Johnson City Rugby


We’re a growing rugby team in Johnson City, TN! No experience necessary, we will teach you everything you need to know about the great sport of rugby!

About Our Team

Johnson City Rugby was established in 1981 by an Englishman, Peter Cholerton, who immigrated to this area.

He recruited men from the local community and East Tennessee State University. Over the years Johnson City Rugby has had numerous sponsors and varying degrees of success, include being back-to-back Midsouth champion in 2010 & 2011. We have also had current and former club players represent the club internationally playing for USAR South Panthers and the USA Eagles (National Team). The Johnson City Rugby is now part of USA Rugby and the Carolina Rugby Union, which means we are a nationally sanctioned club.





Today, a group of locals, newly relocated residents, supporters from overseas — and rugby fans that wish to be a part of something big — are carrying on the legacy of original 1981 team started by Peter Cholerton.

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Rugby is the fastest growing sport in America! Help support its growth right here in our local community! The purpose of the Johnson City Rugby Club is to practice, teach and promote the sport of rugby, while being an active organization within the local community, encouraging an active and harmonious social life among all its supporters. 

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