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Sports - April 20, 2012

Sports Shorts

STANFORD RUGBY . . . The Stanford women's rugby team will be one of eight premier college squads that will be competing in the 2012 Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women's Division I and Division II playoffs on Saturday and Sunday on the Stanford campus. Stanford is one of four premium playoff locations around the country and will see eight teams from the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference take the field in the highly competitive single-elimination competition. A loss this late in the season can abruptly end a team's hope at winning an elusive national title, so the quality of rugby and level of intensity should be high as these teams approach the end the season. On the Division I side of the competition, Stanford will face Chico State in a matchup between northern California rivals on Saturday at Steuber Rugby Stadium at 2 p.m.. In their previous match this season, Stanford came away with a strong 57-22 win in Chico that propelled the Cardinal to the No. 1 seed. UCLA will face California in another D-I match that pits bitter rivals against each other. In 2011, Cal did not reach the playoffs and UCLA was eliminated in the Round of 16 by national semifinalists BYU. The national quarterfinal will be Sunday at 3 p.m.

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