Tag: Rugby

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 The previous agreement has been replaced by a more robust partnership that expands upon the terms of their original agreement.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.”





Clayton RFC Partners with ECU Rugby

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CLAYTON, North Carolina – The Clayton Rugby Football Club is proud to announce that they have entered into a formal partnership agreement with East Carolina University Rugby Club. The partnership agreement is the culmination of a relationship that has progressed over the past few years. The partnership provides a platform for the ECU to make use of resources, provided by the Clayton RFC, to help build on the strong rugby tradition at the university. It also creates post-collegiate opportunities for ECU grads to continue their playing careers with one of the fastest growing clubs in the United States.

“We’re excited to grow our relationship with ECU Rugby,” said Clayton RFC President Ted Hardy. “From the very early days of our club we’ve had great interactions with ECU Rugby and it has continued to grow from there. We’re honored that they are interested in formalizing our relationship and we’re looking forward to working with them even more closely in the future.”

The partnership provides a number of benefits to ECU Rugby including equipment donations, coaching and player development opportunities, and administrative support among many other items. As the partnership develops, more new initiatives are planned to come on line that are aimed at supporting and promoting ECU Rugby to High School players looking to play at the collegiate level. With the new Clayton Rugby Park soon to break ground and expected to open in mid-2018, the Clayton RFC hopes to arrange some collegiate showcase matches at the facility to put ECU Rugby in the spotlight for local players and fans.

“We here at East Carolina Rugby are proud to have a formal partnership with the Clayton Bootleggers,” said ECU Rugby President Austin Rabah. “For the last few years both our clubs strive to grow the game of rugby in our areas. With this partnership I believe that both our clubs will reach new heights.”

In recent years, multiple ECU grads have taken the pitch for the Bootleggers. A trend that both clubs hope to see continue and grow in the future. One of which is the active Recruiting Director for the Clayton RFC Gareth Davies.

“This is a great opportunity for both of our clubs to build and grow together,” added Davies. “Our top priority is helping ECU in any way that we can. If we end up with more ECU grads coming to play rugby in Clayton, that’s a bonus.”

Founded in 1975, East Carolina University Rugby is a Division II Collegiate Rugby program that plays in the Southern Rugby Conference and boasts a rich history. In recent years, the club has been to nationals in both XVs and 7s with their most recent trip being to the 7s Nationals in 2015.

The Clayton Rugby Football Club currently offers three teams with a fourth in development. Founded in 2013 and having played their first game in mid-2014, the club has grown quickly with a focus on a family friendly and community driven culture. The club currently fields the following teams: Competitive (D3), Social/Developmental (D4), Old Boys (Over 35), and they are in the process of developing a U20 program for recent High School graduates. The teams are about to begin pre-season training to prepare for the 2017/2018 playing season. New players are welcome at any time during the season. No experience is needed.

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.