When E.T. Wilbur III started coaching rugby 10-plus years ago, there were nine girls’ high school teams playing 7s in New Mexico. Covid demolished those numbers, and the rebuild has been slow; however, there has been progress. Albuquerque Youth Rugby United (AYRU) – which Wilbur oversees as president – has an active all-star team that allows players to experience the sport outside of New Mexico, and the girls are very much part of that programming. Several Desert Warrior teams traveled to Tempe in late February for a joint tour, and its . . .
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