Edward Tandy is just another freshman looking to make his mark for Cal Rugby. But he is unique in that he is the first player since Shaun Paga in the mid-90s to play both rugby and football.
The 6’1” 220-pounder plays linebacker on the gridiron. He was a 3-star recruit and is the future at his position for the Bears. His size, speed, and versatility give Cal rugby coach Jack Clark many options.
“I’m not sure where Ed will most help us,” Clark said on the Cal website. “I have no doubt he can play inside center, but I’m also intrigued by his speed and athleticism adding to our back row.”
Clark is a little surprised Tandy is being given the chance to play both sports. Clark played both rugby and football while at Cal in the late 1970’s but understands the time requirements of modern football on players. He credits the current football staff for allowing Tandy the opportunity to play both sports and is still working out the details with football coach Sonny Dykes.
Tandy helped Cal to the All-UC/Dennis Storer Classic title. In his debut match, Tandy scored a try against UC Santa Barbara.