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Clayton to Host Carolinas Development Camp

CLAYTON, NC – For the second consecutive year, the Clayton Rugby Football Club is proud to team up with the Carolinas Geographic Rugby Union to host a Player and Coaching Development Camp. The camp, scheduled for August 19-20 in Clayton, is for men’s and women’s players and coaches from clubs throughout the Carolinas. This year, […]

Bootleggers Finish 2nd at Moonshine 7s

RALEIGH, NC – On Saturday night, the Bootlegger’s 7s squad made the short trip to Raleigh to take part in the Moonshine 7s hosted by the Raleigh RFC. Last season, the men from Clayton won the Bowl competition at the tournament. After a confident start to their 7s season, the Bootleggers looked to improve on […]

Clayton Names Award Winners

CLAYTON, NC – This past weekend, the Clayton Rugby Football Club hosted their annual End of Season Banquet and Awards Presentation for their members, families, and fans. As part of the festivities, the club presented a number of awards to players, coaches, and admin staff for their performances during the 2016/2017 playing season. The Clayton […]

Clayton Claims Bowl at Airborne 7s

For immediate release FAYETTEVILLE, NC – This past Saturday, the Clayton Bootleggers 7s team opened up their season with a Bowl Championship at the Airborne 7s hosted by Fort Bragg Rugby Club. The tournament got off to a rough start as the Bootleggers dropped their first two games of the tournament. However, they bounced back […]

Try Rugby Program Kicks Off in June

CLAYTON, NC – In an effort to introduce the sport of rugby to new audiences and players, the Clayton Rugby Football Club is sponsoring weekly “Try Rugby” sessions throughout the Summer. The sessions, lasting about an hour each, are being held every Wednesday night in June and July at East Clayton Community Park. Women, men, […]

CottonTown 7s Named as Carolinas 7s Qualifying Event

CLAYTON, NC – The Summer 7s season is just around the corner and with that comes the launch of the Carolinas Geographic Rugby Union 7s Qualifying Series. The Carolinas 7s Series consists of five host tournaments to decide which Men’s and Women’s teams move onto to the South 7s Championships and continue their path to […]

Clayton RFC Teams Up with Flower’s Plantation

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club has teamed up with the Club at Flower’s Plantation Parks & Recreation Department to offer a three-day rugby camp this coming August. The camp is for boys and girls ages 6-14 and will provide rugby introduction and skills development sessions for players with and without prior rugby […]

Fairfield Inn Named Hotel Partner for CottonTown 7s

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is excited to announce that the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott has signed on as the official hotel partner of the 2nd Annual CottonTown 7s Rugby Festival. The tournament, played at East Clayton Community Park, is scheduled for Saturday July 15th. After a great first year, […]

Clayton Launches U20 Squad

CLAYTON, NC – In an effort to bridge a much needed gap in the playing continuum, the Clayton Rugby Football Club is pleased to announce that they are adding a U20 program to their club structure for the 2017/2018 playing season. The U20 side joins the club’s current list of Men’s teams that includes a […]

Bootleggers Finish Season with Loss

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club closed out their 2016/2017 XVs season with a loss to Camp Lejeune at home. The loss was the third in a row as the Bootleggers closed out their first season in Division 3 of the Carolinas Geographic Rugby Union. After consecutive lopsided losses from Cape Fear and […]

Bootleggers Fare Well in Savannah

This past weekend, the Clayton Bootleggers made their second consecutive trip to compete in the Annual Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Tournament. Widely regarded as one of the top rugby events on the American rugby calendar, the Savannah tournament is a two day event that brings together over 80 teams from around the United States. The […]

Clayton Rugby Partners with MATI Energy

Clayton, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is excited to announce that they have added MATI Energy as their newest partner. Founded in 2012, in a Duke University dorm room, MATI Energy is a healthy alternative in the energy drink market. MATI Energy currently has six flavors of all-natural energy drinks made with tea, […]

Clayton Battles Past Fort Bragg

FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA – On an unseasonably warm and windy Saturday afternoon, the Clayton Rugby Football Club traveled south to take on Fort Bragg in a doubleheader at Bragg’s Towle Stadium. The first match of the day was a Carolinas D3 North Division match up and it was immediately followed by a B-side match. […]

Scotland Travel Log: Day 2

I hope that everyone enjoyed our Day 1 travel log, without further ado, here is Day 2. Day 2 Slammed from our 30 hour stretch without sleep, our entire party slept like rocks Thursday night and nearly missed our morning train to Edinburgh on Friday. Fortunately, we recovered and swept out of our hotel in […]

Scotland Travel Log: Day 1

As opposed to our standard news releases, we have decided to make the account of our travels to Scotland less formal. I promise that we had every intention of releasing these at the end of each day during our trip. Honestly. However, the tight schedule, travel and lack of sleep quickly caught up with us. What […]

Clayton RFC Development Trip to Scotland

CLAYTON, NC – This afternoon, a group of five Clayton Rugby Football Club members embark on a landmark trip in the club’s development process. Four Executive Committee Members and one General Committee Member are headed to Scotland for a rugby immersion trip. Over the course of the trip, the group is spending time with the […]

Southern Pines Takes Two from Bootleggers

CLAYTON, NC – This past Saturday, the Clayton Bootleggers played host to Southern Pines in a pre-season friendly. With Clayton’s first Carolinas D3 North Division match of 2017 just a couple weeks away, the tilt against Southern Pines was one more chance to get in some much needed work. The brisk, but sunny February afternoon provided the […]

Webster Named Player Welfare Rep

CLAYTON, NC – As part of plans to expand the roles within the club’s operational structure, the Clayton Rugby Football Club is proud to announce that active Bootlegger, Walter Webster, has been named as the Club’s Player Welfare Representative for 2017. Webster, whom joined the Clayton RFC in 2015, is a lawyer by trade and was […]

Date Set for 2017 CottonTown 7s

CLAYTON, NC – As the end of 2016 draws near, the Clayton Rugby Football Club is busy setting plans for 2017. Among those plans is the return of the CottonTown 7s Rugby Festival which is scheduled for Saturday July 15th, 2017. Launched last July, the CottonTown 7s Rugby Festival brought 18 teams, playing in three […]

Sheetz Signs on as Program Sponsor

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is excited to announce that Sheetz has signed on as a sponsor of the Clayton RFC. Unlike previous sponsors, that were focused specifically on the Bootleggers Men’s sides, the sponsorship from Sheetz is being directed into delivering rugby programming to youth in under served areas of Johnston […]

Bootleggers Hosting Rugby Clinic/Tryout Camp

CLAYTON, NC – Rugby has grown exponentially in Johnston County since the sport was introduced to the area in 2012. With hundreds of players from ages 6-50 playing rugby in Clayton and Johnston County, the evidence is tangible, but it is work that is never complete. In an effort to continue to spread the game […]

Clayton RFC 2017 AGM Announced

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club has announced the date for their 3rd Annual General Meeting of Membership. The annual event is the only time that the club meets as a group to discuss club business, review 2016, and look at goals for the upcoming year. The AGM also serves to elect and […]

Bootleggers Fall to Camp Lejeune

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC – The Clayton Bootleggers closed out their Fall season on the road against Camp Lejeune on Saturday. Expecting a tough match, the Bootleggers did little to help their efforts as they travelled light to take on a Misfit’s side that had hung in strong against both Chapel Hill and Cape Fear, two […]

Clayton RFC Paves Way for Rugby Facility

CLAYTON, NC – Last week, the Town of Wilson’s Mills Council voted unanimously to approve an agreement with the Clayton Rugby Football Club. The agreement will see the Clayton RFC work with the town to develop rugby fields at the town’s new athletic park complex located on Powhatan Road.  The Club’s Board of Directors sealed […]

Clayton Drops Two to Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, NC – On a balmy Saturday October afternoon, the Clayton Bootleggers traveled to face off against the North Division leaders Chapel Hill Warriors in a double header of rugby action. The Bootleggers D3 squad returned to play after almost a month off due to issues stemming from Hurricane Matthew earlier in the month. […]

Rough Weekend for Clayton Teams

CLAYTON, NC – On a hot and sunny Carolina afternoon, the Clayton RFC was put to the test this past Saturday. The club played host to two teams at East Clayton Community Park with the Bootleggers D3 side taking on Cape Fear and the club’s D4 squad taking on a combined Camp Lejeune/New Bern side […]

Clayton Opens up D3 Campaign with Win

CLAYTON, NC – On a hot and sunny early September afternoon, the Clayton Bootleggers opened up their first season in Division 3 in style with a convincing 48-10 win over Fort Bragg. The Bootleggers used a seven-try barrage to take home their first official D3 victory in club history. The scoreline didn’t properly reflect the […]

Bootleggers Open Relationship with Bombrys & Warriors

CLAYTON, NC – While the Bootleggers took a bit of a break over the Summer, if you call 7s season a break, the Club’s Board of Directors were busy behind the scenes shaping and developing one of the biggest opportunities in the young club’s history. In order to continue their progress both on and off […]

2nd Annual Bootlegger 10s Announced

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2nd Annual Bootlegger 10s Tournament. The club plans to expand the tournament this year with the hope of adding a Women’s Division to their Men’s Division. If there is enough interest, an Old Boys Division is also […]

Bootleggers Repeat as Blackbeard Champs

ATLANTIC BEACH, NC – This past Saturday, the Clayton Bootleggers made their annual trip east to Atlantic Beach for the Blackbeard 7s Beach Rugby Championship. The team battled the heat, scorching sand, and their opponents in a fun filled day of beach rugby. For their efforts, the men returned home with the championship trophy for […]

Bootleggers Release 2016/2017 Schedule

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Bootleggers have released their schedule for the 2016/2017 season. The schedule includes matches for the Bootleggers in both Division 3 and Division 4 of the Carolinas Geographic Rugby Union. The club is one of only three clubs in the CGRU with squads in two separate divisions which will test the […]

Champs Crowned at CottonTown 7s

CLAYTON, NC – This past weekend, the Clayton Rugby Football Club hosted the 1st Annual CottonTown 7s Rugby Festival. The tournament brought in 18 teams in three different divisions. The tournament was an entertaining event that kept fans on the edge of their seats. The High School and Men’s Club Divisions were hotly contested with […]

Clayton to Host Player Development Camp

CLAYTON, NC (June 8th, 2016) – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is proud to announce that they are hosting a player development camp for all men’s and women’s players in the Carolinas Geographic Rugby Union. The camp is a joint venture between Clayton Rugby, the Carolinas Geographic Union, and the Glendale Raptors. The camp is […]

Clayton to Host Cotton Town 7s

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is excited to announce that they are going to host the 1st Annual Cotton Town 7s Rugby Festival at East Clayton Community Park on Saturday July 16th, 2016. The event is set to be a celebration of rugby with players of all ages hitting the pitch for […]

Clayton Shows Well at Moonshine 7s

RALEIGH, NC – Last night the Clayton Bootleggers opened up their 2016 Summer 7s season with a strong showing as they went 3-1 at the 2nd Annual Moonshine 7s hosted by the Raleigh Rugby Football Club. Clayton took a deep squad to the tournament with a mix of experienced 7s players and Bootlegger Rookies. The […]

Bootleggers Finish Spring on High Note

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Bootleggers finished off their Spring season this past weekend on a very high note. The club organized a full day of rugby that included youth, women, men, and Old Boy matches hosted at East Clayton Community Park. The youth matches were a warm up for the Clayton Copperheads as they […]

Clayton Powers Past Wolfpack

CLAYTON, NC – This past weekend, the Clayton Bootleggers played host to North Carolina State in a double header at East Clayton Community Park. The first match pitted the Clayton 1st XV against the Wolfpack. The match was a fast paced and entertaining affair with the two teams combining for a total of 84 points. […]

Bootleggers Headed to D3

CLAYTON, NC – This past week at the Club’s Monthly Board of Director’s Meeting, the Clayton Rugby leadership group voted unanimously to enter the Bootleggers 1st XV into Division III for the 2016/2017 competitive cycle. The move to D3 is on the back of another strong recruiting year for the Club. After barely having enough […]

Clayton Falls to Barbarians

CHARLOTTE, NC – This past weekend the Clayton Bootleggers traveled West to take on the Charlotte Barbarians in a Spring friendly at the Rugby Athletic Center. Coming off of playing at the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Tournament, the Bootleggers made the trip light on numbers, but determined to give the Barbarians a tough match. The […]

Bootleggers Pick Up Two Wins in Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA – This past weekend, the Clayton Bootleggers traveled South to play in the famed Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Tournament. One of the largest tournaments in the USA, Savannah brings together about 80 teams each year for a weekend filled with rugby and fun. The Bootleggers were making their first trip to the tournament […]

Potter Named Club Captain

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is proud to announce that Simon Potter has been named Club Captain for 2016. Potter, a native of Ireland, has been with the Club from the very start. He was one of the few players to attend the very first Bootleggers training session in April of 2014. […]

Clayton Takes Down Duke Grads

CLAYTON, NC – This past Saturday, the Clayton Bootleggers split a double header with Duke Grads in front of fans at East Clayton Community Park. The rugby day festivities kicked off with the Clayton Copperheads High School JV side hosting Wilmington. The next match on tap was the Clayton 1st XV as they took on […]

Clayton Takes 2nd at Lejeune Tournament

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC – On Saturday, a brave group of Clayton Bootleggers traveled east to the Camp Lejeune 2nd Annual Go Ruck Yourself Tournament. The Bootleggers overcame the frigid weather, gusty winds, and opponents to take home 2nd place at the tournament. The 22-man Clayton roster, that made the trip, was a mix a veteran […]

Bootleggers Team Up with Ruck Science

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Bootleggers are proud to announce that they have partnered with Ruck Science to provide fitness and recovery supplements to the Club. Launched in 2015, Ruck Science is a Texas based fitness and lifestyle company that caters to rugby players. Founder Tim Howard plays for the Austin Blacks and understands the demands […]

Clayton Release Spring Schedule

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club has released their Spring 2016 schedule with an exciting mix of tournaments and matches set to take place this season. The Bootleggers open up their season at the President’s Day Tournament hosted by Camp Lejeune and finish the Spring with the Clayton Old Boys taking on the […]

Bootleggers Name Award Winners

CLAYTON, NC – This past Sunday, the Clayton Rugby Football Club celebrated the end of another great year with their Annual Christmas Party. As part of the party, the club handed out awards for 2015 that were voted upon by active players. Rookie of the Year – Luke Haskins – Haskins joined the club over […]

Clayton Closes Out Fall 15s Season

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club closed out their Fall XVs season with two wins and two losses in their final four matches. The club finished the Fall season with a 3-4 record and they were 2-3 in their first season in Division IV. All four of the club’s losses in the Fall […]

Bootleggers Win Big in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – On a rainy Fall afternoon in Charlotte, the Clayton Bootleggers battled through rain and mud to come away with a 90-0 lopsided win over the Charlotte Royals. The match was the first meeting in 15s between the two sides after meeting twice previously at 7s tournaments. The Bootleggers hit the ground running […]

Clayton Picks up First Win of the Fall

DURHAM, NC – Last Friday night, the Clayton Bootleggers travelled to the campus of Duke University to take on the Duke Grads in a Carolinas D4 League match. After starting off their D4 season with a loss to Southern Pines, the Bootleggers needed to bounce back fast if they intend to challenge atop the D4 standings […]

Bootleggers Struggle in Opening Loss

SOUTHERN PINES, NC – The Clayton Bootleggers struggled in their D4 season opening loss on the road to Southern Pines D4. The two squads came out of the gate playing physical rugby and appeared to be fairly evenly matched early on in the contest. As the first half progress, Southern Pines began to find space out […]

Bootleggers take Blackbeard 7s Title

ATLANTIC BEACH, NC – Last weekend, the Clayton Rugby Football Club sent two teams to participate in the annual Blackbeard 7s Beach Tournament. The club came away with the tournament championship, which served as the club’s first title in their short existence. The Bootleggers A-side defeated Camp Lejeune 29-0 in the title match in a […]

Clayton Rugby Announces 2nd Annual BBQ Fundraiser

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is excited to announce the date for the club’s 2nd Annual Barbecue Fundraiser. The Bootleggers have partnered, once again, with Deep River Brewing to host the event which is set to be held on Sunday August 23rd, 2015. The club chef’s will provide a full complement of […]

Clayton Releases Fall Schedule

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is excited to announce their Fall 2015 schedule. The club’s schedule includes six scheduled matches against other clubs, at least two B-Side matches, an inter-squad scrimmage, and an Old Boys Game. The club’s Fall schedule culminates in the 1st Annual Bootlegger 10s Tournament. The major change in […]

Lessons Learned at King of the Hill 7s

CHAPEL HILL, NC – This past weekend, the Clayton Bootleggers made the trip to Chapel Hill to play at the King of the Hill 7s, hosted by the Chapel Hill Warriors. The tournament, an eight-team event, was in its second year of play and has turned into a very competitive tournament. The Bootleggers learned how […]

Bootlegger 10s Announced

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is excited to announce the launch of the Bootlegger 10s Tournament. The tournament is set to be played at the end of the Fall at East Clayton Community Park in Clayton, North Carolina. “We were looking for something fun to do at the end of the Fall […]

Clayton Falls in Semis at Queen City

MATTHEWS, NC – This past weekend the Clayton Bootleggers 7s team played their second tournament of the Summer as they travelled to play in the Queen City 7s. After the disappointment of having the local State Games cancelled, the Bootleggers were excited to get back on the pitch. With an extra week of preparation for […]

Rugby at State Games Cancelled

The Clayton Rugby Football Club received notification this weekend that the rugby tournament, to be held at the State Games of North Carolina, is cancelled. Citing poor registration numbers, the tournament organizers vow to have the tournament back in 2016. The Clayton Bootleggers made their 7s debut at the 2014 State Games and were looking forward to challenging for […]

Clayton Shows Promise at Airborne 7s

The Clayton Bootleggers opened up their Summer 2015 season with a promising run at the Airborne 7s in Fayetteville, NC. The tournament, played as a celebration of D-Day, brought in a number of teams from North Carolina in a day-long rugby fest. The Bootleggers finished the tournament with a record of 1-2-1, but showed marked […]

Rummage Sale This Weekend

CLAYTON, NC – This coming Saturday, May 30th, 2015 the Clayton Rugby Football Club in conjunction with the Johnston County Rugby Foundation are hosting a Rummage Sale Fundraiser to help raise money for area rugby teams, both youth and men. The fundraiser is being held in the parking lot of Clayton Chiropractic, in downtown Clayton. […]

Bootleggers at Heart Chase Clayton

While the club is in between seasons as they prepare for the start of the Summer tournament season, the Clayton Bootleggers have used the free time to get out and support a community cause. This past Saturday a group of Clayton Rugby Football Club members participated in the annual Heart Chase Clayton to raise money […]

Clayton Loses Close One to Southern Pines

CLAYTON, NC – On a beautiful North Carolina Spring afternoon, the Clayton Bootleggers closed out their Spring season with a close loss to Southern Pines in a very physical and exciting match. Despite the loss, the Bootleggers continue to improve with each season they play. After taking a number of lopsided losses last Fall, the […]

Clayton Chiropractic Spotlight Player: John Williams

Each month, the Clayton Bootleggers shine a light on one of their players. Brought to you by Clayton Chiropractic, the club’s Spotlight Player of the Month for April of 2015 is John Williams. Name: John Wililams Age: 30 Hometown: Asheville, NC Currently Resides:Raleigh, NC Height 5’8″ Weight 275 Position(s) Prop Years Playing Rugby: 1 2014 Stats: John […]

Cherry Point Battles Clayton to a Tie

HAVELOCK, NC – On Saturday, the Clayton Bootleggers travelled east to take on Cherry Point. Travelling strong, the Bootleggers hoped to bring home a victory, but expected a hard-fought match against a side that is becoming a nice friendly rivalry with the men from Clayton. In a hard hitting affair, the two sides traded leads and big […]

Clayton Beverage Joins Clayton Rugby Family

CLAYTON, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is excited to announce that Clayton Beverage Company has signed on as a club sponsor thus adding to the growing Clayton Rugby Family. Clayton Beverage Company joins Woodall’s Fitness, Deep River Brewing, and Clayton Chiropractic as the main sponsors of the Bootleggers. Owner Steve Grantham opened Clayton […]

JCRF Selling Tickets to NACRA Championship

CLAYTON, NC – The Johnston County Rugby Foundation (JCRF), in conjunction with the Clayton Rugby Football Club and Clayton Copperheads Youth Rugby, is proud to offer area fans the opportunity to purchase tickets to the upcoming NACRA Olympic Rugby Qualification Tournament that is being held at the Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary on June […]

Tobacco Road Battles Past Clayton

RALEIGH, NC – This past Saturday, the Clayton Bootleggers travelled to Raleigh to take on the Tobacco Road Legends, a side made up of Old Boys from the Raleigh Rugby Club. The two sides met in the Fall for an exciting match and much of the same was expected as the two sides came into the match […]

Clayton Wins Spring Opener

The Clayton Rugby Football Club officially opened up their Spring season with a gutsy 27-14 win over Duke Grads. Played at the Poole Road Rugby complex, the match capped what was a day filled with rugby. The Clayton Copperheads youth teams played host to North Raleigh and a team from Tennessee for a full day of […]

Clayton Rugby Launches Non Profit

CLAYTON, NC – The growth of rugby in the Clayton area has been rapid and exciting to say the least. A sport that was largely unknown in the area just three years ago now has almost 200 active players from ages 6-55. With teams in every age group from youth to adult, the time has […]

Clayton Chiropractic Spotlight Player: Anthony Crumity

Each month, the Clayton Bootleggers shine a light on one of their players. Brought to you by Clayton Chiropractic, the club’s Spotlight Player of the Month for March of 2015 is Anthony Crumity. Name: Anthony Crumity Age: 23 Hometown: Rochester, NY Currently Resides: Selma, NC Height: 5’10 Weight: 200 Position: Center, Scrumhalf Years Playing Rugby: 4 […]

Clayton Adds Coaching Duo

After going without a designated coach during their first full year of existence, one of the Clayton Rugby Football Club’s top priorities for 2015 was to appoint a Head Coach to help guide the development of the club’s teams. With a fast-growing playing base, it was an absolute necessity for the club. After a few […]

New Website Launched – Bootleggers 2.0

CLAYTON, NC – This afternoon, the Clayton Rugby Football Club launched a new website to go along with the club’s continued progress forward. While there was nothing wrong with the previous website, the new site has a cleaner look and more professional feel. To go along with that, the site offers improved functionality and a host […]

Clayton Chiropractic Spotlight Player: Jon Ryan

The Clayton Chiropractic Spotlight Player of the Month for February is Jon Ryan. The Clayton Bootleggers would like to thank Clayton Chiropractic and Dr. Karel Lloyd for their continued support of our club both on and off the field. Name: Jon Ryan Age: 31 Hometown: Sterling, VA Currently Resides: Winterville, NC Height: 5’11” Weight: 210 Position: Flanker/Inside […]

Clayton Releases Spring 2015 Schedule

The Clayton Rugby Football Club is excited to announce their Spring 2015 Schedule. The schedule should prove to be a test of the club’s development as an increase in playing numbers led the club to add a couple more fixtures than originally planned. The schedule includes a few familiar opponents for the Bootleggers along with first-time matches against […]

Clayton Rugby Names Board for 2015

This past Saturday, the Clayton Rugby Football Club held the club’s first ever Annual General Meeting of club members. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a review of 2014 to club members, lay out plans for 2015, accept club bylaws, and vote on Board positions for 2015. Held at Woodall’s Fitness, there was […]

Clayton Chiropractic Spotlight Player : Blake Cowan

Throughout 2015, Clayton Rugby and Clayton Chiropractic will be sharing a Spotlight Player each month. The Spotlight Player series is an opportunity to share a little bit more about the many players and supporters that are involved with Clayton Rugby. The January Clayton Chiropractic Spotlight Player is Blake Cowan. Name: Blake Cowan Age: 31 years old […]

2015 Clayton Rugby AGM Announced

Clayton Rugby Football Club Notice of Annual General Meeting December 18th, 2014 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 1st Annual General Meeting of the Clayton Rugby Football Club will be held at Woodall’s Fitness on Saturday January 31st, 2015 at 12:00 noon. Location: Woodall’s Fitness, 107 Best Wood Drive, Clayton, NC 27520 Time: 12:00pm (Noon) […]

Clayton Names 2014 Award Winners

This past Sunday, the Clayton Bootleggers celebrated the end of the year with a Christmas party that brought together the players and their families for one final bash to end the club’s first full year in existence. Almost 60 people gathered at Deep River Brewing to laugh, drink, and eat a whole bunch of food […]

High School Rugby Coming to Johnston County

The sport of rugby continues to blossom in the small community of Clayton, NC. After starting with just ten kids a few years ago, the Clayton Copperheads Youth Rugby program is launching the first-ever High School Rugby team in Johnston County. The addition of the High School team now gives the Copperheads a complete sweep […]

High School Rugby Coming to Johnston County

The sport of rugby continues to blossom in the small community of Clayton, NC. After starting with just ten kids a few years ago, the Clayton Copperheads Youth Rugby program is launching the first-ever High School Rugby team in Johnston County. The addition of the High School team now gives the Copperheads a complete sweep […]

Bootleggers Close Out Fall On a High Note

The Clayton Bootleggers closed out their inaugural season on a high note with back to back wins. The new squad took some lumps early in the Fall, after starting off the season with a very difficult stretch of games against Division III playoff teams. As a brand new club in the region, it would have been easy to […]

Clayton Falls to Southern Pines in Opener

The Clayton Rugby Football Club opened up their Fall season with a road loss to Southern Pines. The Bootleggers travelled a bit thin to face off against Southern Pines, who reached the DIII Carolinas Rugby Union playoffs in the Spring. Southern Pines showed exactly why they were a playoff team as they pushed the tempo […]

Fall 2014 Schedule Released

The Clayton Rugby Football Club has released their Fall 2014 schedule. The schedule consists of eight matches against squads from all across the State of North Carolina. As a brand new club, the schedule should prove to be challenging as it is heavy on road games. The club is in the process of having goal […]

Fundraiser a Huge Success

The Clayton RFC, in conjunction with Deep River Brewery, hosted a BBQ Plate fundraiser this past Sunday to benefit the Clayton Copperheads Youth Rugby Club as well as the Clayton RFC Men’s teams. Clayton’s resident club chef’s Philip “Paddy O” Davies and JG Van Graan put out a full menu of Southern favorites. The club […]

Tale of Two Halves at the King of the Hill 7s

It was a tale of two halves as the Clayton RFC went 1-3 at the King of the Hill 7s hosted by the Chapel Hill Warriors. During the first half of each game, the Bootleggers battled against even the toughest opposition in the tournament and looked every bit of a competitive 7s team. However, the […]

Tale of Two Halves at the King of the Hill 7s

It was a tale of two halves as the Clayton RFC went 1-3 at the King of the Hill 7s hosted by the Chapel Hill Warriors. During the first half of each game, the Bootleggers battled against even the toughest opposition in the tournament and looked every bit of a competitive 7s team. However, the […]

BBQ Plate Fundraiser Set for August 10th

If you are interested in attending the fundraiser, please contact us at claytonrfc@gmail.com or contact a player or coach to purchase tickets. Thank you for your support!          

Bootleggers Go 1-3 at State Games

The Clayton Rugby Football Club played their first-ever tournament this past Saturday as they participated in the State Games of North Carolina in the Men’s Social Division. Having not played 7s together, it was uncertain as to how the team would fare, but expectations were still high. Played at the Mecklenburg County Sports Complex in Matthews, […]

Clayton RFC Wrapping Up Busy Spring

The Clayton Rugby Football Club is close to wrapping up a very busy Spring season which saw the team grow from a handful of players to well over 20 men on the roster. The club also successfully grew the number of coaches that are now helping out with our growing youth program. The Clayton RFC […]

1st Practice a Success!

The Clayton Rugby Football Club had their first official practice this past weekend at the East Clayton Community Park. The first practice was a huge success with 14 players turning out (and a handful that were not in attendance). The mix of players ranged from long time rugby veterans to players that are brand new […]

Clayton RFC Invited to PowerAde State Games of NC

This past week, the Clayton Rugby Football Club received an invitation to play in the PowerAde State Games of North Carolina. This is the first time that rugby will be played as part of the State Games and it is a very exciting development. Rugby 7s will be the form of rugby that will be […]

Rugby America Announced as Sponsor

The sponsor news keeps on rolling in for the Clayton Rugby Football Club as the club has inked well-known American rugby news outlet Rugby America to a sponsorship agreement. Founded in 2008, Rugby America has become one of the go-to news sites for American rugby fans. Rugby America has long-been a champion of grassroots rugby […]

Initial Practice Schedule Announced: First Practice March 1st!

The Clayton Rugby Football Club has released their initial practice schedule for the Spring of 2014. Practices will be held every other week starting on Saturday March 1st, 2014. As the team begins to build, additional practice dates will be announced. Depending on playing numbers, the club has offers on the table for matches in […]

Woodall’s Fitness & Performance Center Partners with the Clayton RFC

Clayton, NC – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is proud to announce that Woodall’s Fitness & Performance Center has signed a partnership agreement with the Clayton Rugby Football Club that sees Woodall’s become the primary jersey sponsor for the club as well as the Official Fitness Center for the Clayton RFC. Benefits of the partnership go well […]

CustomRugbyJerseys.Net Signs On As Sponsor

The Clayton Rugby Football club is proud to announce that CustomRugbyJerseys.Net has signed on as the first official sponsor of the Clayton Rugby Football Club. CustomRugbyJerseys.Net is responsible for some of the most unique jersey designs in American rugby. Aside from becoming a sponsor of the club, they are also now the official uniform and apparel […]

First Practice Coming Soon!

There will be an informal practice/information session sometime mid-February. Anyone interested in joining the club or would like to learn more about rugby is encouraged to come out. The practice will likely be on a Saturday morning or early afternoon. We’ll get everyone out for a little bit of fitness and play some touch rugby […]

Clayton Rugby Football Club

Welcome to the Clayton Rugby Football Club’s home on the internet. Keep checking back as the site is just getting up and running and there will be a number of updates and changes in the coming weeks and months. Nicknamed “The Bootleggers”, the Clayton RFC is the first men’s rugby club to ever form in Johnston County (North Carolina). […]