Hughes was a member of the USA Rugby AIG Men's Junior All-American team that won the 2012 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Utah. He also pulled on the AIG MCAA jersey in 2013 and 2014 on tours of New Zealand and New England, respectively. Hughes won the 2013 Serevi RugbyTown Sevens Cup with Tony Pacheco's MCAA 7s squad and was selected to four stops of the 2013-14 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series.
Hughes was named Men's Eagles Sevens captain by Head Coach Mike Friday ahead of the 2014-15 Series, and has been instrumental in the team's rise to competitor status on the circuit. Following the London Sevens Cup victory in 2015 and the successful Olympic qualification campaign at the 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships, Hughes led the Series in points and conversions in 2015-16 with 331 and 108, respectively. He was chosen to captain the 12-man Team USA squad for Rugby Sevens' debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games.