Cal opens season with lopsided wins but inconsistent play

The Cal rugby team opened its season this weekend by winning the Dennis Storer Classic Pac-12 Tournament at UCLA for the seventh straight year, allowing just six points while posting 269 over four matches. “Passing grade,” coach Jack Clark said. “Nothing more, though.” Despite the eye-popping scores, the Bears were
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Remember His Name

Ten years ago, Mark Bingham helped bring down a hijacked flight. Today, his mother continues to preserve his memory.

The ease with which Alice Hoagland speaks about her son is not merely admirable but extraordinary. Almost 10 years removed from the day that saw her son rise as an American hero, the mother of Mark Bingham — the former Cal rugby player who helped bring down the hijacked United
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Cal, BYU to square off once again for national crown

Bears enter Saturday's title match as underdogs

The Cal rugby team has entered every contest this season as the heavy-handed favorite – until this weekend. The last time the Bears lost an official collegiate competition – excluding their defeat in a sevens tournament last year – was to BYU in the national title game two years ago,
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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.
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