KCBS_740 SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Rugby returns to the Olympics for the first time in almost a hundred years this weekend.

One of England’s top pro teams is touring the Bay Area, hoping to drum up interest in the game.

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Rugby has been big in Berkeley for years, thanks to the success of the Cal men’s team.

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The Harlequins Football Club, who play at Twickenham Stoop in London are training on Treasure Island this week, staying at Fisherman’s Wharf and conducting a clinic in East Palo Alto.

Kyle Sincklar, who plays the position of tighthead prop, is pleasantly surprised by how excited Bay Area fans seem to be.

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“They might not know of the actual team, but they know the general sport. I think maybe with the USA Sevens doing really well, it seems to be working. They definitely know what the sport of rugby is,” Sincklar said.