California takes its 4-0 fall record on Saturday, Oct. 6, to the West Coast Rugby 7s Invitational hosted by Cal Poly in Arroyo Grande, Calif., where the one-day tournament begins with pool play at 11 a.m. and ends with the final at 4:20 p.m. PT.
The Rugby Bears will field two sides - Cal I and Cal II - in separate pools of the tournament, as will the host Mustangs, Aggies and Gaels. Other teams, such as UCLA, Arizona State, Long Beach State and Santa Clara University, are bringing single sides to the event.
"I'm really happy we are going to get playing time for two teams," said head coach Jack Clark. "The boys have been very conscientious in their training and PT is always the reward they want."
Selections for the top Bears side, Cal I, include three freshmen, four sophomores and eight upperclassmen led by captain Seamus Kelly, the program's all-time 7s leader in appearances (20) and tries scored (17). Only Brad Harrington from the Buckeye 7s will be absent due to injury. A USAR 7s All-American, Harrington stands tied for fourth all-time in Cal's nascent 7s history with seven tries scored.
The Cal II side is set to be comprised of five freshmen, five sophomores, three juniors and two seniors, with only one player on that team - third-year Hunter Frisinger - having any prior 7s experience as a Bear.
Cal is coming off a successful Buckeye 7s Invitational Tournament where 10 Bears combined to score 19 tries over four matches, yielding only 15 points to the opposition. The Bears' all-time 7s record stands at 20-6 (.769) entering Saturday's event at Talley Fields.
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