Cal Poly to play San Diego State in non-conference match Saturday

Cal Poly vs San Diego State in a non-conference friendly in 2016
Cal Poly vs San Diego State in a non-conference friendly in 2016

The Mustangs will play #20 San Diego State this Saturday, January 21 in San Diego. The match is a non-conference friendly, and thus will not count towards final standings.

Cal Poly has lost the last two matches against the Aztecs. In the last match, San Diego State won 21-20.

The Mustangs will expect to return key starters in Nate Sylvia, Alex Wormer and Connor Cudeback on Saturday.

Cal Poly has won five straight non-conference matches since November.

The 1st XV will kickoff at 4:00 PM with the 2nd XV following. Both matches will be played at the turf fields on San Diego State campus off of 55th street (between Montezuma and Remington).

Use the following link for a map of San Diego State campus (see #17 for match venue): Click Here for SDSU map

Cal Poly to play Pleasanton Jesters Rugby Club on Saturday


The Mustangs will send a mixed A/B side to play the Pleasanton Jesters Rugby Club in their first action of 2017.

Kickoff is set for this Saturday, January 14 at 4:00 PM at Cayetano Park (101 Portola Ave, Livermore, California 94551).

Key players like Nate Sylvia, Connor Cudeback and Alex Wormer will not play as they will instead travel to Chula Vista, CA to participate in the AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American Identification Camp.

However, Cal Poly will still play with their top two try-scorers for the fall in #8 Dustin Mollard and outside back Mark Grzanich.

Other non-conference friendlies on the slate for Cal Poly this January include on the road against #20 San Diego State next Saturday and a home fixture against #4 Brigham Young.

Three Cal Poly Players invited to AIG Collegiate All-Americans Identification Camp

Senior Nate Sylvia and Juniors Connor Cudeback and Alex Wormer have been selected for a chance to be on the AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American team. The three will travel to Chula Vista, CA to show their talents from January 14-16.

Connor Cudeback against SLORFC. Photo Dan Dempster

Junior Prop Connor Cudeback earned a spot on the U20 All-Americans last year and started against Canada’s U20 men’s team. He played his first appearance for Cal Poly in December against Santa Barbara Rugby Academy since having surgery to repair a leg injury in spring.





Alex Wormer in the 2015 West Coast Sevens. Photo Daniel Dempster
Alex Wormer in the 2015 West Coast Sevens. Photo Daniel Dempster

Junior Inside Center Alex Wormer is back in San Luis Obispo after studying abroad in Ireland during the fall quarter. He is expected to make his first appearance back in a friendly match at San Diego State on January 21.



Nathan Sylvia against Fresno Rugby Club

Senior Prop Nate Sylvia is coming off of a hot preseason, in which he scored four tries over four games. In his last game, Sylvia scored a hat-trick in his most dominant game yet.

All three players were named All-American Honorable Mentions last season.

33 of the 57 players invited to the camp compete in the D1A Rugby division.

For more on how the camp will run and a complete list of players invited, visit



Cal Poly’s first match cancelled, moved to Pleasanton

The Mustangs’ first home match of 2017 has been cancelled due to wet weather and field closures. Instead of playing Santa Barbara Rugby Academy, Cal Poly will head on the road this next weekend up to the Bay Area to play the Pleasanton Jesters Rugby Club on Saturday, January 14.

Cal Poly finished the fall preseason undefeated, beating Santa Barbara Rugby Academy in their last match back in December.

The next home match scheduled for the Mustangs is set for January 26 in a Thursday night match-up against #4 Brigham Young.

The first D1A California Conference match will be on the road against Sacramento State on February 4.

Cal Poly’s full schedule will be posted shortly.


Cal Poly 1st XV finishes fall pre-season undefeated; Women notch first victory

The Cal Poly 1st XV beat Santa Barbara Rugby Academy 41-22 on Saturday to improve their record to 4-0 for the fall term. The Mustangs have scored at least 40 points in each of their matches so far.

“In preseason rugby the process is always more important than the results, but to win all four matches through the term is very pleasing,” Head Coach James Tesoriero said, “to score 40 or more points in each match is a reflection of the type of rugby we are trying to play.”

Cal Poly opened the match with two quick tries in the back line from Mark Grzanich and Ivy Adair. Senior Prop Nathan Sylvia also joined the fun in the opening minutes, dotting down one of three tries for him on the day.

Santa Barbara Rugby Academy responded with two tries of their own before the end of the second half. Cal Poly maintained control throughout the match however and scored four more tries to close out the game.

Cal Poly will play their next match January 14th at home in a rematch against Santa Barbara Rugby Academy to start off the Mustang’s winter season. Other non-conference matches in the winter include fixtures against #2 Cal, #4 BYU and a friendly against conference rival #20 San Diego State.

“We are scheduled to play some of the best College teams in the country between now and the D1a season, so we will need to find further improvement in order to compete, but we have identified several areas where can improve on the Fall’s performances,” Tesoriero said.

Cal Poly scoring vs. Santa Barbara Rugby Academy:

Tries: Nathan Sylvia (3), Ivy Adair (2), Mark Grzanich (1), Connor Miller (1)

Conversions: Corey McGrillen (2), Bobby Kaehms (1)


The Women’s team played their third and final match of the season on Sunday. The Mustangs beat UC Santa Barbara at home by a score of 51-14. This was the first women’s match played with a full side of 15.

Cal Poly conceded an initial lead to the Gauchos, but came back to take a 20-7 lead going into the half. The women exploded for 31 more points to rout UCSB by a 37 point margin, notching their first victory as a club.

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Cal Poly beats Fresno Rugby Club 40-0

The Cal Poly 1st XV posted their second shutout of the fall preseason on Saturday with a 40-0 win against Fresno Rugby Club. The Mustangs have outscored their fall opponents 143-10 so far.


This was the first away match for the men’s teams, as all three men’s sides traveled to Fresno.

Senior #8 Dustin Mollard had his third straight game with a try, but came off the field in the first half after an injury. Senior Mark Grzanich brings his season try-total to five with an intercepted pass taken for a try in the second half.


Other try-scorers include Senior Hooker Eddie McFarland and Sophomores Isaac Stoll and Sam Bradley.

The 2nd and 3rd XV lost their matches to Fresno State’s 1st and 2nd teams respectively. This is the 2nd XV’s first loss of the season, while the 3rd XV has yet to win a match.

The men’s teams will next play on the road against Santa Barbara Rugby Academy and Cal Poly Pomona on December 3. The women’s team will play their next match at home against UC Santa Barbara on December 4.



Cal Poly vs. Fresno Rugby Club Scoring Summary

Eddie McFarland, Corey McGrillen conversion CP 7  FRFC 0

Dustin Mollard, McGrillen conv. CP 14  FRFC 0

Penalty try, McGrillen conv. CP 21  FRFC 0

Isaac Stoll, McGrillen conv. CP 28  FRFC 0

Sam Bradley  CP 33  FRFC 0


Mark Grzanich, Grzanich conv. CP 40  FRFC 0

Cal Poly Rugby wins Lin Price Memorial Match against SLORFC

Cal Poly shutout SLO Men’s in a 62-0 win on Saturday. Cal Poly’s 1st XV has now scored 103 points in their first two matches of the fall.


Two different Mustangs recorded at least two tries. Seniors Dustin Mollard and Mark Grzanich both dotted down twice for tries.

#8 Dustin Mollard brings his total to 6 tries through the preseason, leading the team. Fullback Mark Grzanich recorded a hat-trick with three consecutive tries. Grzanich now has four tries in the preseason.

Other Cal Poly try-scorers include Sophomores Ryan Cooper and Sam Bradley, Senior Zach Markow and Freshman Marshall Brusca.

The Cal Poly Women’s team played their first home match against the SLO Women’s team, losing 32-22. Cal Poly took the initial lead, but ultimately fell behind to the more experienced team.


The men’s 2nd XV scored the most points of the day, beating Cal Lutheran 77-5. The 2nd side has now scored 120 points through their first two matches.

Cal Poly will send three teams next week to Fresno.


Cal Poly vs. SLORFC Scoring Summary:

Dustin Mollard, Corey McGrillen conversion (5:00) CP 7  SLORFC 0

Ryan Cooper, McGrillen conv. (12:00CP 14  SLORFC 0

Mark Grzanich, McGrillen conv. (17:00CP 21  SLORFC 0


Grzanich, McGrillen conv. (40:30CP 28  SLORFC 0

Grzanich, McGrillen conv. (44:00CP 35 SLORFC 0

Mollard (45:00CP 40  SLORFC 0

Nate Sylvia, McGrillen conv. (48:00CP 47  SLORFC 0

Sam Bradley (60:00CP 52  SLORFC 0

Zach Markow (70:00CP 57  SLORFC 0

Marshall Brusca (78:30CP 62  SLORFC 0

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Cal Poly Rugby to play SLORFC in annual Lin Price Memorial Match

Both Cal Poly Men’s and Women’s rugby teams will play the SLO Rugby Club on Saturday, November 12.

Salvador Guevara against SLORFC. Photo Daniel Dempster
Salvador Guevara against SLORFC. Photo Daniel Dempster

The men will play the annual Lin Price Memorial Match at 3:15 PM after the women’s match at 2:00 PM.

The men’s team won last year’s match 44-19. Cal Poly is also coming off of a 41-14 victory against Chico State last Saturday.

Cal Poly beat SLORFC behind #8 John Joe Murphy's 4-try performance in the last matchup between the two teams.
Cal Poly beat SLORFC behind #8 John Joe Murphy’s 4-try performance in the last matchup between the two teams.

This will be the first match for the women’s team at home, two weeks after their first-ever match against Fresno State.

The men’s 2nd XV will kick off against Cal Lutheran before the 1st XV and women’s at 12:30 PM.

All matches will be played at the Lower Sports Complex on Cal Poly campus.

Cal Poly Rugby beats Chico State 41-14

The Cal Poly Rugby 1st XV beat Chico State 41-14 in their first home match.





The Mustangs started off strong, scoring 36 unanswered points into the second half. Senior #8 Dustin Mollard scored four tries.

Mollard scored the first three tries of the match, two of which were scored off of 5-meter scrums.






Other Cal Poly try-scorers include Mark Grzanich, Sam Bradley and Joe Hearn.

This was the first 15s match for Cal Poly this fall. Last weekend’s fixture against UC Davis was cancelled due to field closures.






The Cal Poly 2nd XV also had a strong showing, beating Chico State 2nd XV 43-10. The 3rd XV lost to San Jose State.

Cal Poly will play SLORFC next week on Saturday, November 12 in the annual Lin Price Memorial Match. More details on the match will come. The women’s team will also play SLORFC, more details to come.





Cal Poly vs. Chico State scoring summary:

Dustin Mollard, Corey McGrillen conversion : CP 7 CHICO 0

Mollard : CP 12 CHICO 0

Mollard : CP 17 CHICO 0

Sam Bradley, McGrillen conv. : CP 24 CHICO 0


Mark Grzanich : CP 29 CHICO 0

Mollard, McGrillen conv. : CP 36 CHICO 0

Lawler (CHICO), Lawler conv. : CP 36 CHICO 7

Comacito (CHICO), Lawler conv: CP 36 CHICO 14

Joe Hearn : CP 41 CHICO 14

Cal Poly Women’s Rugby plays first match at Fresno State

Cal Poly women’s rugby played their first organized match this past weekend against Fresno State.

Cal Poly Women's Rugby
The Cal Poly women’s rugby team after their first match at Fresno State

The Mustangs put up 5 tries in a losing effort against an experienced Fresno State side.

“They had some very experienced ladies,” men’s head coach James Tesoriero said, “more than half of ours were playing their first game.”

The women’s team is scheduled to play again on November 12 against SLORFC. The men are also scheduled to play against SLORFC in the annual Lin Price Memorial Match on the same day.

Senior Liz Segars was team captain in the team's first match.
Senior Liz Segars was team captain in the team’s first match.