Albuquerque Youth Rugby United

AYRU is a legal non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to developing boys & girls rugby, contact and non-contact, in Albuquerque metro area.

The AYRU is a 10-year old non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to developing boys and girls youth rugby in Albuquerque, and is sanctioned by USA Rugby (governing body for all rugby in the USA). We play non-contact rugby for all ages 7 and up, and contact rugby for ages 12 and up. Our Spring 2017 season kicks off in late February with practices, and matches begin in March running through May. We also offer other Learn to play rugby events in the fall. More info coming soon, dates and events to watch out for.

Rugby fans, we regret to inform you that until further notice, all youth rugby is canceled, including the Zia 7s and NM Rugby Day

New Mexico Youth Rugby

Dear NMYR Community,

As concerns grow around the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Mexico and the United States, it is important that we take responsibility to keep our community safe and healthy. NMYR understands the severity of COVID-19 and potential risks involved. In the interest of the safety, health, and well-being of all our members, their families, and communities, NMYR has decided to cancel all rugby events for the remainder of the month of March. We will reassess this decision at the end of the month. We encourage teams to not even practice, but realize that this decision is ultimately up to each team.

In the meantime, if you are experiencing respiratory illness or fever, or having other symptoms of either the COVID-19, winter flu, or cold we urge you stay home and not compete in matches or team activities, including practices. Participation is not mandatory, please do what feels best for you and your family.

Please follow these precautionary suggestions for athletes and administrators provided by USAR:
• Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;
• Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds at a time;
• Avoid touching your face as much as possible;
• People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash their hands).
• Avoid handshakes when greeting players and opponents;
• Use individual water bottles; do not share them;
• Towels, uniforms and training bibs should not be shared, if possible. Frequent laundry of these items is suggested;
• Training equipment should be cleaned following session.

Wash your hands, be honest about how you feel, and take care.

Yours in rugby,
New Mexico Youth Rugby Board of Directors

Join us on March 28th for the biggest rugby day in New Mexico, and help us celebrate 50 years of rugby in the Rio Grande Region!

Give it a try! #thegameplayedinheaven

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City of Rio Rancho High School Rugby Team

The City of Rio Rancho Rugby Club provides competitive divisions for rugby ages 5 to 19 for both boys and girls. Our vision is to grow the game of rugby by developing teams for all the school districts under our area. We operate under a single philosophy- to teach leadership, community and responsibility through the sport of rugby. Our program is looking for partnerships with local companies that have a passion for the development of youth, physically and mentally!

We offer a variety of different sponsorship levels! We look forward to hearing from you!

Why the Youth Sport Your Kids Should be Playing is Rugby If you're a parent deciding what sport your kid should try in elementary and middle school, and you don't have rugby on your list, then you're making a mistake. Rugby is played as non-contact touch or flag rugby in most areas of the country until you get to high school. In middle school, kids are ta...

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Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a few of our NM ruggers!

Building the game in Rio Rancho!

Great day for rugby practice. Love seeing the energy in this group of boys and girls.

Albuquerque Youth Rugby, building the game! What a great day at Mayor Tim Keller State of the City event!

What a grand evening tonight at the La Cueva Bears rugby players' and parents' meeting! Johan Botha, you're doing an amazing job!

AYRU will have a table at this great event, along with UNM Rugby and The Brujos Rugby Club! Entry is free so please stop by!

We know that our city will only reach its full potential when we come together as #OneAlbuquerque through partnerships throughout our community. Join us this Saturday at #SOTCabq2020 and meet a few of the community organizations working to make ABQ a better place for everyone. RSVP at

Thank you Bears!

Today, three of the wreaths that was laid at the Santa Fe National Cemetery (as part of the Wreaths for America campaign) were sponsored by the La Cueva High School Rugby Team. These wreaths were laid in remembrance of fallen soldiers who paid the highest price for their country. I will lie if I say that it wasn’t an emotional experience for me, but it was an honor to (1) represent the rugby team in this event and (2) pay respects to those fought for the country’s honor and freedom.

[11/30/19]   Note! A group of adults are still going to come run touch today at 10 if anyone wants to join in!

What a beautiful chilly morning! But...... little hands hurt when they're cold and a rugby ball hits it! Soooooo..... we're sorry to have to do this, but the Turkey Touch tournament today is going to have to be rescheduled. Please get the word out to everyone! E.T. Wilbur will be at the pitch to tell anyone that turns up.
We're sorry to disappoint, and thank you for your support of Albuquerque Youth Rugby!

Just think...... a week from tomorrow just might be the greatest day of your life. You'll never know, if you aren't there......

Guess what's happening across the state in two weeks? Yep! Turkey Touch! YOU and your friends need to be there!

What a beautiful day for Rookie Rugby! With players like this, it's even more amazing! 30 young ruggers fell in love today! #thegameplayedinheaven

Albuquerque Youth Rugby United

24 young people fell in love with rugby today! The grin on these girls' faces tell it all! Come join us next week! Rookie Rugby clinics every week in November!

Happy Friday! Saturday's a rugby day! Bring your young ones and learn the game played in heaven!

And come learn more a lot playing and coaching flag rugby afterwards!

Hooray! It's this Saturday! You do NOT want to miss this! Bring every kid you know and introduce them to #thegameplayedinheaven

Good evening! In case you didn't get the word, the NMYR AGM has been postponed. More info to follow! Thank you!

We have updated our contact info! Please get in touch with any questions regarding youth rugby in Albuquerque. And don't forget to mark your calendars for our fall flag clinics and Turkey Touch tournament!

Phone: 505-309-0502
Email: [email protected]

Mark your calendars! 🍂🏉🦃
November is Fall #FlagRugby Season!
Check back here & in with your club to find out where your district’s #RookieRugby & #TurkeyTouchRugby will be held next month. #youthrugby #cannedfooddrive #rugbynewmexico

Locations to be announced shortly!

Touch Rugby-Eisenhower Middle School
Sat. July 27 and Sat. Aug 3.


Posted 04/06/2019 schedule of matches at Balloon Fiesta Park at

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[02/17/19]   Youth Rugby Clinic next weekend!!
2/23 11AM - UNM Johnson Field

wear sturdy shoes or cleats, dress for the weather, bring water.

This is happening in Nov! Join the fun.

[08/28/18]   This from coach Richard Kice about last weekend's touch for fun event: "Great day of touch rugby, glad to see so many of our boys out there. They got play ('got play' is solid rugby vernacular!) with the men in a fun touch tourney and stepped up to meet the challenge. A lot of learning, hard running and great rugby!"

Youth rugby Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 22.

[06/29/18]   Spring youth rugby may be over but off-season touch rugby has started at Eisenhower Middle School. 10AM-12PM on Saturdays. Open to all players, middle school age and above.

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