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Pacific Coast rugby, especially, California, enjoyed the advantage of being able to meet fifteens from British Columbia, the most proficient rugby playing of all Canadian provinces. In addition to the long-standing home and away collegiate rivalry between Cal-Berkeley and the University of British Columbia, BC province teams often made forays south of the border,
In December 1983, the British Columbia Reps, a team comprised of younger players, journyed to California to play two games against local sides, and a tour ending match against an all-star Pacific Coast XV. The visitors went 2-1, defeating the local sires, but losing in the final game.
The tour started out in Santa Barbara with a match against the Southern California Griffins, the match won by B.C. in a 13-0 shutout. B.C. were up 7-0 at halftime and added six more points in the second period.
The next game moved to San Francisco where the visitors met the Northern California Pelicans, prevailing 15-13 in a tight match. The home side took a 10-6 lead at halftime. But B.C., seemingly more fit, fought back to erase a 13-9 deficit to score late in the second period,
The final game took place in Sacramento against the Pacific Coast Grizzlies, an all star fifteen. The Grizzlies dominated play, including most of the scrums and line outs, securing more possession during the match. The home side prevailed 26-6 against a plucky B.C. side playing their third game in eight-days. Outstanding play came from Bateman, captain Burlingame, and Wood who notched a a20pyard breakaway to set up the final score.