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Miners start up a new sport

KTSM
UTEP

POSTED: Monday, January 27, 2014 - 7:03pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 27, 2014 - 10:16pm

Rugby is at UTEP.  The newest club sport has 30 members, and there is no tryout... you want to be on the team, they'll take you!  Rugby has been popular in high schools in the borderland, but UTEP students started the club team last year.  Now the Miners are playing top teams like Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, Arizona and Oklahoma...

UTEP sophomore William Knight said, "I have been playing since I was five, so I have been playing for a while, and there is no other sport like this, some people try to compare it to football, soccer, but rugby is totally different, it's its own sport.: Senior Stephen Romero added, "It's a brother hood, and people are starting to see that. Its something different for people, and unlike any other sport, and when they see it, they want to be part of it. It's growing... And going really good in El Paso."

Here is their 2014 schedule:

feb 1 vs NMSUin Las Cruces

feb 8 vs. UNM and Wyoming in Albuquerque

feb 15 NM Tech @ home

feb 22 Scorpions @ home

3-22 UNM@ home

here is the link to the team's facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/UTEP-Rugby-Club/544469972241472

From the team: We welcome men and women of all experience levels regardless of which local college they are enrolled in. We also accept people who are not current students. We have a women's team that trains with us as well so the ladies are also welcome to come learn the sport. And our practice times are Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Sun Bowl.
 

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