Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Good, Clean Fun.(Sports)

Byline: Benson Hendrix Journal Staff Writer

The Santa Fe Santos have been building a tradition of play and service since 1972

If you are in Santa Fe one Saturday afternoon and find yourself tired of going to the same old spots, why not check out a rugby game? Rugby? In Santa Fe?

Yes.

You wouldn't just be checking out a rugby match, you would be watching a Santa Fe institution, although not a well-known institution.

The Santa Fe Santos rugby team has been playing "Rare Air Rugby," as the players call it, since 1972.

The team has a rare quality to it that comes from being based in a place like Santa Fe.

"(Santa Fe) is one of the resort cities of the Southwest, very much like Aspen or Vail," said former Santa Fe player and current state Sen. Shannon Robinson. "It's a very intellectual place, a center of culture. You find some very unique people in that city."

As Santa Fe's identity grew, so did the Santos' reputation.

"We were from a city that was developing a national identity as a place to be," Robinson said. "There was a long run of quality rugby and championship teams in Santa Fe."

Santa Fe has become a very attractive location for rugby players to visit and stay. …

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