The kids at Cullen Middle School burst into applause when the athletic women wearing matching red,white and blue track suits walked into the cafeteria. The women of USA Rugby are rock stars here, and the kids, mostly the girls, surround them for autographs.
"It's great when you can introduce them to something new to kids and they get excited., and we're excited to spread rugby around to people who don't know much about it," says team captain Vanesha McGee.
The team is here promoting this weekend's Rugby Sevens tournament at the BBVA Compass Stadium. This is a big one. It's a leg of the world series and teams from 12 countries are playing.
Rugby may not be as popular as baseball, football or even soccer, but supporters here say it's growing.
"Flying under the radar? No. We're growing in leaps and bounds," says Paul Mabry with Rugby Texas. Rugby USA says it has 110,000 member, 20,000 of them are women.
Individual tickets for this weekend's tournament cost ten bucks, while two-day passes are fifteen dollars for both Friday and Saturday's matches. They begin at 1 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. Teams play three fifteen minute games a day.