Melrose RFC

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Melrose
Melrose RFC Crest.svg
Full nameMelrose Rugby Football Club
Founded1877; 141 years ago (1877)
LocationMelrose, Scotland
Ground(s)The Greenyards (Capacity: up to 15,000[1])
PresidentDouglas Hardie
Coach(es)Rob Chrystie
Captain(s)Grant Runciman
League(s)Scottish Premiership
2017–18Scottish Premiership, 1st of 10 (champions)
Team kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.melroserugby.org

Melrose Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club located in the town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders. The club plays at The Greenyards and competes in the Scottish Premiership.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1877 and was elected to full membership of the Scottish Rugby Union in 1880.[2] The club have played at the Greenyards since the club's inception.[2]

Melrose have been Scottish champions on nine occasions and Scottish cup winners three times. They lifted the Scottish Cup in 1997 to complete a domestic double and have also won the Border League on 17 occasions.

Despite the population of Melrose hovering around 3,500 for a number of years the team has been a consistently successful club in the upper echelons of the Scottish game.[2]

Honours[edit]

  • Scottish Premiership
    • Champions (10): 1989-90, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2017-18
    • Runners-Up (2): 2014-15, 2016-17
  • Scottish Cup
    • Champions (4): 1996-97, 2007-08, 2016-17, 2017-18
    • Runners-Up (6): 2000-01, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2015-16

Sevens tournament[edit]

Melrose is most famous as the host of the first-ever rugby sevens tournament in 1883, the abbreviated game having been invented by Ned Haig, a local butcher. The first Melrose Sevens was won by Melrose, beating local rivals Gala in the final during extra time. The Melrose Sevens, played on the second Saturday in April every year, remains the most popular Scottish Sevens tournament, regularly attracting crowds in excess of 10,000.[citation needed] In honour of the role of Melrose RFC in the creation of rugby sevens, the club was inducted along with Haig to the IRB Hall of Fame in 2008.[3] Melrose have had some recent success in their home tournament, coming runner-up on a couple of occasions and winning it in 2011. In 2010 they were crowned Kings of the Sevens winning the Kelso, Earlston, Gala and Jedforest sevens and placing respectably in the others.

The stadium[edit]

Melrose play at the Greenyards. They have played here since the club was formed. The grandstand has wooden benches and is painted in the club colours; yellow and black.

Notable former players[edit]

Scotland internationalists[edit]

South of Scotland[edit]

The following former Melrose players have represented South of Scotland at provincial level.

Youth rugby[edit]

There is an under 18s team called Melrose Wasps, formerly coached by the famous Jim Telfer and David Sheil, now by Cairan Hogg. Over the last couple of years this team as become more competitive in the local borders league they play in coming 2nd in 2009 behind Hawick Wands in 2009, with good players such as Grant Runciman, Richard Ferguson, Craig Marshall, Bruce Colvine and a lot more. That year they were very successful in the 7s circuit winning the kings of the 7s. Melrose rugby club also have an under-16, under-15, S2, S1, and then all primary ages groups however only start playing matches at Primary 4.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Muir magic at Melrose".
  2. ^ a b c Bath, p91
  3. ^ "IRB Hall of Fame Welcomes Five Inductees". International Rugby Board. 2008-11-23. Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
  4. ^ a b c d "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search".
  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1)

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