Great expectations

Lucas Dunne was one of the top running backs in the history of De La Salle football. Now, he's trying to make his name on the rugby pitch.

De La Salle is a football powerhouse. A nationwide name in high school football, the small private school in Concord, Calif., has put out names such as Amani Toomer, D.J. Williams and Maurice Jones-Drew. Yet despite the Pro Bowl appearances and NFL accolades of his predecessors, Lucas Dunne’s name is
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Cal Poly snaps Bears’ 63-game win streak

With the Cal rugby team going into 2012 as young and inexperienced as it had been in recent memory, many expected that its win streak — which had grown to 63 games — would come to an end. But no one thought it would end against Cal Poly. The Bears
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Reserves to get chance to earn starting spot

Winning all the time can’t be as easy as the Cal rugby team makes it seem. On Saturday, the Bears will head down to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to take on Cal Poly  in a match that might as well already be over. All the squad has to do is
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Bears overcome late deficit to take first leg of World Cup

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Senior Alex Aronson found himself in an unfamiliar spot on Saturday afternoon. For the first time in his career as a Cal rugger, the flyhalf was asked to step up and kick a go-ahead conversion. With the Bears trailing 11-12 to British Columbia following a try
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Bears to finally be tested as they host World Cup

The Cal rugby team has cruised to a 9-0 record in 2012, outscoring its opponents 650-23 in matches that were pretty much decided before they even began. But the Bears are about to face one of their toughest tests of the last couple years, putting their 62-game winning streak on
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Cal takes care of business in two triumphs in desert

It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t flawless, but the Cal rugby team managed to stay undefeated on its first out-of-state road trip of the season. “We had patches when we played pretty well, but we made it hard on ourselves,” coach Jack Clark said. “We didn’t perform as well as
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Bears head into the desert in search of defense

Usually if a team shuts out almost half of its opponents, it’s going to be pretty happy with how its defense has played. But apparently sometimes that benchmark means that the defense needs significant work. The Cal rugby team will look to shore up its defense as it takes a
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Cal rugby reserves exterminate Hornets

Follwing a 109-0 win over Stanford by the top side, the Cal rugby reserves took down Sacramento State 48-3 in the Kickoff Tournament in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The Bears (7-0) came out quickly in the first half, jumping to a 31-0 lead at the break. Things started to bog down
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Bears hit century mark, shut out Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. — In the closing moments before halftime, Cal rugger Brad Harrington took a pass and sprinted for the try zone, dragging multiple Stanford defenders along the way. One eventually got a hold of the junior’s shorts, pulling them down and tripping him up — eliciting laughs and jeers
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Cal looks to defend Scrum Axe from improving Stanford squad

Fifteen years ago, the Cal rugby team took back the Scrum Axe and coach Jack Clark proclaimed, “Stanford is never getting it back.” While that prediction has looked pretty valid for the past decade and a half, ensuring that Clark’s words hold true for another 15 years might not be
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