Mission Statement

To encourage the participation in, development, appreciation and enjoyment of rugby union by all sectors of the community. To develop players’ individual and team skills and abilities to maximize their potential. To strive to promote the Club and the Community, attract players, retain the players developed in-house, and retain the support of the Community, fans, and sponsors. 

Through these principal objectives a range of benefits are achieved. Increased physical activity for children and adults; improved health and fitness; Community spirit, identity and enterprise; financially stable and robust Club business; A profile as one of the United States emerging rugby clubs that develops and attracts players, volunteers, sponsors and spectators.

About the Clayton RFC

The Clayton Rugby Football Club was founded in the Fall of 2013. The club is a community based Rugby Club within the Carolinas Geographic Rugby Union and a member of USA Rugby. The club currently fields two Men’s sides (DIII & Social) as well as an Old Boys team. The club also fields two separate 7s teams in the Summer.

The Clayton RFC is also heavily involved in youth rugby throughout the area running an in house flag rugby program and providing rugby outreach activities for children in Johnston County. 

The Clayton RFC was founded with the goal of rethinking the model of what a rugby club should offer it’s members and what it can provide the community as a whole. While the club actively recruits with the goal of expanding our playing numbers and level of competition, the true measure of the Clayton RFC’s success will be found in how we contribute to our community and how many new people we can introduce to the sport of Rugby Union.

Clayton RFC exists for players of all ages and skill levels. There is a place for every type of player within the club, whether you have never played before or are a seasoned veteran. One of the major goals of the club is to provide a friendly and enjoyable rugby club experience both on and off the pitch.

The Clayton Rugby Football Club is legally recognized as a non-profit corporation by the North Carolina Secretary of State and has IRS 501(c)3 non profit status as a Public Charity. All donations to the Clayton RFC are tax deductible.

About our Team

The Clayton RFC is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors that serve two year terms with the club voting on three positions each year. The club also has a General Committee made up of appointed members tasked with specific jobs within our club. We also use various Committees to oversee Fundraising, Recruiting/Marketing, Tournaments, and our Land Development Project.

Our leadership group is tasked with carrying out the mission of the Clayton RFC and fulfilling goals set forth in our Five Year Development Plan that was published in 2017.

To learn more about the Clayton RFC, please use the contact form below or email us at

Board of Directors

  • President - Ted Hardy
  • Vice President - Gary Fogarty
  • Secretary - Andrew McCullagh
  • Treasurer - Anthony Bevelacqua
  • Youth Director - Nick Taylor
  • Facility Chair - Jeff Barley
  • President Ex-Oficio - Philip Davies

General Committee

  • Club Captain - Gareth Davies
  • Match Secretary - Eric Hile
  • Fundraising Chair - Brian Anderson
  • Social Chair - Dan Parker
  • Wive's Group Representative - Michelle Hardy
  • Player Welfare Rep - Walter Webster

Ed Dixon

Dixon is one of the original members of the Clayton RFC. He was a front row stalwart for the club before moving over to coaching due to injuries. Ed, a native of New Zealand, brings a structured and innovative coaching style to the club. He has coached youth, High School, Collegiate, and Men’s rugby throughout the region. 

Jason Niemiller

Niemiller is a founding member of the Clayton RFC. After injuries forced him to the sidelines, Niemiller took over the club’s summer 7s program. Over the past two seasons, he has gotten more and more involved coaching on the XVs side. Jason played in college at national powerhouse Bowling Green University. He has coached at all levels throughout the region and nationally. He has coached with multiple select side 7s teams.

Rich Munro

A founding member of the Clayton RFC, Munro took over the club coaching duties in 2016 and led the club to the CGRU playoffs in 2017/18 and 2018/19. Rich has since stepped down as head coach of the club, but remains involved as an assistant coach. Rich was an All-Midwest player during his playing days with the Akron RFC.