Founded in 2016, the CottonTown 7s Rugby Festival is an annual 7s tournament hosted every July by the Clayton Rugby Football Club. The tournament has grown quickly into one of the largest summer 7s events in the Carolinas. In 2019 we had 27 teams, across three divisions, at the CottonTown 7s.
The name of the tournament is pulled from local history. During the early 1900’s Clayton was home to a thriving cotton market and many old cotton mills can be found around town today. The tournament name is also a nod to the CottonTown Lager, a popular beer made locally at Deep River Brewing Company, a major sponsor of the Clayton RFC.
Field 1 from the 2019 CottonTown 7s was broadcast live by Event Webcasting via the internet, Facebook, and Youtube with over 10,000 views.
After being off in 2020 due to COVID, we are preparing to host the event 2021. We hope to see everyone this summer!
With reducing the number of teams this year, we are only allowing each club to enter one team per division. Once the divisions fill up, your club will be placed on a waiting list. If any teams drop out of the tournament, the fill-in club will be chosen based on when they were placed on the waiting list.
All clubs participating in the tournament must meet minimum USA Rugby compliance. All playing participants must be registered with USA Rugby. Clubs registered for the CottonTown 7s must be compliant no later than June 15th or their fees will be refunded and spot opened up for another team.