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Clayton RFC Expands Partnership with World Rugby Shop

CLAYTON, NC – After negotiations over the past month, the Clayton Rugby Football Club is proud to announce that they have come to an agreement on a long term deal with World Rugby Shop that expands upon the current partnership between the two organizations. The Clayton RFC first partnered with World Rugby Shop in 2015 and the partnership has since blossomed into a close and active relationship. Aside from providing equipment, uniforms, and apparel to the Clayton RFC’s players and fans, the two groups have expanded their collaboration to work together on the CottonTown 7s Rugby Festival and Player and Coaching Development Camps hosted in Clayton.

The agreement covers a broad range that sees both the Clayton RFC and World Rugby Shop enhance their mutually beneficial bonds. The previous agreement has been replaced by a more robust partnership that expands upon the terms of their original agreement. The biggest change is the focus on the development of the Johnston County Rugby Park, which is a joint project between the Clayton RFC and the Town of Wilson’s Mills, NC.

“World Rugby Shop is excited to enter into a partnership with Clayton RFC and Wilson’s Mills,” said Trevor Caterson, Multi-Sport Account Representative at Sports Endeavors, Inc. the parent company of World Rugby Shop. “As a relatively new club, Clayton has shown tremendous dedication to not only grow their club but to grow rugby as a whole in our home state of North Carolina. As a company, our core values are to inform, innovate and inspire the growth of rugby in the US and we believe the work that Clayton RFC is doing with their Wilson’s Mills project encompasses these values to the fullest.  We are very excited to be apart what the future holds! “

The new agreement is already in place and was launched with an updated team shop for the Bootleggers that now includes merchandise from Gilbert and Under Armour along with other fan shop apparel never before offered in the club’s team shop. The World Rugby Shop presence will also be noticeable when the Johnston County Rugby Park opens in 2018.

“We couldn’t be happier to come to a new agreement with World Rugby Shop,” said Clayton RFC President Ted Hardy. “We are excited to have them on board as we prepare to open a new chapter for the club with our new rugby facility. Their support over the past couple of years has been extraordinary and we look forward to continuing to grow and strengthen our relationship.”





One Week Until the CottonTown 7s

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CLAYTON, NC – The excitement is building as there’s just one week until the 2nd Annual CottonTown 7s kicks off. After pulling in 18 teams to the event in it’s inaugural year, expectations were high going into 2017. Hosted at East Clayton Community Park, this year’s rendition is poised to raise the bar even higher. The tournament has added a new Women’s Division and a third field to the festivities. With the extra space, the tournament is set to surpass 30 teams this season. On top of that, the tournament is part of the Carolinas 7s Series and serving as a USA Rugby 7s National Qualifying Event for Men’s and Women’s teams.

“We set the bar high when we started to lay out plans for this year,” said Clayton RFC President Ted Hardy. “We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to deliver an even better tournament for all of our visiting teams and fans in attendance. We hit our registration goal, now it’s our turn to deliver a great tournament for all of the players, teams, and fans.”

To go along with the newly added Women’s Qualifier/Club Division the CottonTown 7s also boasts a Men’s Qualifier/Club Division, the always enjoyable Men’s Whole Hog (Social) Division, and a High School Boys Division. The tournament field includes teams from all around North and South Carolina. All three of the 2016 Champions return to the tournament with Southern Pines coming back as the reigning Men’s Club Champion, Charlotte Junior Rugby Association won the High School Division last season, and the hometown Bootleggers Forwards Team returns as the Whole Hog Champs.

The 2017 CottonTown 7s is set to be hotly contested with a strong group of teams entered into the tournament. Triangle area sides entered into the tournament include the Bootleggers whom have teams in both the Men’s Qualifier/Club & Whole Hog Divisions, Clayton Copperheads (HS), Raleigh Venom (Women’s), North Raleigh Redhawks (HS), Chapel Hill Warriors (Men’s Qualifier/Club), and Chapel Hill Highlanders (HS).

With somewhere between 60-70 games played throughout the day, there will be plenty of rugby action to keep fans entertained. Fans looking for a break in the action have food and drink concessions, local vendors, and a rugby merchandise tent to divert their attention.

“From the time we came up with a plan to launch a 7s tournament, we wanted to bring in the community aspect,” added Hardy. “We hope to see that grow even more in the coming years to the point where this festival is just as much about the fans as it is about the rugby.”

The tournament kicks off at 9am on Saturday July 15th at East Clayton Community Park. There is no charge for admission or parking at the event. Fans are encouraged to engage in the tournament throughout the day by using #cottontown7s whenever they post pictures to their various social media accounts.

The Clayton Rugby Football Club would like to thank CottonTown 7s sponsors Deep River Brewing Company, World Rugby Shop, and the Johnston County Visitor’s Bureau for their support of this year’s event.

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.

1486713_10208226569892908_5079816979993165698_nRookie of the Year – Luke Haskins – Haskins joined the club over the winter, taking part in workouts and showed early that he had what it takes to play rugby. Haskins showed heart, a disregard for his body, and a passion for learning. Initially looked at as a possible back rower, Luke ended up as a utility back playing nearly every position in the back line. He played in 10 matches for the 1st XV in 2015 (Tied for 3rd on the team) as well as three for the 2nds where he slotted in at flyhalf.


10437687_10208226569412896_72388872875159785_nMost Valuable Back – Brendan Fitzpatrick – After playing in a couple games for the Bootleggers in 2014, Fitzpatrick committed to playing for Clayton late in the Spring of 2015 and made an immediate impact on the squad. A prototypical scrumhalf, Brendan filled a role that the Bootleggers were missing and helped bring consistency to an important position. Fitzpatrick played in seven matches for the 1st XV in 2015, scoring one try and making 11 conversions for a total of 27 points.


1385526_10208226568772880_2851185453612458970_nMost Valuable Forward – Ted Hardy – One of two players on the roster to appear in every Bootlegger match in 2015, Hardy was the only to start every 1st XV match. Ted played the bulk of the year at No. 8, but also saw time at flanker and Captained the team in nine matches. Hardy tied for the team lead in tries scored with nine and played an active role in the new offensive scheme put in place by the coaching staff.


At the conclusion of the Awards ceremony, the club surprised one of our members with the announcement of a new award. Philip “Paddy O” Davies has been an active member since the club’s inception and prefers to do his work behind the scenes. A jack of all trades, Paddy O serves on the club’s Board of Directors, cooks at all of our socials, and fills in wherever needed. Never one to ask for gratitude or recognition, Paddy O has been instrumental in the success the club has had in our first two years. As a way to show our thanks, the Clayton RFC has created the Philip Davies Award for Service to the Clayton Rugby Football Club. The award will be awarded in the future to club members that go above and beyond in the service of the club.

Fittingly, the very first Davies Award was given to Paddy O.

The Clayton Bootleggers would like to thank all of the players, families, fans, and volunteers that make our club so special. Without each and every one of you, we could not continue to grow and spread rugby in the area. The club has some huge plans in the works and look forward to the day that we can share them with everyone.