University of St Andrews RFC

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University of St Andrews
University of St Andrews coat of arms.svg
Full name University of Saint Andrews Rugby Football Club
Union Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Saints
Founded 1858; 157 years ago (1858)
Ground(s) University Park,
St. Andrews, Fife
League(s) BUCS Scottish 1A
2013/14 1st
Team kit
Official website

The University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club is an affiliated member of the University of St Andrews Athletic Union in Fife, Scotland. It was founded in 1858, making it one of the oldest football clubs in the world. In 2008, the club celebrated its sesquicentennial year, marking its 150th anniversary.

The club is one of the founder members of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) and is often quoted as being the birthplace of 'running and passing' rugby, a distinct tactical advancement from the initial 'solo break/kick and chase' tactics which characterised the early years of the game's development.

The club's 1st XV play their home games at University Park, in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Scotland Tier 1A and the Caledonia One. In 2007, the 2nd XV were Scottish University Cup champions and currently play in BUCS Scottish Division 4A. On 24 March 2012 the 1st XV won the RBS Caledonia Division 2 Midlands title, beating Kinross 75-0 to lift the trophy. They were promoted to Caledonia League 1 three weeks later, beating Moray RFC, Caledonia 2 North Champions, 21-0.

In the 2013-14 season, they won BUCS 1A Scotland unbeaten, winning 9 games from 9. The 1st XV also defeated Edinburgh for the first time at the annual Varsity Match since it has been hosted at London Scottish's ground in Richmond.

In the 2014-15 season, having pulled out of the regional league system, they only competed in BUCS leagues. The 1st XV won BUCS 1A Scotland again, and defeated Edinburgh at the Varsity Match 17-12.

Notable players[edit]

St Andrews has produced more Scotland internationalists than any other Scottish university, bar Edinburgh.[1]

Notably, St Andrews provided three players for the first ever rugby international:

Subsequent international players include:


  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)
  • Godwin, Terry Complete Who's Who of International Rugby (Cassell, 1987, ISBN 0-7137-1838-2)
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  1. ^ a b Jones, p126
  2. ^ a b c Marshall, p144
  3. ^ Godwin, p135
  4. ^ Godwin, p383

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