Nike Rugby Camp at Clemson University

Nike Rugby Camp at Clemson University
Nike Rugby Camp at Clemson University

Join Clemson Head Rugby Coach, Justin Hickey, and former Team USA U20 Coach, Scott Lawrence, for an incredible rugby experience this summer in South Carolina. Campers reside in university dorms and train on the Clemson rugby fields.

The Nike Rugby Camp at Clemson offers a four-day, three-night camp experience directed by a nationally recognized staff. The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, high performance education modules, competitive match play, all meals, housing and evening group activities. Whether you're new to the sport or looking to advance your existing skill set, this program can provide the tools to improve your abilities on the rugby pitch.

Highlights Include

  • Camp instruction and direction by nationally recognized coaching staff
  • Skill-based group structuring to maximize the advantage for players of all ages and abilities
  • Small group sizes: approximately an 8:1 player to staff ratio
  • Focus on individual skill development and team play
  • Seminar sessions on nutrition, mental preparation, strength & conditioning, and film analysis
  • Experience campus life with accommodations at Clemson University
  • Match competition on final day of camp

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Justin Hickey

Justin Hickey

Coach Hickey is in his fifth season as head coach of the successful Clemson Tiger Rugby Program. The 2014 ACRL season saw the Tigers repeat as conference champions with a second consecutive perfect 6-0 record, and were awarded a trip to the "Palmetto Bowl" as part of the American Collegiate Rugby Championship Bowl Series, in Charlotte, NC. 

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There, they met Southeastern Rugby Conference Champions, and in state rivals, the University of South Carolina. The Tigers turned in a dominant performance, dismantling the Gamecocks by a score of 40-14.

Hickey was recently named assistant coach for the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans. Previously, he worked for two years as manager for the USA Rugby U-20 Junior All-American Team that competed in the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in T'Bilisi, Georgia in 2011, and won the competition in Salt Lake City, UT in June 2012, earning the USA promotion to the IRB Junior World Championship competition in 2013.

Coach Hickey began his coaching career where his playing career started, as assistant coach at Catholic Central High School, in Grand Rapids, MI. Hickey helped start the Davenport University Varsity Rugby team in Grand Rapids, in 2009, which went on to win the 2011 & 2012 USA Rugby Division 1AA National Championship. Coach Hickey served as assistant coach/manager for the USA Rugby High School All American 7s Team, which toured to British Columbia in 2011, as well as serving as manager of the USA Rugby High School All Americans from 2009-2010.

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Scott Lawrence

Scott Lawrence

Scott Lawrence is in his 14th season at Life University Rugby where he serves as the defense coach for the Men’s Club, Men’s Collegiate, and Women’s Collegiate sides while operating as lead coach for the Elite Training Group. 2015 also marks Scott's third year of directing Nike Rugby Camps.

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Coach Lawrence has filled the head coaching roles for the USA High School All-American team and the USA U20 Junior All-Americans. He led a staff (alongside Justin Hickey) to capture the IRB Junior World Trophy in 2012.  Coach Lawrence remains a resource coach and selector for the U20 program and an avid contributor to USA age grade rugby.

Prior to beginning his coaching career Coach Lawrence captained two National Championship teams and was capped as a USA Eagle on the National 15s and 7s team.

Phil Thiel

Phil Thiel

Team USA Player. Phil won his first cap in 2009 versus Uruguay and played three years with the Eagles, culminating with the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. He was selected to tour with...

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Team USA Player. Phil won his first cap in 2009 versus Uruguay and played three years with the Eagles, culminating with the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. He was selected to tour with the United States national rugby union team for the Autumn 2010 tour of Europe. His debut with the Eagles was in November 2009 against Uruguay. He played in 3 matches for the USA in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

After the 2011 World Cup Phil made the switch codes to rugby league to play for Atlanta Legion. He played for the Life University Division I men’s team, and won the 2008 Men’s Division I national championship before Life became a member of the Super League. Born in Traverse City, Michigan to Robert and Cathy Thiel. Played football, wrestled and ran track in high school before finding rugby senior year and playing for the Traverse Bay Alliance RFC. 


Wright Henry

Former Clemson Rugby Head Coach, Current Clemson Assistant  

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Former Clemson Rugby Head Coach, Current Clemson Assistant


Nick Whitrow

Clemson Rugby Assistant Coach

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Clemson Rugby Assistant Coach


Chris Caso

Strength and Conditioning Coach for Life University & former USA High School All American S&C

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Strength and Conditioning Coach for Life University & former USA High School All American S&C


Zach Vynanek

Former Life University Player. Current Athletic Training Staff Member for the USA Eagles Men's National Team

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Former Life University Player. Current Athletic Training Staff Member for the USA Eagles Men's National Team

Camp Details

Nike Rugby Camps provide a high level training environment for young rugby athletes, based on focus, commitment, passion, work ethic, skill, and enjoyment. Players receive specialized coaching geared toward developing improved individual and team skills. With coaches who are passionate about the game of rugby, players can expect to further increase their love and motivation for the game.

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Program Options

The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, educational seminars, team strategies, match play, film analysis, meals, housing, and group activities. Campers will be staying in the Holmes residence halls located on campus as well as eating in campus dining halls.

Check-In and Check-Out

Check-in takes place between 1:00-2:00pm on Thursday, June 25th. Check-out takes place at 1:30pm on Sunday, June 28th. There is a camp scrimmage starting at 11:00am on final day, parents are invited to come watch!

Early Arrivals 

Early arrivals are responsible for own accommodations as dormitory accommodation is not available the night before camp starts.

Linens and A/C

Linens are included in the camp price and will be provided to campers. All dorms have air conditioning. 

Team Discounts 

Overnight campers: we are offering a $30 per player discount for five or more team members from the same team/club. Please call 800-645-3226 and register by phone to receive the discount.


Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff will reside in the residence halls with the campers and participate in evening activities. Supervision will be maintained at an 8:1 staff to camper ratio at all times. Campus rules and regulations will be strictly enforced at all times.


Campers are responsible for travel to and from camp. Those traveling by air are recommended to contact Anderson-Clemson Shuttle Services for a door to door drop off service from Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (888-732-5550). This service is provided as additional expense to the traveler, and is not included in the camp tuition.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided at Harcombe Dining Hall, featuring restaurant-style cuisine for customers looking for an "all-inclusive" alternative to current retail food courts. A trendy and comfortable environment has been provided for students to hang out with their friends, while providing healthy and diverse culinary options customized to meet their lifestyle needs.

Registration Packets

A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a checklist of what to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to arrival at camp.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am Wake up
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am Camp meeting
  • 9:30am Rugby training (games, drills, skill development)
  • 12:30pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm High performance educational seminar
  • 3:30pm Rugby Training (Skills, Drills, Games)
  • 6:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Camp meeting
  • 8:00pm Group evening activity
  • 11:00pm Lights out in dorm rooms

Camper Reviews

Brandon P. Camper

  • 5/5.
Elevate your Game!

"The rugby camp at Clemson University is a great experience.  It’s run by coaches with extensive knowledge of the game. I learned new aspects of rugby in addition to fine-tuning my fundamental skills. It’s truly a great camp for players who want to experience rugby as well as experienced players looking to elevate their performance."

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  • 4/5.
Worth the Money!

"Well worth the money!This camp is great to help improve your skills, and to get a better understanding of the game. Great overall atmosphere for competition and learning."

  • 5/5.
Springbok Fan!

"Since I come from south Africa I didn't expect the level of player or coaching to be as high as it was. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I would recommend the camps to all level of players."

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: All Skills
Age Group: 14 - 18
Gender: Boys
Overnight $475.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.