About Us

About Eclipse Rugby

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Eclipse Rugby was co-founded in the summer of 2016 by Sam Kelly, with coaches Mike Frugone and Chris Everett. Sam was the founder of the North Valley Scorpions club five years earlier in the summer of 2011. After five years he felt his vision was being subverted and the future of that club was in question. Disappointed and heartbroken, he left that club with no plans to be involved in youth rugby again.


However, Mike and Chris were also parents and coaches at North Valley, who had only recently joined, and did not live in that club's immediate area. They too were frustrated with the direction of that club and concluded with Sam that it might be good to start a new club closer to where they lived.


Eclipse started with only 5-6 kids at the first few practices in the Fall of 2016, but by the end of the spring 2017 season had 12 kids registered and combined with other new clubs for the older players. Despite being a new club, our Under-10 touch team went undefeated on the season, but lost a close match in the semifinal and finished 3rd.


The 2nd year saw our player numbers nearly double, even after losing 6 players from the first year (two players moved, another went to HS rugby, and three others focused other sports). Our already solid Under-10 team grew, strengthened and returned to dominance. We also fielded a full tackle team at that age, who also dominated despite most being new to rugby. But like the touch team the year before, the tackle team lost an OT match in the final by just one score.


We more than doubled our Under-12 and Under-14 players, but still had to merge with another club for full teams. However, combined, we had enough for our own Under-14 touch rugby team, who only had a draw and one win in regular season play, but pulled off a miracle win in the semifinal to reach the championship. They lost that match, but secured our second runner-up trophy, 3rd trophy overall, for the season.

2016-17 Season

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Seven of our 12 players were completely new to rugby, yet our Under-10 Touch Rugby team went undefeated in regular season play and only lost their semifinal match when our top scorer was out of town. Even though we didn't field a full Under-12 team, our players served as highlight reel stars on the team they merged with, who swept through and won the Under-12 division-2 season. 


Despite quick success and awesome players, we already had an uphill battle before the next year. After the season ended, we lost 6 of these players almost immediately - all very talented. Two moved out of state, two focused on other interests, and two were bothers helping us from Flagstaff who didn't have a youth team. The older brother moved up to HS rugby, so the younger brother focused on flag football. A very tough loss to incur.

2017-18 Season

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Despite losing half of our players from the prior year, we picked up quite a few new and talented players in the Fall of 2017. Our Under-10s fielded full teams in both Tackle and Touch. They dominated regular season play going undefeated in both codes, suffered their only loss in the Tackle final, in OT, but won the Touch final handily over the same team. 


We nearly had a full Under-12 team and picked up a couple new Under-14 boys, but still had to merge with other clubs for Tackle games. However, the two age groups combined for a solid U14 Touch team that surprised the entire division by the end of the season, despite having only three players with prior rugby experience. They nicely capped an already amazing season by their younger clubmates.

Spring 2017 Standings

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U8/U10 Touch Rugby Division

Spring 2018 Standings

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U8/U10 Touch Rugby Division

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U10 Tackle Division

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U10 Tackle Division

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U12 Tackle Division 2

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 U12 Tackle Division

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U12/U14 Touch Rugby Division

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 U12/U14 Touch Rugby Division 

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2018 U14 Boys Tackle Division