Rugby Takes on BYU Saturday

March 5, 2001

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The Varsity Rugby team's playoff preparations continue this week with a non-conference contest scheduled against Brigham Young University. The Bears make a point of testing themselves through the regular season as evidenced by annual matches against the University of British Columbia and, this year, a fixture against Army. The match against BYU is part of that self-imposed challenge.

'There's no doubt that they are a good team,' said Cal head coach Jack Clark. 'But this is part of our build-up, and it is business as usual for us. At this time of year, we're looking to develop depth and experience by rotating players.'

The Bears will, in fact, have little choice but to put out a mixed side Saturday, as injuries mount in the squad. International flanker Kort Schubert - one of the country's best player - is definitely out with a knee injury. Lock Brian Meux continues to nurse a hamstring problem and No. 8 Shaun Paga is questionable for this weekend. In addition, center Jason Forney is just returning from a lengthy layoff, while prop Keir Paasch and center Casey Young remain on the inactive list.

'We're not concerned about putting our best team on the field until the end of the year during the single-elimination playoffs,' said Clark. 'Until then, it is all about development, and BYU will be no different.'

Illustrating Clark's point is the fact that the Bears scheduled three doubleheader weekends this season to put 30-plus players into first team action. And while BYU sends only one side to Berkeley this weekend, the injury toll creates another 'mixed squad' opportunity.

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