Local rugby coach named to Hall of Fame

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Local rugby coach Demetrio Cardiel was named to the Albuquerque Aardvarks rugby club Hall of Fame in a ceremony last week.

Cardiel, who is currently coaching Los Alamos’ U19 club, helped the Aardvarks acquire their home field of Phil Chacon Park in Albuquerque in 1993, the field they still call home. He was also a star player for the Aardvarks, leading them to the national finals in 2009 and the national round of 16 in 2010.

The Aardvarks have been active in Albuquerque-area rugby since their inception in 1973.

Cardiel, who continued to be active with the Aardvarks even after moving to Los Alamos in 2000, was one of five Aardvark players inducted in the team’s fourth annual ceremony.

The Los Alamos Nukes have already begun their 2013 season and the team includes his sons Mateo, who plays scrumhalf and Deigo, who plays fly-half.

Los Alamos played its first game March 2, falling to Mayfield 25-20 in Albuquerque. The Nukes will play the first of their four scheduled home games this season March 23 at Sullivan Field.

The Nukes are always seeking players. Those interested can contact Cardiel at 505-250-8005.