Royal High Corstorphine RFC

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Royal High Corstorphine RFC
Full name RHC Cougars Rugby Football Club
Emblem(s) Cougar head
Founded 2003 - merged team
1868 - RHSFP
? - Corstorphine RFC
Ground(s) Union Park
League(s) Scottish National League Division 1
Official website

RHC Cougars are a rugby union side based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The team were established in 2003 from the merger of Corstorphine and Royal High rugby clubs, two separate clubs based in the west side of Edinburgh.

The team currently play their home games at Union Park and compete in Scottish National League Division 1.

The team has recently branded itself from being Royal High Corstorphine RFC.

Royal High-Corstorphine RFC is an Edinburgh rugby union club, formed from the merger of Corstorphine RFC and the old Royal High School Former Pupils club (RHSFP, Royal HSFP, Royal High SFP etc.). Although it is currently in Division ..., its historical connection with RHSFP makes it notable for several reasons, including the fact that it was a founder member of the Scottish Rugby Union, the second oldest national governing body in the world.

Corstorphine RFC[edit]

Unlike RHSFP, this club represented the western Edinburgh suburb of Corstorphine rather than a former pupils' club . They formerly played in different variations of navy and red strips.

The club achieved high points or playing SRU Premiership 2 rugby and SRU Shield semi final with a result coming down to the very last play of the game before being beaten by Duns RFC. The club also made national news after defeating Premiership 1 side Kirkcaldy during a SRU cup run that was eventually ended in a hard fought and close game against Premiership 2 side West of Scotland.

The merged club uses Corstorphine RFC's ground at Galacticos HQ Union Park Carrick Knowe.


The 1871 Royal High School rugby team.
Nat Watt, Captain from 1880 to 1884.
Mark Coxon Morrison.

The Royal High School was formerly a major private school in central Edinburgh, but has since become a local authority school in north west Edinburgh.

The Royal High School was playing a form of "football" by 1810 (the word "football" here referring to a handling code, rather than one like soccer).[1] The Royal High played the first inter-school match with Merchiston in 1858.[2] The Royal High FP club was formally organised in 1867,[3] and was a founder member of the Scottish Football Union (future SRU) in 1873.

The RHS Rugby Football Club was formed in 1868.[5] These clubs were pioneered by former and attending pupils, who originally played their games together.[4] Among the celebrated student founders of cricket and rugby football at the school were Taverner Knott and Nat Watt, who undertook their labours with the encouragement of Thomson Whyte, reportedly the first master to take a serious interest in sport at the school.[4] The sporting clubs were formally integrated into the school body when, in 1900, at the request of the club captains, two masters undertook the management of cricket and rugby.

Historically, RHSFP was much stronger, and produced players such as Mark Coxon Morrison (sometimes considered the best Scottish captain ever, and a member of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame), and Pringle Fisher.[6] Mark Morrison was capped 1896, and went to win twenty three caps.[7] Angus Buchanan of Royal High School FP, was the first person to score a try in international rugby.

"Royal High, also a force in the nineteenth century, have had a similar history. They have continued to produce good players, but seldom good teams. They had a brief spell in the First Division, but never looked like establishing themselves. In recent years, the link between school and club has been broken... Royal H.S.F.P. have recently found difficulty in retaining the best players to come out of the Royal High School. Neither Colin Telfer nor Gordon Hunter ever played for them, though both worked in Edinburgh; Ivan Tukalo left Royal High for Selkirk in the summer of 1983 after the club lost its First Division place."(Massie)

Bill McLaren recalls being chosen for a Scottish XV against the British Army for a game at Murrayfield on 15 February 1947, which contained two RHSFP players: T.P.L. "Tom" M'Glashan and D.T. McLean.[8] Tom M'Glashan, was being still selected for Scotland in 1954, as the front row of a pack which contained three Macs, the others being Hugh McLeod and Bob MacEwen.[9]

For a while, they came to be located on the east side of the city, on the opposite side from the school's present location, at Jock's Lodge. This put them in competition with Portobello RFC, Musselburgh, Leith and Trinity Academicals for local talent.

Lismore RFC was founded by former RHSFP players.[10]

RHC have a very successful Women's team who play in the Scottish Women's Premier League. They boast several current and former Lionesses and Scotland players.

Notable players[edit]

Royal High School FP players:

Legends of Corstorphine RFC

  • Shaun Boyle
  • Richard A Ward
  • Ross J Young

All still playing when selected

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Scotland Women Internationals:

  • Lee Cockburn
  • Sonia Cull
  • Louise Dalgliesh
  • Cara DiSilva
  • Sarah Dixon
  • Ronnie Fitzpatrick
  • Tanya Griffith
  • Donna Kennedy
  • Alison MacDonald
  • Jilly McCord
  • Mags McHardy
  • Louise Moffat
  • Lynne Reid
  • Gayle Stewart

The Brothers[edit]

From 2010 the 2nd XV have been branded as The Brothers. Named by Marc Maiden after a trip to New Zealand. Under the new team name The Brothers started the 2010-2011 season undefeated winning 9 of 9 games. Due to injuries and call ups to the 1st XV the team eventually managed a 4th place league finish. The 2011-2012 season was a much different affair. Due to a number of players retiring and an unsettled side the team had been in a relegation battle for a majority of the season, a contributing factor to this was the SRU re organising the league structure and a number of border teams being placed into reserve national league east division 1. The 2012-2013 season sees The Brothers under a new management structure, team manager "Iron" Mike Whiteside has been joined by forwards coach Gavin McLeod and backs coaches Dougie Cross and Graeme "Gingles" Ingles. The brothers also have the clubs all time most successful kicker, with 92% accuracy, Shaun Boyle.

The Galacticos[edit]

On rare occasions when the moon is full and the world is in danger an elite team of rugby players assemble to go to battle against the forces of evil. The Galacticos or RHC 3rd XV are these "chosen" heroes. Anyone found guilty of the crime of training or not drinking before a game is not eligible to be a Galactico.


  1. ^ Massie, p1
  2. ^ Massie, p2
  3. ^ Massie, p3
  4. ^ a b c Ross, p73.
  5. ^ Ironside & Thorburn, p8
  6. ^ Massie, p 101
  7. ^ Massie, p16
  8. ^ a b c McLaren, p37
  9. ^ McLaren, p81
  10. ^
  11. ^ a b c Jones, p118
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