Pac-12 Networks Showcases Rugby Saturday
BERKELEY – When No. 2 California welcomes No. 7 UCLA to Witter Rugby Field Saturday, the Golden Bears and Bruins will also be welcoming Pac-12 Networks for a live television broadcast 3-5 p.m. PT on the official network of “The Conference of Champions.”
The exciting atmosphere – always palpable when the Rugby Bears run onto their home pitch in Strawberry Canyon to give full measure in Blue and Gold for their University, team, families and fans – will be more pronounced with this opportunity for both teams to display their passion, skills and commitment for local, regional and national audiences.
The match showcases two accomplished teams with talented student-athletes masterminded by high-caliber coaches. The Bruins are led by head coach Scott Stewart, a former Canadian international who has cultivated UCLA as a force in traditional 15s and Olympic 7s, while the Bears have the legendary Jack Clark, who will be inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame this Junes after completing his 31st year as Cal’s head coach.
“Rugby has a great fan base and we’re excited to bring the sport to Pac-12 Networks this weekend,” said Dustin Rocke, Vice President of Programming for Pac-12 Networks. “Coach Clark is a legend in the sport, so kicking off our coverage on the heels of his election into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame seems appropriate.”
As much of the nation digs out from the latest winter storm on Saturday, the weather in Berkeley at game time is forecasted for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s.
“Witter Rugby Field is a perfect venue for Pac-12 Networks to produce this live rugby broadcast,” said Sandy Barbour, Director of Athletics at the University of California. “The Cal community has enjoyed many memorable matches in Strawberry Canyon. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is thrilled to host Saturday’s match between the Golden Bears and Bruins for such a significant audience on a national scale.”
The Bruins have been Cal’s counterpart in heated battles on national TV before, most recently at the semifinals of the 2013 Collegiate Rugby Championship semifinals, and they too are pleased to be featured on their conference’s television network.
“We are extremely excited for the UCLA vs. California match to broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks,” said Mick Deluca, Executive Director of Recreation and Campus Life at UCLA. “We are delighted that this important rivalry match will be featured. We are very proud of our team and wish the Bruins and Bears the best for a great game this weekend.”
Headquartered in San Francisco’s SOMA district, Pac-12 Networks is the content and multiplatform media company of the Pac-12 Conference, a leader in collegiate athletics that is made up of 12 of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Pac-12 Networks was created in 2011 to develop and launch one national and six regional full-time native HD linear networks available to video programming operators, as well as a network of digital properties dedicated solely to the Pac-12. The linear networks televise hundreds of live sporting events annually and provide 24/7 access to Pac-12 teams and universities.
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