Boroughmuir RFC

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Full name Boroughmuir Rugby & Community Sports Club
Union Scottish Rugby Union
Founded 1919; 95 years ago (1919)
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Ground(s) Meggetland
President Scotland George Clark
Coach(es) Scotland Bruce Aitchison
League(s) Scottish National League
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Boroughmuir RFC is a rugby union football club in the Scottish Rugby Union. Founded in 1919 and admitted to the SRU in 1939, it was originally restricted to former pupils of Boroughmuir High School. The badge is derived from Boroughmuir High School and they acquired it in 1913. Although it has lost that direct connection, the home ground and navyblue/emerald colours are unchanged. The jersey pattern was changed to distinguish the modern club from the school, which continues to use the traditional single emerald hoop pattern. The club's home ground is Meggetland, in southwest Edinburgh and the club plays in the Scottish Premiership. The club won the Scottish unofficial club rugby championship in the 1954-55 season. Recent honours include Premiership champions in 2002-2003 and 2007–2008, cup winners in 2000, 2001 and 2005 (making history by becoming the first team to win the trophy 'back to back', and then the first team to win it three times) and Melrose Sevens winners in 1963, 1975 & 2002.

The club's ground (Meggetland) has recently undergone major development to turn it into one of the premier facilities in Scottish rugby. A new stand and clubhouse were built, along with new pitches for the 2nd and 3rd XV, an international standard all-weather hockey pitch and five-a-side football pitches.

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Famous players associated with Boroughmuir RFC:

  • Kenny Ross, the first capped Boroughmuir player, 10 Scottish caps 1961-63
  • Sean Lineen, the original kilted Kiwi and former Boroughmuir coach
  • Iain Paxton, British Lions Scotland & Barbarians forward and former Boroughmuir coach
  • Derek Stark, Scotland winger
  • Mike Blair, British Lions and Scotland scrum half
  • Chris Cusiter, British Lions and Scotland scrum half
  • Tom Palmer, Wasps and England lock
  • Peter Wright, British Lions and Scotland prop current Glasgow Hawks coach & BBC Radio pundit
  • Bruce Hay, British Lions, Scotland & Barbarians Full Back & Wing, former Head Coach & Director of Rugby
  • Alasdair Strokosch, Scotland flanker
  • Norrie Rowan, Scotland & Barbarians Prop member of 1984 Grand Slam squad
  • Bill Watson, Scotland & Barbarians No8, Former SRU Chief Executive and Current Boroughmuir Chairman
  • Stuart Reid, Scotland No 8 and former forwards coach also played at Leeds & Narbonne
  • Dave Callam, Scotland No 8 and flanker
  • Graham Hogg, Scotland Centre and former coach
  • Graham Beveridge, Scotland Scrum Half
  • Jim Fleming, International Referee and current IRB Board member
  • Henry Edwards, flanker, former SRU Head of Coach Development
  • Mark Cooksley, New Zealand Second Row
  • Isoa DamuDamu, England 7s forward
  • Paul Ollson, Swedish International Centre

The club currently has an excellent set of coaching staff and a very talented set of players. With regards to the 1st xv and 2nd xv, the players are all of high standards.

Current well known players include;

Greig Scott, Second row ex Scotland under 19's player

Nick Faser, Prop current Scotland under 20's player

Harry Leonard, Stand Off Current Scotland under 20's player & captain

Robin Hislop, Prop Current Scotland under 20's player

Malcolm Clapperton, Centre Former Scotland Club International Captain & current Club Captain

Mike Crawley, Centre Current Scotland U-20 player

Jamie Swanson, Back Row Current Scotland U-20 player

Andy Rose, Back Row Current Scotland Club International

Sean Crombie, Hooker Current Scotland Club International

Sep Visser, Wing brother of Tim & current Dutch International

Keith Buchan Current Scotland U 20 player

Alex Henderson Current Scotland u 20 player

Current Head Coaches;

1st XV Bruce Aichison, former Gala RFC player and former coach of Watsonians and Murrayfield Wanderers. 2nd XV David Officer, former Harlequins and Scotland 'A' player, Neil McCallum, former Boroughmuir & Murrayfield Wanderers flanker and Andy Knight, living legend & player coach


  • Ian Nicholson '75 Years : A History Of Boroughmuir Rugby Club'
  • Colin Renton 9Nov2009
  • Jamie Scott
  • Craig Dawson

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