Kelso RFC

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Full nameKelso Rugby Football Club
UnionScottish Rugby Union
Founded1876; 143 years ago (1876)
Ground(s)Poynder Park
League(s)Scottish National League Division One
2017–18Scottish National League Division One, 8th of 12
Team kit

Kelso Rugby Football Club are a rugby union team founded in 1876.[1] They play their home games at Poynder Park, Kelso in the Scottish Borders.

The team currently play in Scottish National League Division One, the second tier of Scottish club rugby, and the Border League (the oldest established rugby union league in the world).

Kelso's Sevens Tournament takes place annually in May (until recently Kelso along with Selkirk RFC held their 7s competition in August) and the competition is part of the Kings of the Sevens tournament. The most recent winners of the trophy (2015) are Melrose RFC.[2]

Kelso RFC won the prestigious Melrose Sevens tournament seven times in the space of 12 years from 1978 to 1989. Kelso were also winners of the Scottish Premiership in 1988 and 1989.

The most recent successes for the club in the 15-a-side game were consecutive Premier League championships in the 1987–88 and 1988–89 seasons. Notably, however, the team also reached the final of the Scottish Cup, played at Murrayfield, in both 1998 and 1999, losing to Glasgow Hawks (36–14) and to local rivals Gala RFC (8–3), respectively.[3]

Adam Roxburgh took over as a head coach at Kelso from 2015.[4] The captain for 2016–17 season was Dom Buckley.[5]

After dropping down to the third tier in 2016, the team secured immediate promotion back to Scottish National League Division One for the following season with a 2nd place finish.[6]


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  1. ^ "Club Website". Kelso Rugby Club. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Kings of The Sevens". Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Rugby Archive". Rugby Archive. Archived from the original on 2012-11-22.
  4. ^ "Adam returns to his roots". Southern Reporter. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Squad: forwards: Dom Buckley (captain)". Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  6. ^ Lyall, Michael (19 April 2017). "Derby victory secures promotion for Kelso". The Southern Reporter. Retrieved 1 August 2017.

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