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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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My Way Home: Eakalafi Okusi paves his own road to, through and from Cal

The island of Tonga sits quietly on the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Hawaii and Tasmania. It’s nestled among other small archipelagos, yet maintains its own distinct character among the many other ocean-bound isles it calls neighbors. Today, it remains predominantly a land of tradition, slowly and cautiously exploring the merits
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Cal rugby overcomes Army, 41-29

The modern college rugby season can simply seem to be a prelude to the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship finals that is always predicted: Cal vs. BYU. But for about 60 minutes on Saturday, it looked like an at-home Army squad was ready to rewrite the story everyone was
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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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Cal rugby routs Longhorns, 138-0, defeats Santa Clara, 73-3

When the Cal rugby team scores at home, someone is tasked with playing a little music over the loudspeakers, just for 30 seconds or so. When the Bears score 138 points like they did Saturday against Texas in the opening round of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championships, that
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Cal rugby prepares to battle Stanford for Scrum Axe

What does it mean to the Cal rugby team to face off against its school’s archrival in the “The Big Scrum” on Wednesday? Do the players find extra significance within their practice regimen in preparation to continue the feud with the hated Stanford Cardinal across the bay? How much more
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