CLAYTON, North Carolina – Rugby is a sport for players of all ages and that includes “older” players as well. Rugby players age 35 and over, affectionately know as Old Boys or Old Girls, don’t have many opportunities in the Carolinas that are specific to the age group. The Clayton Rugby Football Club is striving to increase those opportunities in the area and have been working to get their first official Old Boys side off of the ground. As part of their mission, the club is hosting their first “Old Boys Jamboree” at East Clayton Community Park on Saturday November 23rd which is the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Old Boys from throughout the Triangle and Carolinas are invited out for a day of social rugby with the Clayton Old Boys. Players will be sorted onto teams (to be determined by registration numbers) and play matches using some modified rules for Old Boys (open subs, shortened halves, no lineout lifting, etc.). The number of games played will depend on the number of registered participants. Every participant will get at least one game.
There is no charge to participate in the jamboree. The Clayton RFC is getting the holiday giving season off to a good start by using the jamboree to benefit Toys for Tots. Participants are encouraged to bring a toy to donate.
There will be a food truck at the jamboree to keep players fed and a post-event gathering.
“This is something that we’ve been thinking of doing for some time,” said Clayton RFC President Ted Hardy. “There isn’t anything in the way of organized play for Old Boys in the Carolinas. So, we’re going to try to host at least one of these each fall and spring. We’ll see where it goes from there.”
Everyone interested in playing needs to complete the registration below so that numbers can be gauged and players distributed evenly. All participants must be registered with USA Rugby prior to participation and registrations will be verified at check in. Clayton RFC Old Boy members do not need to complete the registration form to participate.
Registration is open until November 16th.