Highland RFC

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Highland RFC
Highland RFC logo.jpg
Full nameHighland RFC
LocationInverness, Scotland
Ground(s)Canal Park
ChairmanAndy Little
Coach(es)Scotland Davie Carson
League(s)Scottish National League Division Two
2017–18Scottish National League Division Three, 1st of 12 (promoted)
Official website

Highland Rugby Football Club is a rugby union amateur club from the city of Inverness that compete in the Scottish National League Division Two, the Highland Alliance League and the Caledonia Regional League. (Rugby Union) They have a number of teams taken from different age groups including micros and minis, S1 and S2, Under-15, Under-16, Under-18 and senior first and second teams. They play their rugby at Canal park in Inverness.

1st XV[edit]

The 1st XV have had a recent resurgence during the second decade of the 21st century, led by Coach Dave Carson, most notably winning the Scottish National League Division Three title in 2017-2018.

The 1st XV currently play in National Division Two.

2nd XV[edit]

Highlands 2nd Xv also known as the Raptors currently play in Caledonia Division 2 Northwest after successfully winning Caledonia North 3 in 2015/16. This was the sides second promotion in two years, after winning Caledonia League Division 4 North the year before.

During the 2010-11 season the Highland raptors became champions in the Caledonia Division 2 Northwest league although they could not be considered for promotion due to them playing as a second XV side. Due to this, Moray RFC progressed to the play-off stage for a chance at promotion to Caledonia Division 1 in which they triumphed over Aberdeen Wanderers. The Raptors however still got the chance to become Division 2 champions by playing Aberdeen Wanderers, a game in which they also achieved success.


2015/16: 1st Xv Caledonia Shield Champions, 2nd Xv Caledonia Division 3 North Champions, Andrew Findlater - Caledonia Leagues Player of the Season, Stevie Rutledge - Scottish Rugby Try of the Season, London Irish mini festival shield winners

2014/15: 2nd XV Caledonia League Division 4 Winners, 1st XV 2nd place in Caledonia League 1

2013/14: 1st XV Caledonia North Division 2 Winners - undefeated season, 1st XV Caledonia Bowl Winners, 1st XV National Bowl Winners, Rory Cross - National Bowl Final Man of the Match,

Rugby development in Inverness[edit]

Highland RFC have been celebrating recently as they announced the appointment of a jointly funded development officer enabling the club to more actively grow rugby across all ages. The Canal Park Club demonstrated their commitment to the game, and the revised development structure, when they teamed up with Scottish Rugby and the Highland Council to fund the new post which brings thousands of pounds of investment into rugby in the area. Development Officers (DOs) are dedicated to recruiting and retaining rugby players, coaches, referees and volunteers in and around their local communities working continuously to create links between schools and clubs to maximise the opportunities to play rugby in their area. Their efforts were rewarded in the 2010-11 season when they were given the SRU club of the month award for November.

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)