Lasswade RFC

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Lasswade RFC
Full name Lasswade Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s) Swade
Founded 1921
Ground(s) Hawthornden
President Ian Barr
Coach(es) Brian Hughes & Craig Adam
Captain(s) Richard Borthwick
League(s) Scottish National League Division Three
2015–16 Scottish National League Division Two, 11th (Relegated)
Official website
www.lasswaderugby.co.uk

Lasswade Rugby Football Club is a rugby football club playing in Scotland. It was established in 1921. The club recently invested in a new grandstand, changing facilities and two new international size playing surfaces. It is located in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, in Lasswade parish.

History[edit]

LRFC stand

In 2003 the club sold one of its three pitches to the Local Authority, Midlothian, to fund the improvement of the existing facilities. The money has been ploughed into development with two international size floodlit pitches complemented by a 350-seater grandstand. The new facilities have been used by South Africa, France, New Zealand, Edinburgh Rugby, the Scotland 7s squad and the Scottish Women's Rugby Squad as a training ground. It has also been host to several champagne ties including Scotland under-19s v Italy under19s and a number of Scotland Women's Six Nations matches.

After several consecutive seasons earning promotion, Lasswade 1st XV competed the 2010–11 season in the Scottish National League Division One and were promoted to the Scottish Premiership Division 3 for the 2011–12 season.

Notable former players include the ex-Scotland national rugby union team and British and Irish Lions prop forward Peter Wright.

Lasswade won the final of the SHE National Shield which was held at Murrayfield on Saturday 24 April 2010. They beat Greenock Wanderers 17–7 with a superb try from Kyle Smith and 4 penalties and a conversion from Carl McWilliams. In the same season Lasswade also won promotion to National League One after finishing runners-up in League Two.

In season 2010–11 Lasswade have won promotion to Premier Three, the highest league position in their history, by winning National League 1. The club have also retained the Shield beating Hawick YM in the final 22–17.

Following more league reconstruction by the SRU, in season 2012–13 Lasswade play in Championship League B. This is essentially the East league of the third tier of domestic rugby. Following further League reconstruction, Lasswade RFC found themselves competing in the BT National League 3 in season 2014–15.

In March 2015, Lasswade won the BT National League Three Championship. They will, therefore compete in BT National League Two for the season 2015–16.

In March 2016, they were relegated back to League Three.

Honours[edit]

The club's recent honours are:

  • 2015 BT National 3 Champions
  • 2011 SRU National Shield Winners
  • 2011 SRU National League Division One - Champions
  • 2010 SHE National Shield Winners
  • 2010 SHE National League Division Two - Promoted Runners-Up
  • 2009 SHE National League Division Three - Champions
  • 2007 SHE East Regional League Division One - Champions

Notable players[edit]

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