (19-2) has followed the same annual routine: Dominate the regular
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Cal rugby set to take on Central Washington

Two years ago, Cal rugby found itself at home in the semifinals of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship, needing a win over Central Washington to move into the finals against rival BYU. The Wildcats looked like boys playing against men in a 58-14 loss to Cal. The Bears
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Heart of Mine: How John Spradling found life after rugby

On a beautiful day in Montevideo, Uruguay, John Spradling is on the couch, hanging out with his older brother Peter while their parents are out of the country. THUMP — THUMP, THUMP. Suddenly, John feels something in his chest. THUMP. John asks for Peter to check his heartbeat, and Peter
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