Highlanders Rugby Club of Chapel Hill, NC USA

 

Welcome to Highlanders Rugby.  Our mission is to provide our players & parents with the most positive sporting experience possible through the legendary rugby ethos.  What is the rugby ethos? Why is it so special?  Please take some time to move through this website to answer those questions.  Highlander Rugby is 100% inclusive and committed to the pillars of the rugby experience:  fun, teamwork, discipline, creativity, sportsmanship, & camaraderie.

Age of Club

State Championships

USA National Team Players

Years of Coaching Experience

Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph

U19 Head Coach and Club President

A native of Scotland, Robert moved with his familly to North Carolina in 2002. Initially Robert helped coach the Eno River Women’s Rugby team. In Novemeber 2003, disappointed with the lack of youth rugby in the Triangle area, Robert helped with a rugby demonstration as part of International Day at East Chapel Hill High School. After seeing a strong interest in a rugby team at the high school, Robert helped the establishment of the Highlanders Rugby Club. Robert is a forward coach and specializes in line outs. Robert is also the President of Highlanders Youth Rugby.

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Claude Hughes

Claude Hughes

Assistant Coach

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Jason Niemiller

Jason Niemiller

Assistant Coach

Jason has played rugby since 17. He’s played at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and for various clubs in Ohio and North Carolina. He has also been on several tours and training sessions in the United Kingdom. Currently, he serves as the Vice President for the Clayton Bootleggers RFC.

Jason has been involved in coaching youth rugby since 2012. He currently coaches the forwards with the Chapel Hill Highlanders U19 team.

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Richard Jordan

Richard Jordan

Assistant Coach

Richard has been playing or involved with rugby since the age of 8. After his playing days (as loosehead or tighthead prop) at school, college, army and club level in his native England, and in France, he became more of a fan than a player as the England team got better. He  moved to the USA and got involved again when his son started playing rugby and later joined the Highlanders U-15 team in 2007. Richard is in his fourth year of coaching with the Highlanders, and coaches the forwards. He also served on the Highlanders Board from 2011 to 2018.

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Adrian Laros

Adrian Laros

Assistant Coach

Adrian has rugby in his blood coming from South Africa applying his trade at a loose forward, predominately as 8th man. Adrian played rugby throughout his schooling career and went on to play for one of if not the top club in Cape Town (Villagers) for over a decade as well as playing semi-professional rugby in France. Adrian has also been coaching rugby since 1984, coaching high school teams as well as being the assistant coach of the men’s team at Life University in Atlanta, USA for 5 years.

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Lincoln Center

750 S Merritt Mill Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Lincoln Center

Mary Scroggs Elementary School

501 Kildaire Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Mary Scroggs rugby field

Cedar Falls Park

501 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Cedar Falls fields