The Cal Poly Rugby Sevens team will head north to Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif. to compete in the second West Coast Sevens tournament this Saturday, October 22nd. The tournament will last continue through Sunday.
The Mustangs will play their three pool matches on Saturday against Air Force, UCLA and Western Washington. Games will be streamed at www.therugbychannel.tv
Sunday’s games are determined by the outcome of pool matches.
Cal Poly will travel with 16 players, listed below.
Santa Ana, Calif.
San Diego, Calif.
Long Beach, Calif.
San Jose, Calif.
Carmel Valley, Calif.
Granite Bay, Calif.
Morgan Hill, Calif.
Cal Poly will look to bounce back from a 1-3 performance at the previous West Coast 7s.
Mike Nunno, class of 1982, and Brian Barnard, class of 2004, were inducted into the Cal Poly Rugby Founder’s Club last Saturday.
Mike studied and played rugby at Cal Poly from 1979-1982. In the spring of ’82, he graduated with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration. In recent years, Mike and his wife Jill (Education ’90) have been busy raising two children, recent Cal Poly Rugby alumni son Nate (Wine and Viticulture ‘10) and daughter Addison . While Nate was playing at Poly, Mike became the first alumni to put the boots on and line up across from his son in the annual Alumni game. As a parent and wise alumni advisor, Mike traveled with the tem on its tour to Ireland in 2010, as well as the most recent trip to Italy and France. Mike continues to support and contribute to the club, staying local in San Luis Obispo. Mike helps organize many fundraisers, including one of the most successful ones in the recent past.
Brian joined CPRFC as a junior in 2001. In his first season playing rugby he worked his way to a starting role as a center. The following summer he traveled to South Africa with a group of Mustangs to get some overseas experience. It was there that coach and former Springbok Michael DuPlessis encouraged Brian to focus on size and speed, rather than passing, and switch to wing when he returned to the US.
As a wing Brian found success, along with the team, over the next 2 seasons. In both seasons he earned a spot on SCRFU Collegiate All-Star teams, and in 2004 was selected as a 1st Team All-American.
Upon graduation, Brian moved back to Northern California where he played his first Sevens season with Olympic Club in San Francisco. From there the East Coast Bays in the North Harbour League in Auckland, New Zealand picked him up. Barnard started at wing for their Men’s Premier Side until returning to the States and joining SF Golden Gate’s Super League squad.
The ensuing summer Brian was selected for the inaugural North American 4 tournament, which was invented to showcase the best Canadian and American player
s across 4 teams. As well as being selected the MVP of the tournament, Brian was called up to the USA Eagles for the 2006 Churchill Cup. Though he came off the bench against Ireland A, Brian’s first official Cap was a start against the New Zealand Maori.
Brian went on to earn 4 more Caps in 2006, scoring a try against a mighty Barbados side in a world cup qualifier. After injury and Zee Ngwenya derailed his World Cup hopes, Brian opted to attend grad school at Trinity College in Dublin where he also played wing for their All-Ireland League side.
Congratulations to Mike and Brian for their accomplishments as a part of the Cal Poly Rugby community!
Cal Poly went 1-3 on Saturday to finish 8th in the first of two West Coast Sevens tournaments this fall.
The Mustangs opened the tournament with a 27-7 win against Stanford. Senior Dustin Mollard tallied two tries against the Cardinal, with fellow Senior Mark Grzanich and Sophomores Connor Miller and Ryan Cavanagh dotting down the other three in the opening match.
Cal Poly opened their second pool match by taking a 10-0 lead against Arizona State. The Sun Devils responded by scoring 26 unanswered points, defeating Cal Poly 26-10 and knocking the Mustangs out of a potential semi-final.
Cal Poly then lost to Santa Clara 24-7 and San Diego State 19-12.
#1 seed California defended their West Coast Sevens championship by beating #2 seed Saint Mary’s 38-5. The Golden Bears outscored their opponents 162-15.
Cal Poly will play their next rugby sevens competition on October 22/23 in the second West Coast Sevens tournament this fall. The tournament will run for two days at the San Francisco Golden Gate club fields in Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif.
Cal Poly will host defending D1AA national champions UC Davis on Saturday, October 29. This will be the first match between the two teams since 2014, when UC Davis was in the D1A California Conference.
Cal Poly Women’s Rugby will have their first match the same day against Fresno State. The team will kickoff their inaugural match at 12:00 PM.
Cal Poly Rugby will help host the annual West Coast 7s tournament in Arroyo Grande, Calif. on October 8th. The West Coast 7s is a national-qualifying tournament.
Normally played on Cal Poly campus, this year’s tournament will be played at Talley Fields in Arroyo Grande. The tournament begins at 10:00 AM and ends with a championship match kicking-off around 3:40 PM.
The California Golden Bears will look to defend last year’s first-place finish in the tournament. Cal is rejoining the D1A division after a successful Varsity Cup stint.
The other teams featured in the tournament include Saint Mary’s, USC, San Diego State, Santa Clara, UC Davis, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona State, Grand Canyon and UC Santa Barbara.
Saint Mary’s, defending 2016 College 7s National Champions, is seeded #2 behind California.
Cal Poly 7s returns many familiar faces from the squad that traveled to the 2016 College 7s National Championships including Seniors Dustin Mollard, Mark Grzanich and Salvador Guevara.
The Mustangs 7s squad lost their co-captains from nationals, Sean Gorman and Kelii Dominguez, to graduation in spring. D1A All-American Honorable Mention Alex Wormer is currently studying abroad in Ireland, and will not return to the team until January.
Cal Poly is seeded #5 and will play #4 seed Arizona State and #12 seed Stanford in their pool. Cal Poly won their last matchup against Arizona State in a friendly 7s tournament at UCLA last spring.
Cal Poly placed first in a friendly sevens tournament in San Diego on October 1st. The Mustangs beat San Diego State and San Diego after dropping the first game against San Jose State.
The Mustangs will look to improve on their 1-3 performance in last year’s West Coast 7s.
Later in the evening, two Cal Poly Rugby alumni will be inducted into the Founder’s Club. The annual Founder’s Club dinner will be hosted at the American Legion Hall to honor the club’s most distinguished alumni.
More on this year’s Founder’s Club inductees and rosters for Saturday will come shortly.
Five Cal Poly Rugby players have earned spots on the 2015-16 USA Men’s Collegiate All-American list.
Senior flyhalf/fullback Kelii Dominguez, senior prop Nathan Sylvia, junior hooker Eddie McFarland, sophomore prop Connor Cudeback and sophomore inside center Alex Wormer were all named Honorable Mentions for the 2015-16 season.
Four out of the five players are expected to return for the 2017 season.
Senior Kelii Dominguez graduated from Cal Poly this June, ending his playing career with Cal Poly Rugby. Senior prop Nathan Sylvia will return with another season of eligibility, while spending this summer playing abroad in Australia with teammates Sean Gorman and Mark Grzanich.
Three of the five named, including Sylvia, were from the Mustangs’ front row. Sylvia, McFarland, and Cudeback started the most out of their respective positions this past season.
Sophomore prop Connor Cudeback earned his second Collegiate All-American Honorable Mention, earning two All-American honors in his two seasons with Cal Poly. Cudeback started in the USA U20s match against Canada earlier this year while also appearing in two matches with Pacific Rugby Premiership team Belmont Shore, starting in one of those appearances.
Sophomore inside center Alex Wormer earned his second honor of the year, as he was named to the D1A California All-Conference team earlier this year. Wormer, who was resting an injured groin early in the season, started his season in a 27-3 win against UC Santa Barbara after being substituted after flyhalf Corey McGrillen was injured early in the match. Since then, Wormer started each game at inside center, with Dominguez moving to flyhalf.
Seniors Kelii Dominguez and Nathan Sylvia also earned a spot on the D1A California All-Conference list.
Cal Poly Rugby ended their season on Memorial Day weekend in Cary, North Carolina with a 3-3 record.
The Mustangs got off to a hot start in the tournament, winning their first two pool matches against St. Bonaventure and Fordham. Cal Poly won both matches with a final score of 14-10.
The Mustangs won both matches in the final minutes with game-winning tries. Against St. Bonaventure, Senior Dustin Mollard lead a line-break in the final minute which ended with a Mark Grzanich try for the win.
Mollard’s late-game heroics were not unique to the first match, as he scored the game-winning try against Fordham on the last play.
Cal Poly lost to Lindenwood, the 2015 7s National Champions, in their final pool match by a score of 24-0.
Advancing to the knockout round in the same day, Cal Poly lost a rematch against St. Bonaventure in a back-and-forth match with a final score of 19-17. In a consolation game later that day, Cal Poly lost to James Madison 19-0.
In the final day of the tournament, Cal Poly ended their 7s season with a 17-12 victory over Arkansas. Senior Leandro Praseli dotted down the winning try in the corner.
To watch replays of all of Cal Poly’s matches in the tournament, click here.
Cal Poly has qualified for the USA Rugby College 7s National Championship in Cary, North Carolina. The tournament will be played May 28-29. The matches will be streamed at USARugbyTV.com.
Cal Poly starts training for 7s this week with around 20 players. The team will play a lead-up tournament on May 14 at UCLA. The team will select 12 players to travel to the national championship tournament in North Carolina.
In fall, Cal Poly played two 7s tournaments and ended with an overall record of 3-5.
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