High Desert Rugby Videos

Finally after weeks of work I was able to squeeze in some time doing what I love to do, editing video and getting in the rugby vibe! Last month I was at the High Desert Rugby Classic here in Albuquerque, getting a few interviews taken care of.  Now that they are all edited, I have a chance to get them up for your viewing pleasure!

First up, an interview with New Mexico Highlands University coach, and New Mexico rugby legend, Dick Greene. Here he talks about why he loves rugby, the time he spends in THE Rugby nation of New Zealand, and the New Mexico Highlands Rugby team.

The Tucson Lightning women were among the teams visiting Albuquerque for the tournament known lovingly as “High Dirt” and these nice ruggers took time to tell me a little bit about the team. (apologies for the video quality, the camera started to give me problems).

Albuquerque’s Atomic Sisters’ RFC (last year’s Women’s Club Champion Runner-Ups) were at the tournament as well, using it as a chance to sharpen up before the following week’s match to make a run for this year’s championship.

Teams from Denver are also a tradition at the High Desert Rugby Classic. And this year was no different, as the Denver Rugby Club was in attendance. Denver made it to the tournament’s championship match before losing to champions, the Provo Steelers.

Every rugby tournament needs a supplier, for when ruggers tear shorts, or need new boots, or just want a cool new jersey!  For the last few years, Red Rhino Rugby Supply filled that role at the High Desert.

The High Desert Rugby Classic was a great tournament this year, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s tournament! (Although I think next year I’ll get a tent and set up a mini-studio on site, maybe even a little livestreaming if I can land the wifi for it…)

Where might you find the Gonzo Rugby Report this year?

I’ve just been looking over the domestic rugby schedule for the next year, en route to a hopeful 2011 Rugby World Cup media appearance, and in addition to blogging about the international rugby scene I want to attend a few tournaments as writing warm ups.  Among them are:

2010 High Desert Rugby Classic – October 16-17, Albuquerque, N.M. (A southwest classic!)

2011 USA Sevens International Tournament – February 12-13, Las Vegas, Nev.

2011 Churchill Cup – Summer 2011, Denver, Colo.

And other matches to be determined.