This week the RFU announced there will be no return to competitive fixtures until January 2021, at the earliest.

This news will be a disappointment to many but the confirmation of what many suspected does at least offer our club the opportunity to carefully assess and plan what we must do to prepare properly in the period up to Christmas, so that all players, members, sponsors and spectators have something tangible to look forward to in the New Year.

In response to this decision Director of Rugby Sam Simpson takes a positive view  "Next week all our coaches will meet on Zoom to discuss our progress so far this season and agree the next steps we’ll take to maintain a progression of activity in the months ahead.  We appreciate the commitment we’ve received so far in renewed memberships and support and it’s important we consider how we continue to keep rugby attractive to our players, our sponsors and our community. Although social gatherings are not permitted, Rugby Union has a government approved return to play protocol in place, which means the organised outdoor activities we host here at Eccles that follow the strict guidelines can continue.  Our Saturday Touch Rugby is growing in popularity every week and our Minis and Juniors are seeing good numbers on Sunday mornings.  We can't foresee what the outcome of this delay in fixtures might be going forward for rugby and Eccles, but if we don’t loose heart, keep our commitment and keep enjoying our training we’ll be ready for the green light when it happens."

news articles

  • Eccles to host Mini Warrior Session for Girls

    Sun 18 Oct 2020 21:57

    Mini Warrior Session: Sunday 1st November 2020 10am- 11am The Eccles RFC 'Mini Warrior' session will be a whole-club engagement event to celebrate our junior female players and give … view

  • 2020 Coaching CPD sessions

    Mon 12 Oct 2020 22:26

    The postponement of competitive fixtures until 2021 and suspension of midweek Junior training, has provided the club with a unique opportunity to address a number of areas of … view

  • Seward sustain their support

    Mon 12 Oct 2020 17:11

    During uncertain times when you're under pressure, be that defending a goal line or fighting a pandemic, having dependable support around you is invaluable.  The coronavirus, … view

  • New Season. New Habits. New Programme.

    Thu 24 Sep 2020 12:11

    A warm welcome to all our members and sponsors to the 2020/21 season. Social gatherings maybe prevented but the Government has confirmed that organised sports activities that are … view