Bulldog Irvine

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Bulldog Irvine
Birth nameRobert William Irvine
Date of birth19 April 1853[1]
Place of birthBlair Atholl[1]
Date of death18 April 1897[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Edinburgh Academicals
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Edinburgh District ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1871-1880  Scotland 13 Tries:1

Doctor Robert W. Irvine, (1853–1897) nicknamed "Bulldog",[2] was a Scottish rugby football player.[3]

Rugby career[edit]

He was capped 13 times for Scotland between 1871–80,[3] including the first ever rugby international.[4] He also played for Edinburgh Academicals.[3]

Personal life and family[edit]

He was the brother of Duncan Irvine who was also capped for Scotland.[3]


  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)
  1. ^ a b c Bulldog Irvine Profile on scrum.com
  2. ^ Bath, p101
  3. ^ a b c d Bath, p137
  4. ^ Bath, p4