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U. of California

  The Golden Bears, the oldest intercollegiate varsity sport team at the University of California, seek their fourth consecutive national title and 30th overall national championship in program history at the 2016 Collegiate Rugby Championship. The Bears began playing rugby in 1882 and had a total of 10 players on the gold-medal-winning USA teams at the last two Olympics to include rugby, 1920 and ‰’24. The 2016 Summer Olympics could feature the latest Cal rugby alumni on the USA Olympic team that will pursue a medal in Rio de Janeiro. Over its 134-year existence, Cal has developed many of the finest players the sport has to offer, including 131 All-Americans, 47 players who have made 689 combined appearances on the United States National 15s Team, and five players who have earned their ‰ÛÏBlues‰Û at Oxford University in addition to the program‰’s 10 Olympic gold medalists. The Bears‰’ success on the pitch is matched only by the success of Cal‰’s players as graduates in their professional and personal lives, providing the greatest source of pride for this non-scholarship program. Cal is staffed by head coach Jack Clark, at the helm since 1984, and associate head coach Tom Billups, who is completing his 17th year with the Blue and Gold. Clark and Billups are both former head coaches of the U.S. National Team and both are members of the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame. A participant in the CRC since its inception in 2010, when the Bears advanced to the championship final in Columbus, Ohio, Cal has compiled a 31-3 (.911) overall record at the event, with their 2013, ‰’14 and ‰’15 national titles preceded by a runner-up finish in 2010, a quarterfinal showing in 2011 and a bronze medal in 2012. With an all-time 7s record of 105-14 (.882), Cal enters the 2016 CRC following a perfect 7s campaign in the autumn of 2015, a 17-0 campaign that was capped by the Bears‰’ fourth straight PAC 7s crown in November. Cal‰’s entry into the 2016 CRC is preceded by a spring 15s schedule that ends with the national postseason at the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship.



2016 Schedule

DateLocationEventTeam 1ScoreTeam 2Score
Oct. 10West Coast 7'sGrand Canyon7Cal29
Oct. 10West Coast 7'sUC Davis14Cal29
Oct. 10West Coast 7'sASU0Cal53
Oct. 24Autumn 7sSanta Clara0Cal57
Oct. 24Autumn 7sClaremont10Cal28
Oct. 24Autumn 7sNevada0Cal43
Oct. 24Autumn 7sUC Davis7Cal26
Oct. 24Autumn 7sSF State5Cal47
Oct. 24Autumn 7sCal Poly0Cal31
Oct. 24Autumn 7sSF State0Cal43
Oct. 24Autumn 7sCal Poly7Cal36
Nov. 7PAC 7sStanford0Cal45
Nov. 7PAC 7sColorado0Cal55
Nov. 7PAC 7sUtah5Cal41
Nov. 7PAC 7sOregon State0Cal61
Nov. 8PAC 7sASU10Cal34
Nov. 8PAC 7sUCLA5Cal17
Jan. 16D. StorerUC San Diego0Cal61
Jan. 16D. StorerUC Santa Cruz0Cal66
Jan. 16D. StorerUC Davis0Cal36
Jan. 17D. StorerUCLA0Cal38
Jan. 30at Cal PolyCal Poly0Cal79
Feb. 6vs. British ColumbiaBritish Columbia20Cal15
Feb. 13at ArizonaArizona12Cal61
Feb. 15at Arizona StateArizona State0Cal79
Feb. 20vs. Cal MaritimeCal Maritime12Cal35
Feb. 20vs. Air ForceAir Force12Cal65
Feb. 27vs. UCLAUCLA3Cal37
5-Marat Saint Mary'sSaint Mary's14Cal27
20-Marat British ColumbiaBritish Columbia50Cal3
26-Marat UtahUtah19Cal46
30-Marat StanfordStanfordCal
9-Aprvs. Santa ClaraSanta ClaraCal
9-AprVarsity Cup First Round vs. TexasTexasCal
16-AprVarsity Cup National QuarterfinalsTBD
23-AprVarsity Cup National SemifinalsTBD
7-MayVarsity Cup National Championship FinalTBD
4-JunCollegiate Rugby Championship 7s: Pool Play
5-JunCollegiate Rugby Championship 7s: Championship Rounds

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