Portobello RFC

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Portobello RFC
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Club information
Full name Portobello Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s) Porty
Website http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/portobellofp/
Colours Yellow and blue
Current details
Ground(s)
Competition East Regional League Division 1

Portobello RFC, formerly known as Portobello FP, is a rugby union side based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The first XV currently plies their trade in East Regional League Division 1[1] Their 2nd XV, The Sexy Two's (a reference to their purported style of play), play in the East Reserve League 2.[2]

History[edit]

Portobello was founded as a former pupils club of Portobello High School, once one of the largest schools in Europe. It is no longer purely a haven for former pupils and welcomes players from all over the rugby world. They play their rugby at Cavalry Park in the shadow of Arthur's Seat

The club was reformed in 1954 and enjoyed fixtures against the elite of the established "circuit". Portobello tried for many years to climb out of the old Edinburgh District League achieving that in the 1970s climbing through Divisions 7 to 2 in successive seasons.

As recently as 2007 we were a club in doldrums with playing membership down and results on the field less than inspiring. Rather bizarrely the event that acted as a catalyst for improvement was a fire which decimated the clubhouse in May of that year. This unfortunate inferno brought friends, members and players (current and past) together to rebuild the club physically and metaphorically.

The subsequent season saw a significant upturn in the playing fortunes with 1st and 2nd XV both turning in more than respectable performances. The icing on the cake was a glorious cup run culminating in an appearance in the National Plate final at Murrayfield on 3 May 2008.

The 2008-09 season saw the 1st XV finishing runners up in their league while the 2nd XV finished top of the tree in their respective division. In 2009-10 the top team were once again pipped for the title by North Berwick and the SXY2S finished 3rd in their respective league.

The club also runs a thriving Youth Section with teams at all Micro (P1 & P2), Mini (P3 - P7), Midi (S1 up to U16) and Colts (U18) levels. All coaching is run by experienced and qualified coaches

The Gaelic football team, Dúnedin Connolly GAC currently share their ground.[3]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ East Regional Leagues (Rugby Union)#Division One,
  2. ^ Scottish Reserve League
  3. ^ Dunedin Conollys