University of St Andrews RFC

The University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club is an affiliated member of the University of St Andrews Athletic Union in Fife, Scotland. The club runs four men's and two women's teams, which play in the university leagues.

University of St Andrews RFC
Full nameUniversity of Saint Andrews Rugby Football Club
UnionRugby Football Union
Founded1858; 164 years ago (1858)
Ground(s)University Park,
St. Andrews, Fife
PresidentChris Reekie
Coach(es)Scott Lawson
Captain(s) Men:  Ian McNaught
 Women:  Charlotte Larson
League(s) Men:  BUCS Scottish 1A
 Women:  BUCS Scottish 1A
Team kit
Official website


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) North Premier B. In 2007, the 2nd XV were Scottish University Cup champions and currently play in BUCS Scottish Division 3A. In 2018, the 3rd XV won BUCS Scottish 3A, and a 4th XV was started for the first time.

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 are on a four game win-streak against Edinburgh in The Scottish Varsity.[1]


The club run the St. Andrews University Sevens tournament.[2]

Notable former playersEdit


St Andrews has produced 21 (Men's) international players: 19 for Scotland and 1 each for England and Ireland. Four of which have become British and Irish Lions: Tyrone Howe, Duncan Macrae, Chris Rea and Robert Stevenson. This means that St Andrews has produced more Scotland internationalists than any other Scottish university, bar Edinburgh.[3]

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

Other subsequent international players include:



The following former St. Andrews University RFC players have represented Scotland at senior international level.[6]

  •   Annabel Sergeant
  •   Christianne Fahey



  • The Scottish Varsity
    • Champions (5): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2021
  • St. Andrews University Sevens[7]
    • Champions (1): 1942
  • Waid Academy F.P. Sevens[8]
    • Champions (2): 1992, 1995
  • Midlands District Sevens[9]
    • Champions (5): 1929, 1954, 1958, 1963, 1965


  1. ^ "Murphy heroics earn St Andrews a Varsity hat-trick". Scottish Rugby. 26 September 2015.
  2. ^ "St. Andrews University Sevens". 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ Jones, p126
  4. ^ a b c Marshall, p144
  5. ^ Godwin, p135
  6. ^ "Royal Bank of Scotland to sponsor Scottish Varsity match". Scottish Rugby News. 3 August 2015.
  7. ^ "St. Andrews University Sevens". 7 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Waid Academy F.P. Sevens". 7 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Midlands District Sevens". 7 June 2019.
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  • Jones, J.R. Encyclopedia of Rugby Football (Robert Hale, London, 1958)
  • Marshall, Francis, Football; the Rugby union game, (1892) (London Paris Melbourne, Cassell and company, limited)
  • Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)

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