Melrose Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club located in the town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders. The professional men's side competes in the Super 6 as the "Southern Knights". The club plays at the Greenyards.[2]

Melrose
Full nameMelrose Rugby Football Club
Founded1877; 147 years ago (1877)
LocationMelrose, Scotland
Ground(s)Greenyards (Capacity: 16,024[1])
PresidentGrant Hogg
Coach(es)Bert Gregg
Captain(s)Angus Runciman
League(s)Super 6
2021–22Super 6, 1st of 6 (RU)
Team kit
Official website
melroserugby.org

History edit

The club was formed in 1877 and was elected to full membership of the Scottish Rugby Union in 1880.[3] The club have played at the Greenyards since the club's inception.[3]

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 2000 for a number of years the team has been a consistently successful club in the upper echelons of the Scottish game.[3]

Current squad edit

Southern Knights Super 6 squad

Props

  •   Isaac Brace
  •   Grant Shiells
  •   Robbie Deans
  •   Nick Auterac
  •   Corey Bowker

Hookers

  •   Russell Anderson
  •   Fraser Renwick
  •   Harri Morris

Locks

  •   Jamie Campbell
  •   Erem Demeril
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Back row

  •   Rudi Brown
  •   Wallace Nelson
  •   Alan Ferrie
  •   Sam Derrick
  •   Jordan Miller
  •   M Mbaud
  •   Harry Borthwick

Scrum halves

  •   Douglas Crawford
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Fly halves

  •   Jaco Van Der Valt
  •   Struan Hutchison
  •   Harris Rutherford
  •   Cammy Scott

Centres

  •   Robbie Chalmers
  •   Patrick Anderson
  •   Ben Pickles
  •   Kyle McGee
  •   Mitch Richardson

Wings

  •   Kori Winters
  •   Aiden Cross
  •   Finn Douglas

Fullbacks

  •   Keiran Clarke
  •   David Colvine

Edinburgh Rugby players drafted:

  •   Jaco Van der Valt Luan de Bruin
  •   Charlie Sheil Nick Aurelic

Table edit

2023–24 Super Series Table view · watch · edit · discuss
Team P W D L PF PA PD TBP LBP PTS
1 Heriot's Rugby 12 10 1 1 478 238 +240 10 0 52
2 Ayrshire Bulls (RU) 12 9 0 3 372 211 +151 8 0 47
3 Watsonians 12 9 0 3 265 231 +34 2 0 40
4 Stirling Wolves (CH) 12 6 0 6 422 286 +136 3 2 33
5 Southern Knights 12 4 1 7 282 369 -87 2 1 27
6 Boroughmuir Bears 12 3 0 9 252 389 -137 1 0 17
7 Future XV 12 0 0 12 206 543 -337 0 3 3

Yellow background indicates qualification for the final.
Green background indicates semi-finalists.

(CH) Champions. (RU) Runners-up.

Teams edit

As well as the Super 6 and 1st XV, Melrose have a youth side (Melrose WASPS) and a reserve side (Melrose Storm). The club had a successful Ladies side until 2018.

Melrose Ladies edit

Melrose Ladies was one of the top women's teams in Scotland, competing in the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish Cup. The team produced a number of players who went on to represent Scotland. Four members of the current Scotland squad – Lisa Thomson, Lana Skeldon, Lauren Harris and Chloe Rollie – played at Melrose. The team folded in 2018.

Melrose Wasps edit

There is an under 18s team called Melrose Wasps, formerly coached by the famous Jim Telfer now by Jerry Brett and Nick Alston . Traditionally over the seasons this team has been very competitive in the local Borders League as well as being a top Scottish U18 side playing the best XV's in the country as well as touring overseas (Monaco in 2018).[citation needed] 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. The girls section – called the Queen Bees – involves girls from P4-P7. There is a very strong partnership with feeder school Earlston HS.[citation needed]

Melrose Storm edit

Melrose's reserve side is known as the Melrose Storm. They broke records by winning the National Reserve League three seasons in a row (2016, 2017 & 2018). They currently play in the top 2nd XV League in Scotland against sides such as Heriots Blues, Stewarts Melville, Hawick, Gala, Edinburgh Accies.

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.[4] 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.

In 2019 the famous turf of The Greenyards was replaced with a 4G pitch.

Notable former players edit

Scotland internationalists edit

Olympic Games Mark Robertson Great Britain, Silver Medal, Rugby Sevens 2016

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 now by Jerry Brett and Nick Alston. This XV plays some of the very best XV's from clubs and schools in Scotland, as well as touring overseas (Monaco 2018). 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. The girls section - called the Queen Bees - involves girls from P4-P7. There is Avery strong partnership with catchment school Earlston HS.

Honours edit

Men's 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
  • Kelso Sevens
    • Champions (18): 1932, 1933, 1937, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1974, 1980, 1988, 1998, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
  • Langholm Sevens
    • Champions (9): 1933, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1963, 1992, 1999, 2002, 2014
  • Melrose Sevens
    • Champions (12): 1883, 1885, 1889, 1931, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1975, 1997, 1998, 2011
  • Hawick Sevens
    • Champions (4): 1910, 1958, 1974, 2014
  • Gala Sevens
    • Champions (10): 1886, 1889, 1938, 1953, 1962, 1987, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2011
  • Berwick Sevens
    • Champions (1): 2002
  • Jed-Forest Sevens
    • Champions (11): 1908, 1909, 1910, 1964, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018
  • Peebles Sevens
    • Champions (13): 1932, 1960, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1979, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Selkirk Sevens
    • Champions (12): 1932, 1946, 1951, 1961, 1965, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Earlston Sevens
    • Champions (21): 1949, 1950, 1951, 1957, 1965, 1972, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018
    • Melrose hold the record of most consecutive victories in the tournament (6): 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Kings of the Sevens
    • Champions (8): 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Walkerburn Sevens
    • Champions (6): 1932, 1947, 1975, 1987, 2010, 2013

Melrose Storm edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "'Muir magic at Melrose". Archived from the original on 1 April 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Melrose to name Super6 team as Southern Knights". Scottish Rugby Union.
  3. ^ a b c Bath, p91
  4. ^ "IRB Hall of Fame Welcomes Five Inductees". International Rugby Board. 23 November 2008. Archived from the original on 23 February 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d "Depleted South Win In Second Half". The Glasgow Herald. 8 October 1953 – via Google News Archive.
  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1)

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