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Dunne heads to Cal for rugby

De La Salle High running back Lucas Dunne, who helped lead the Spartans to the CIF Open Division title this year, said Friday that he’s headed to Berkeley to play rugby for Jack Clark and the Golden Bears next season.

“I had no idea whether I wanted to play rugby or football,” Dunne said of the beginning of the school year. “I just wanted to play some sort of ball in college.”

Dunne became well known as the Spartans lead running back this season, rushing for 2,034 yards and setting a school record with 40 touchdowns. He was often a human bowling ball, bouncing off tacklers and doing his best work after first contact.

And the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder did end up with a couple scholarship offers to play football in college. He had offers from North and South Dakota, and a couple Division II offers as well.

But, for as good as he was on the football field, I’m told he was equally impressive on the rugby pitch. Dunne played wing for the Spartans, and said he’ll either play wing or scrumhalf in college.

Dunne will be joined at Cal by a couple Spartan football teammates. Blake Simons and Scott Walsh are both heading to Strawberry Canyon as well, and they’ll contine their athletic careers for the 2011 NCAA champions.

“It’s a big relief,” Dunne said. “A big weight has been lifted.”

Ben Enos

  • Yo

    you guys should write more about rugby!!! It’s one of the fastest-growing sports in the country AND the bay area is a hotbed of rugby action! In fact the Northern California youth all star tournament takes place THIS weekend on treasure Island! The Bay Conference (SF/East Bay) is the powerhouse and has kids from Walnut Creek to Berkeley to Hayward.

  • s1lverngreen

    Congratulations Lucas! Good to see some of the local talent staying home!

  • DLS Spartans!

    Congrats Lucas!!! You have earned it! By the way it is Blake Simons not Luke.

  • Ben Enos

    Ha, I got caught up in a Luke/Lucas frame of mind. I changed it. Thanks for the heads up.

  • JBDON#9

    Castlemont QB Ea Okusi will be joining him at Cal to play Rugby on a four year scholarship.

    He earned it with a 4.0 gpa and leader of the Castlemont Knights !!!

  • BayRugby

    Congrats to these boys! More articles need to be done on Rugby, the game is fastly growing in the United States. I was looking on rugbymag.com and saw Blake Simons is on the High-School National team.

    http://rugbymag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1324:hsaas-ready-for-south-african-tour&catid=43:age-grade-men&Itemid=192

    Best of luck to these spartans at berkeley