The University of New Mexico Lobos, the elite college side in the Rio Grande Rugby Union, were in attendance at the High Desert Rugby Classic. At most tournaments in the western U.S. the Lobos are in the hunt for a collegiate bracket victory. While still many years away from consistently challenging for a run in the national championship tournament, the club at the University of New Mexico have put together a solid foundation of young athletes, many of which come from New Mexico.
And our neighbors to the north were well represented at the High Desert Rugby Classic – with the Denver Harlequins and Denver Highlanders, and the Glendale Raptors fielding men’s teams, and the Denver Black Ice women’s team visiting the Duke City. I wasn’t able to sit down with the team from Glendale, but was able to talk with the head coaches for the Quins and Highlanders.