Rugby: At last, a challenge for powerhouse Bears

Cal’s rugby team, unbeaten and unchallenged through its first nine games, takes on the British Columbia Thunderbirds on Saturday in its “World Cup” series game at Treasure Island.

The teams will square off at 3 p.m. at Ray Sheeran Field at the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club.

The “World Cup” began in 1921 and continues as a home-and-home series that the Bears recently have ruled. Cal has won 12 of the past 15 series vs. UBC, including five years in a row.

The teams complete the two-game set March 25 at British Columbia.

Note: Fans planning to attend Saturday’s game should check to determine the status of a planned Bay Bridge westbound closure. Click here for more details on alternate routes to the game. 

Meanwhile . . .

   — BASEBALL: Cal opens its season Friday at home against Pacific, the first of a three-game weekend series at Evans Diamond. The Bears, no longer on the budget chopping block, are coming off a 38-23 campaign, punctuated by a trip to the 2011 College World Series. Check out our Bay Area college baseball preview.


Jeff Faraudo

  • Otro Dan

    Thank you, Jeff, for all the great reporting you do. I know it can’t be easy considering all of the duties you have amidst reduced staffing. I know we all appreciate the thoroughness and personality to you bring to the Cal beat every day.

  • Brian

    HEY! FINALLY! A report on the best collegiate team in the best collegiate sport! Thank you.

  • Juancho

    Now hear this, now hear this! The great Jeff Faurado continues to grow and expand this blog to now include Rugby.

    I appreciate all your work here Jeff. I guess the one positive to Mr. Okanes being let-loose months back was that you’ve really stepped up and taken this blog to a whole new level.

    This site is becoming more and more enjoyable to me.

    I’m surprised you didn’t even put up a Whitney Houston post last weekend.

  • Juancho

    Just noticed the link to the Baseball article.

    Tony Renda is an absolute beast. I believe he’s the State of California all time high school hits record holder. One of the things I took from reading that article is that Serra High really puts out a good number of baseball players.

    I’m an A’s fan, but Renda is the type of second baseman the Giants need long term. Tough as nails, can rake and has some pop in his bat. Not to mention a great defensive infielder.