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California Varsity Rugby spans 130 years, during which time the Golden Bears, a non-scholarship team, have developed many of the finest players the sport has to offer.

Cal’s history includes 121 All-Americans, scores of players with hundreds of appearances with the U.S. National Team in 15s and 7s, six USA Olympians, five players who have earned their “Blues” at Oxford University and two former players with current USOC residency contracts, Colin Hawley and Blaine Scully, who compete for the U.S. on the IRB 7s World Series circuit.

When the U.S. team brought home gold medals in rugby from both the 1920 and 1924 Olympic Games, Cal students Charlie Tilden, Matt Hazeltine, Red Meigan, George Dixon, C. “Babe” Slater and Ed “Mush” Graff were among the Americans who stunned their European opponents and audiences with their “aggressive tackling and superb punting” according to a French newspaper of the day.

The Bears’ success under head coach Jack Clark, who took the helm in 1984 as only the sixth coach in program history, has included 22 national titles, an impressive combined record of 33-1 against rugby powerhouses Army, Navy and Air Force; domination in the time-honored “World Cup” series vs. University of British Columbia; a domestic winning streak of 98 games from 1990-96 and a 70-game tear that lasted until 2003; a winning streak over U.S. collegiate competition that lasted 115 matches between April 2004 and May 2009; and a winning streak in 15s of 53 matches entering the 2012 campaign.

The Bears went 5-1 and advanced to the CRC final in 2010, then went 3-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals in 2011. Cal’s all-time record in Rugby Sevens stands at 11-5 (.687).

Roster

TOURNAMENT/
JERSEY NUMBER
SURNAMEFIRST NAMESPOSITION
1GletzerAlecPlayer
2OkusiEakalafiPlayer
3KondratJamesPlayer
4BattagliaAndrewPlayer
5AndersonJakePlayer
6HonensMilesPlayer
7BoyerNickPlayer
8SalaberAnthonyPlayer
9BoscoPaulPlayer
10BarrientesPatrickPlayer
11AdolphusHarryPlayer
12MilneJessePlayer
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