Are you a student who wants to continue playing a sport in college? Are you a student who likes traveling and would enjoy playing other rugby clubs from different universities? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the rugby club is the perfect club for you. Pygmy Rugby is the oldest club on campus, and I am fortunate to be a part of this great team. My name is Everson Cruz, and I am a freshman studying Materials Engineering here at New Mexico Tech. Just as many of you looking at our school, I played sports in High school, and I didn’t want to stop being a student-athlete.
The rugby team has taught me so much in the short-span that I have been part of it. It has taught me how to take hits, tackle and ruck, but most importantly it has taught me the importance of teamwork and leadership on and off the field. On the field, teamwork is essential due to the fact that this is a contact sport played without pads or any sort of protection. When a teammate goes down, he has to have support for the sake of safety and possession. During the game, stepping up and observing the downfalls is crucial to the fixing of mistakes that could potentially be the key to a win. As a club off the field,we do community service in the local community, take hikes as a team, and watch out for each other academically so we could all be able to play.
The biggest perk of being in Rugby in my opinion is the fact that we get to travel both in and out of state to play. Most of the time, when we out of state, it is to participate in a tournament. Last year we traveled to Flagstaff to play in a tournament hosted by NAU, and not to long after we played in a tournament in Albuquerque. Aside from tournaments, we play in the Rio Grande Rugby Union, which includes New Mexico State, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). The most recent game we had was against UTEP, in El Paso. Traveling to these different schools is a way at least for me to get out and see new places, while still being with my teammates. At the end of the day,win or lose, we are just a bunch of Engineering students, (nerds), that just want to have fun and play rugby.