Howe of Fife RFC

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Howe of Fife RFC
Full nameHowe of Fife Rugby Football Club
UnionScottish Rugby Union
Nickname(s)Howe, The Howe, Howe o Fife, Quins, Harlequins
Emblem(s)Knight in black armour on horse
Founded1st XV - 1921; 98 years ago (1921), Quins - 2014
LocationCupar, Scotland
Ground(s)Duffus Park (Capacity: 280)
PresidentChris Reekie
Coach(es)1st XV - Chris Martin, Quins - Craig Manson
Captain(s)1st XV - James Lawrie, Quins - Emma Wood
League(s)1st XV - Scottish National League Division Three, Quins - Tennent's Women's National League 1.
2017–18Scottish National League Division Two, 12th of 12 (relegated)
Home Strip
Official website

Howe of Fife RFC is a rugby union club based in Cupar, Fife, Scotland. It was founded in 1921, and they play in blue and white hoops.[1] The first XV team currently competes in Scottish National League Division Two, the third tier of Scottish club rugby.

Previously, the club had two undefeated seasons in 2007 and 2008, earning them rights to promotion. The 1st XV are currently coached by Chris Martin. The captain is James Lawrie. The Howe run teams from Primary 3 level up to under-18 colts level. Many players have gone on to represent Fife, Caledonia, and Scotland at age grade level, with a handful going on to represent professional clubs. In 2007, current first XV Captain Chris Mason led the under-18 Howe of Fife squad to a unique treble winning both the school (as Bell Baxter High School) and the Club Scottish cups as well as the Scottish schools sevens cup. A number of the players involved in that team now play for the senior side.

Howe Harlequins are the 1st XV Women's team, founded in 2014. The Duffus Park-based club have barely been in existence a few years but have been making massive strides in the women's game. In 2017, they won the BT National Division 2 Championship which promoted them into National 1. With the recent changes to the women's league names, they now start the 2018 season in the Tennent's Women's National League 1. The Harlequins originally got together as a way for women to keep fit through rugby. But with a competitive spirit growing, added to a developing skillset, the side started to play matches against other teams. Since then, the Harlequins haven't looked back. President Murdo Fraser paid tribute to the side after their title win. “Our women’s team have shown that anything is possible and we are all very proud of the team and what they have achieved,” he said at the time.


In November 2017 several of the club's 1st XV men's team received 347 total weeks of suspension for incidents that took place the previous year in which a new player was sexually assaulted by having a bottle inserted into their anus after a match.[2][3]


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  1. ^ a b Club history, retrieved 16 November 2009
  2. ^ "Howe of Fife: Scottish Rugby Union hands out bans for initiation ceremony". BBC Sport. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  3. ^ de Menezes, Jack (3 November 2017). "Howe of Fife RFC receive 347 weeks of bans after initiation ceremony saw 'bottle inserted in to player's anus'". The Independent. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Ferguson, David Rollo sets target for pupils of today, The Scotsman, published 20 December 2006
  5. ^ Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6), p166
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  1. Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)