UNM Lobos vs IAIR Rugby Match Nov 9, 2015

The University of New Mexico Men’s Rugby Football Club (UNM) will be hosting the Indigenous Australian Invitational Rugby (IAIR) U20 team for a first ever match between both teams on November 9th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  The match will take place on UNM’s Johnson Field in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

After Albuquerque, the IAIR team will travel to Gallup, New Mexico for a November 10th match against the US Native American All-Star Rugby team.  Additionally, the 30 young men on the IAIR team will travel to Utah, Arizona and California to play other additional collegiate and club teams.  Their tour will involve staying on a reservation in New Mexico and exchanging cultural ideas with their Native American brothers and sisters.

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About the UNM Men’s Rugby Football Club

Established in 1973, the UNM Lobos Rugby Football Club represents The University of New Mexico in the USA Rugby D1A-West Conference, the nation’s college rugby Premiership.  The team also plays in the Rio Grande Rugby Football Union (RGRFU) which promotes youth, high school, college and club rugby in New Mexico, west Texas and southern Colorado.  As a D1A team, UNM Rugby promotes the highest student-athlete standards, similar to NCAA Division 1 athletics.  UNM are the defending RGRFU Collegiate Men’s Champions.

About the IAIR U20 Team and Program

The IAIR mentors young men aged between 17-20 to assure they transition from high school to work and study while balancing their rugby commitments.  The 17-20 age group is an at risk group that tend to drop out of rugby due to the difficulty of managing their day to day life commitments.  IAIR works to assist these young men in finding jobs, housing, grants & scholarships plus rugby clubs to continue playing with beyond high school.

About USA Rugby

Founded in 1975. USA Rugby is the national governing body for the sport in the United States, and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB).  Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charges with developing the game on all levels and has over 115,000 active members.  USA Rugby oversees four national teams, including the teams that will be competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Rugby Travel Company

We are excited to be the official US Tour Leaders for the IAIR Southwest Rugby Tour.  The Rugby Travel Company (RTC) is a US based rugby tour company that creates dynamic rugby tours to the USA for rugby clubs from around the world. Since we are local, the RTC creates affordable , yet highly customized rugby tours to all parts of the USA. As past rugby players, they have personal connections to rugby clubs all over the USA to organize games and socials.