Hughston, from Charlotte, North Carolina, started playing rugby in 2007, during his senior year at Providence High School. After graduation, he thought about walking on to the football team at East Carolina University, but decided to continue playing rugby. In 2009, he was part of the USA Under 20 team that won silver in the Junior World Trophy held in Kenya. He was selected as a Men’s Collegiate All American twice, as well as earning selection onto the Collegiate All-South XVs team.
After graduating ECU, Hughston joined Charlotte Rugby Football Club and continued to impress with his athleticism and physical style of play. He has been called into multiple training camps with the USA national team, in both codes of the game. He was a 2016 Olympic hopeful, participating in multiple 7s High Performance camps. He has toured with both the USA South men’s sevens and fifteens programs, while serving as captain. In 2017, he joined fellow RUNY player Connor Wallace-Sims on the USA Falcons tour of South America.
Hughston was a dominant force in the inaugural season of Major League Rugby, earning 2nd team all MLR honors at the end of the season. He was selected to the “Team of the Week” 4 times over the course of the 8-week season. He was largely recognized as one of the most imposing back-row players in the league.