Boroughmuir RFC

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Full nameBoroughmuir Rugby & Community Sports Club
UnionScottish Rugby Union
Founded1919; 99 years ago (1919)
LocationEdinburgh, Scotland
Ground(s)Meggetland (Capacity: 3,000)
PresidentStevie Douglas
Coach(es)Head Coach: Peter Wright
Backs: Johnny Ells
Front Row: Neil Wood
League(s)Scottish Premiership
2017–18Scottish Premiership, 6th of 10
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Boroughmuir RFC is a rugby union football club in the Scottish Rugby Union. The club's home ground is Meggetland, in southwest Edinburgh and the club plays in the Scottish Premiership.

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 navy blue/emerald colours are unchanged.

The club won the Scottish unofficial club rugby championship in the 1954–55 and 1972–73 seasons. The club have the second longest number of seasons in the top division having only been relegated twice and on both occasions bouncing straight back up to the top division. The record is held by Heriots FP who have never been relegated. Boroughmuir became the first team to win the Scottish Cup 'back to back' in 2001, and the first team to win it three times in 2015.

The Boroughmuir under 14’s team is currently top of the table and unbeaten this season.

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.


Notable Players[edit]

Famous players associated with Boroughmuir RFC:

  • Kenny Ross, the first capped Boroughmuir player, 10 Scottish caps 1961–63
  • Sean Lineen,Scotland International the original kilted Kiwi and former Boroughmuir coach. Current Scotland Under 20 Coach
  • Iain Paxton, British Lions Scotland & Barbarians forward and former Boroughmuir,Edinburgh & Scotland U-21 coach. Current Director of Rugby at Boroughmuir
  • Derek Stark, Scotland winger
  • Mike Blair, British Lions and Scotland scrum half
  • Chris Cusiter, British Lions and Scotland scrum half
  • Graeme Beverage, Scotland Scrum half and Edinburgh Rugby Academy Manager
  • Tom Palmer,England lock
  • Peter Wright, British Lions and Scotland prop current 1st XV coach & BBC Radio Scotland rugby 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 Vice 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
  • Graeme Beveridge, Scotland Scrum Half
  • Jim Fleming MBE, International Referee
  • Peter Hoffmann (runner) former Boroughmuir High School rugby player international athlete and author
  • Henry Edwards, flanker, former SRU Head of Coach Development
  • Chris Tregaskis, New Zealand Second Row
  • Mark Cooksly, New Zealand Second Row
  • Ronnie Browne, former winger and member of folk duo The Corries
  • Damien Hoyland, Scotland International & Scotland 7's
  • Sep Visser, Wing Dutch International Brother of Scotland International Tim
  • Murray Buchan,Scrum Half & Team GB Olympic Half Pipe Skier 2014 & 218 Winter Games
  • Ollie Brown, Scotland Commonwealth Games 7's 2010
  • Ben Fisher Former Scotland Under 20 Forwards Coach, New Zealand Rugby Performance Coach,Scotland Club International
  • Andy Rose Zimbabwe International and Captain, Scotland Club International
  • Rik Van Boulkom, Dutch International Scrum Half
  • Magnus Bradbury Scotland International & Scotland 7's
  • Simon Bergan Scotland International

Current well known players include

  • Jordan Edmunds Scotland Club International
  • Chris Laidlaw Scotland Club International (Son of Roy Laidlaw)
  • Johnny Matthews Scotland Club International
  • Daryl Marfo Scotland International


  • Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)
  • Ian Nicholson '75 Years : A History Of Boroughmuir Rugby Club'
  • Colin Renton 9Nov2009
  • Jamie Scott
  • Craig Dawson

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