By: Cort Schmidlin
CLAYTON – There is rugby in Clayton, North Carolina, and it is not small. Rugby is the fastest growing sport in the United States and Clayton Youth Rugby Club is one of more than 2500 U.S. organizations, and the second biggest in North Carolina and the culture it is fostering is not only making them better athletes but better people. Youth sports as they should be.
On March 5th and 6th, Clayton Rugby was on display at the 19th Ruggerfest in Charlotte, the state’s biggest youth rugby event and the beginning of the season for many teams, and Clayton was well represented.
The boy’s varsity team went undefeated in its division, scoring more than 20 points in each of its games and beating teams from Georgia, Illinois, and Virginia. This strong showing moved the team from previously unranked to 43rd in the country. Not in the Southeast. Not on the East coast. 43rd in the whole country. And youth rugby is not just for older boys.
The high school girls also went undefeated outscoring all of its opponents from South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and the middle school team also won all of its games.
Clayton Rugby is building championship teams on a strong foundation with enough kids 10 years old and under to field two teams, with the top 10U team also going undefeated and taking home the first-place trophy.
Anyone who wants to be part of the winning culture contact Clayton Youth Rugby Club via Facebook, Instagram (claytonrugby), or Twitter (@ClaytonRugby).