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A BRIEF HISTORY

Eagles Rugby Club, Sandakan was formerly known as Sandakan Rugby Club Sabah (SRC). It was first granted registration by the Registrar of Societies on 24th February 2005.

However, in compliance with our country’s Sports Development Act of 1997, we have registered under the Sabah Sports Commissioner’s Office on 3rd October 2012 under registration No. 04/5449/2012(SBH).

ERC has right of use and management of a clubhouse building, rugby pitches and other facilities built on 5 acres of prime land located at Bandar Utama, Mile 6, Jalan Utara, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.

It is one of the very few sports facilities, if not the only, in Malaysia that was planned, designed and built specifically with the game of rugby in mind. In short, the club building, amenities and the pitches are ‘rugby-centric’.

Of course the clubhouse has other facilities like an international sized futsal court, a pool table, table tennis tables (including a special mechanized training table), table soccer and dart boards for members to enjoy.

There is also a newly completed 4 storey building which houses a canteen, coaches’ quarters and a dormitory capable of accommodating up to 60 players comfortably. It especially benefits school children coming from the rural areas to take part in rugby training or tournaments held in the city.

A two storey high performance cross training centre with a fully equipped gymnasium that features state of the art training equipment has recently been completed.

MESSAGE FROM THE CLUB PRESIDENT

THE EAGLES RUGBY CLUB BEARERS

COACHING AND JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT

Eagles Rugby Club is very much involved in the promotion and development of the game in Sabah.

At substantial expense, we have engaged highly qualified foreign coaches and players to help lift the game to higher levels through well planned programmes and regular training.

Together with Sabah Rugby Union, the Sabah Education Department and anchor sponsor IJM Plantations Berhad, we are building a sustainable reservoir of young rugby talents through the Sabah Academy for Rugby Excellence where over 50 schools throughout Sabah are involved. There is also a ‘Centre for Rugby Excellence’ project at Sandakan Secondary School where around 40 sports-inclined boys are groomed by professional Fijian coaches 5 days a week to learn the finer aspects of the game. Almost all their daily necessities and academic requirements are also taken care of e.g. extra food and tuition classes.

These mid and long-term plans are expected to bear fruit in the near future and our home state of Sabah should reap the benefits and reaffirm itself as a premier rugby force in the country.

ORGANISING AND SUPPORTING TOURNAMENTS

Eagles Rugby Club, jointly with Sabah Rugby Union and IJM Plantations Berhad, also provides all necessary support to the Sabah School Sports Council to organize and promote numerous junior tournaments such as all MSSS and MSSM rugby events.

Our coaches regularly assist at rugby camps and clinics which were usually organized in preparation for tournaments.

ERC also directly organizes and sources funds for two major annual tournaments targeting school children.

The annual 10s and 7s Age-Group events continue to be keys components of the Sabah junior rugby calendar drawing overwhelming participation from schools all over Sabah - so much so that housing the hundreds of students became a major challenge by itself.

ERC has also developed good networking with international rugby clubs and in 2011 twenty Under-14 students accompanied by 2 officials were sent to New Zealand for a 3-week rugby learning attachment which included attending training camps at a leading rugby institution there and playing in local tournaments. Another training/learning excursion to New Zealand was successfully organized at the end of 2012 with Under-16 and Under-20 boys having their turn to experience rugby boot camps in Auckland. The programme continued in 2014 when another batch of twenty Under-15 youth underwent 23 days of training at rugby academies in New Zealand.

Similar learning/playing tours are also planned to Fiji and Samoa in the near future.

In conclusion, ERC have set in place both short and long term strategies that would aim to cement a firm foundation for the future of the game in Sabah.

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

2002

★ Borneo 10s International Clubs (Cup Champion)
★ Royal Brunei Yacht Rugby Club & Labuan Rugby Club International Rugby 10s (Cup Champion)


2003

★ Borneo 10s International Clubs (Cup Champion)


2004

★ 4th COBRA 10s Borneo (Cup Champion)
★ Borneo 10s International Clubs (Cup Champion)


2005

★ 4th Labuan International Rugby 10s (Cup Champion)
★ Alor Star City International 7s (Cup Champion)
★ Borneo 10s International Clubs (Cup Champion)
★ Manila SEA Games International 7s (Gold Medalist)
★ Singapore Cricket Club 7s (Plate Champion)


2006

★ Malaysia Rugby Union’s National Inter-Club Championships / Super Cup (Cup Champion)
★ Negeri Sembilan Royal 7s (Cup Champion)
★ HSBC-COBRA International 10s (Plate Champion)


2007

★ Borneo 10s International Clubs (Cup Champion)
★ HSBC-COBRA International 10s (Cup Semifinalist)


2008

★ Jonah Jones International 7s (Cup Champion)
★ GFI Hong Kong FC 10s (Plate Runner up)
★ Sri Lanka Airlines 7s (Cup Champion)
★ Singapore Cricket Club 7s (Plate Champion)


2009

★ Malaysia Rugby Union’s National Inter-Club Championships / Super Cup (Cup Champion)
★ GFI Hong Kong FC 10s (Plate Semifinalist)
★ Borneo 7s International Clubs (Plate Champion)
★ HSBC-COBRA International 10s (Cup Champion)

2010

★ Heinekan Hottest 7s in the World (Darwin) (Cup Champion)
★ SRU President’s Cup* (Cup Champion)
★ Singapore Cricket Club 7s (Cup Semifinalist)
★ Negeri Sembilan Royal 7s (Cup Champion)
★ GFI Hong Kong FC 10s (Cup Q’finalist)
★ Asian Rugby 7s Series (new Delhi) (Cup Champion)


2011

★ Heinekan Hottest 7s in the World (Darwin) (Cup Champion)
★ SRU President’s Cup* (Cup Champion)
★ Singapore Cricket Club 7s (Cup Runner up)
★ 42ndHSBC-COBRA International 10s (Cup Semifinalist)
★ GFI Hong Kong FC 10s (Cup Semifinalist)


2012

★ Heinekan Hottest 7s in the World (Darwin) (Cup Champion)
★ Borneo 7s International Clubs (Cup Runner up)
★ SRU President’s Cup* (Cup Champion)
★ Malaysia Rugby Union’s National Inter-Club Championships / Super Cup (Cup Runner up)
★ Jonah Jones International 7s (Cup Champion)
★ GFI Hong Kong FC 10s (Plate Champion)
★ 27th International Baram Trophy (Cup Champion)
★ 43rd HSBC-COBRA International 10s (Cup Semifinalist)


2013

★ Heinekan Hottest 7s in the World (Darwin) (Cup Runnerup)
★ Malaysia Rugby Union’s National Inter-Club Championships / Super Cup (Cup Champion)
★ Jonah Jones International 7s (Cup Champion)
★ Borneo 7s International Clubs (Cup Runner up)
★ 44th HSBC-COBRA International 10s (Cup Champion)


2014

★ Heinekan Hottest 7s in the World (Darwin) (Cup Semifinalist)
★ GFI Hong Kong FC 10s (Plate Champion)
★ Malaysia Rugby Union’s National Inter-Club Championships / Super Cup (Cup Runner up)
★ KK Sharks Kaamatan 10s* (Cup Champion)
★ World Club 10s Singapore - Men’s Asia Open (Cup Champion)
★ Singapore Cricket Club 7s (Cup Champion)
★ Tawau 10s Open* (Cup Champion)


2015

★ Heinekan Hottest 7s in the World (Darwin) (Cup Champion)
★ Borneo 7s International Clubs (Cup Champion)


2016

★ Heinekan Hottest 7s in the World (Darwin) (Cup Semifinalist)
★ Borneo 7s International Clubs (Cup Champion)
★ Malaysia Rugby Union’s National Inter-Club Championships / Super Cup (Cup Champion)
★ Kota Kinabalu Super League* (Cup Champion)
★ Cobra International 10s (Cup Champion)
★ Langkawi International 10s (Cup semifinalists)


2017

★ Borneo 7s International Clubs (Cup Champion)
★ Air Asia Malaysia Rugby League Championships (Cup Runner up)
★ Kota Kinabalu Super League* (Cup Champion)
★ Cobra International 10s (Cup Runner up)
★ Labuan International 10s (Cup Champion)
★ East Malaysia Premier League (Cup champion)


2018

★ Coca-Cola Hottest 7s in the World (Darwin) (Cup Champion)
★ Borneo 7s International Clubs (Cup Runner up)
★ Singapore Regional Club Midnight 10s (Cup Champion)
★ Labuan International 10s (Cup Champion)