Stewart's Melville RFC

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Stewart's Melville
Full nameStewart's Melville Rugby Football Club
UnionScottish Rugby Union
Founded1875; 143 years ago (1875)
(as Daniel Stewart’s Hospital)
LocationEdinburgh, Scotland
Ground(s)Inverleith
PresidentScotland Bill McNie
Coach(es)Gordon Henderson
League(s)Scottish National League Division Two
2017–18Scottish National League Division One, 11th of 12 (relegated)
Team kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.stewmelrugby.com

Stewart's Melville RFC is a rugby union club based in Edinburgh, Scotland. They team competes in Scottish National League Division One, the second tier of Scottish club rugby. Home matches are played at Inverleith; this was the venue for Scotland's home games between 1899 and 1925, during which time the first matches against France and New Zealand were played.

History[edit]

The club was founded as in 1875, when a match took place between the former pupils of Daniel Stewart's Hospital and George Watson’s College. The rugby ground at Inverleith[1] was also the venue for Scotland's home games between 1899 and 1925, during which time the first matches against France and New Zealand were played.

The club took on its present form following the merger of Stewart's College FP and Melville College in 1973 when the club became known as Stewart's Melville FP RFC.

As the name suggests, many of the players in the club's history were former pupils of the Stewart's Melville College (formed in a merger of Daniel Stewart's College and Melville College) in Edinburgh. This remains the case today, although the club is now 'open' and welcomes players who did not attend the school.

The 1st XV were coached by Grant MacKenzie, a P.E. teacher who worked at the school, and who died in 2008.

In June 2014 the club resolved at an AGM to shorten the name to Stewart's Melville RFC.[2]

The club currently run three XVs on a regular basis. The 1st and 2nd XVs both play in competitive national leagues, with the 2nd XV currently in the second division of the reserve leagues. Below this level, the club operate a 'social' 3rd XV which provides rugby for those who just wish to play recreationally.

Club Honours[edit]

Recent Internationals[edit]

References[edit]

  • Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)
  1. ^ "Meet the club: Stewarts Melville FP RFC". The Herald. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Rugby Club AGM". www.stewmelrugby.com. June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2017.

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