NAME: Rachel Johnson
BIRTHPLACE: Carmel, Illinois
HEIGHT: 1.68m / 5ft 7in
WEIGHT: 77kg / 12st 1lbs
PREVIOUS CLUBS: Oregon
HONOURS: USA Eagles
CHIEFS APPEARANCES: 7
CHIEFS TRIES: 6
CHIEFS POINTS: 30
ABOUT RACHEL: Rachel picked up rugby when she was 19 at Reed College for extra physical education credit, falling in love with the sport and its culture and seeking out a local rugby club to remain a part of.
As she continued to grow through rugby, Johnson won a National Championship in 2014 with Oregon Rugby and added a Club Sevens Dream Team nomination in 2016. The following year she was the Women's Premier League Top Try Scorer, named to the Women's Premier League Dream Team and even won a National Championship with USA Touch Rugby.
Johnson earned her first cap with the U.S. Women's National Team 15s in November of 2018 against the New Zealand Black Ferns at the Rugby Weekend in Chicago. Her love for rugby has also extended to coaching as she serves as Head Coach of Reed College's programME while also pursuing a nursing degree.
She moved to the Chiefs at the start of 2021, teaming up with international colleagues Kate Zackary, Jennine Duncan, Gabby Cantorna and Joanna Kitlinski, and quickly made an impression at her new club, securing her side’s third try in a victory over champions Saracens at Sandy Park.
Having not started playing rugby until she went to college in Portland, Johnson’s trajectory in the sport has been impressive, earning selection for Oregon Sports Union RFC in the Women’s Premier League shortly after college and earning her first international cap in 2018.
She also owns a Bachelors Degree in Community Health.