Nomads continue to grow in third rugby season

Kevin Wilson Saturday is game time for the Clovis Nomads, with the rugby squad well into its third season. The Nomads (2-2) have been in operation for four seasons, and first started league play in the 2008-09 season. Players on the team run from 18 to 40 years old, and interest has run high enough […]

Rugby team trying to get sport going in Clovis area

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Nomads are a story of hard work and dedication in bringing something a little different to the city last year — rugby football. David North, Vinny Comerford and two others met at Kelley’s Bar and Grill in Clovis and decided to field a team. “Four years ago, […]

UNM joins state government on stink-o-meter

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Here’s a free public relations tip for the University of New Mexico. Quit stinking up the joint with questionable use of taxpayer money and you wouldn’t have to spend $152,000 this year on a Washington, D.C., hotshot to polish your image. You’ve got to be kidding about $152,000. No, I’m […]

Cannon airman slated for rugby tourney

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The grass feels soft on your face as you lay there peacefully, until, suddenly, someone’s cleat-covered foot slowly, but not gently, scrapes down your unprotected side, awakening you to the game you find yourself in. The game is rugby, and it’s […]

Inspirational sports movies overrated

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There’s one thing I’m looking forward to about 2007. It’s not the party I’m planning to celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ seven-win season, and it’s not the 50-something credit card offers I’ll receive (I could have pooled all of my offered credit limits in 2006 and bought a $137,000 […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Brit quick learner

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Clovis sophomore Robert North has traded kicking a rugby ball for kicking a football. North moved from England two months ago when his dad took a job at Southwest Cheese. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor His coach calls him “Ol’ Chap.” His teammates prefer “Rugby.” Both are nicknames that […]

Rugby catching on at Cannon

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Capt. Rob Watkins of 27th Fighter Wing Legal laterals the ball during practice Tuesday at Chavez Manor West. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Dan Dannar didn’t grow up playing rugby, but the sport has grown on him. Now he’s hoping the often rough-and-tumble game of European origin will become a popular pastime […]