Rugby's return in sight for Eastbourne RFC

Eastbourne Rugby Club are excited to announce that with the easing of lockdown, rugby will recommence from March 29.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 5:04 pm
With rugby's return not far off, Eastbourne RFC 'can’t wait to get back onto the pitch'. Picture by Lee Brett Photography

This applies to all sections including men, colts, women and girls plus the minis and youth age grades. The RFU have extended the season until the end of May.

Nick Chambers, the Head of Rugby at Eastbourne RFC said: “We look forward to welcoming our players, members and patrons back to the club to enjoy the sport we have all missed for too long now.

“The players and coaches can’t wait to get back onto the pitch and blow away the cobwebs.

“We would like to thank all our rugby community for their continued support in these challenging times”.

Senior men and colts train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm.

The women and girls train on Tuesday evenings from 7pm.

Minis and youth (school Years 1 to 11) train on Sundays from 10am.

New players are welcome to come along and join in, just turn up and find a coach or contact the club through the website -

pitchero.com/clubs/eastbournerugbyclub/

Following the government’s announcement that organised outdoor sport can resume from March 29, the RFU published a new ‘Return to Community Rugby Roadmap’ on March 5.

The roadmap summarises the plan for a phased return to full contact rugby, subject to each step on the government roadmap being met.

On March 29 contact training will return minus scrums and mauls.

Less than a month later on April 26, matches can be played but under the new adapted laws.

It is anticipated that full contact training will return on May 17, provided there is no increase in Covid-19 figures.

If that criteria has been met, full contact matches could be staged a fortnight later on May 31.

RFU Rugby Development Director, Steve Grainger said: “It’s wonderful to see light at the end of the tunnel and we are as delighted as clubs and players across the country that they will soon be able to resume training and, subject to each step on government’s roadmap being achieved, progress towards an exciting season of rugby for 2021/22 from September.