Since its inception in 1970, the St Andrews Seven-a-side Rugby Tournament has grown to become one of the top 7s tournaments in the Scottish rugby
calendar and the largest student run 7s in the UK. The inaugural tournament, which saw Dunfermline beat Madras FP 11-8 in a closely fought
final after extra time, also featured the first recorded Women's Seven-a-side Tournament, although this was only one match, entitled the Grand Challenge Match,
which was a fitting prelude to the conclusion of the Men's Tournament.
Unlike other 7s tournaments of the time, the St Andrews competition pitched teams against one another in leagues rather than adopting a straight knockout format, which ensured each team that entered got more than one game and no team's journey was entirely wasted. This format, once unique to the St Andrews Tournament, is now widely used around the rugby 7s circuit and has evolved to allow the St Andrews 7s to accommodate 30-40 teams annually.
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WELCOME TO SAINTS RUGBY
Founded in 1858, the University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club is the oldest sports club at the university and one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world. In the 1860s
St Andrews was known as the nursery of rugby football in Scotland, with the first batch of famous players just before the days of internationals being St Andrews men. With roots
deep in the history of Scottish Rugby, the club is a Founder Member of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) and was the birthplace of 'passing', the great
feature of the back game.
In 1871 in the first international between Scotland and England at Raeburn Place, three St Andrews students, A. Clunies-Ross, R. Munro and J. S. Thomson are seen to have represented Scotland. Since then the club has produced 22 International Rugby players who between them have gained 150 international caps, 4 British & Irish Lions and 8 players have represented the Barbarians.
The Men's Rugby Club is one of four Focus Clubs within the University which means they receive support from the Department of Sport and Exercise ranging from fitness testing to educational seminars relating to improving performance in sport. The appointment of a full time Director of Rugby is the first of its kind in Scottish University Sport and shows the commitment and desire that the University has to allow the rugby club to become a major force once again in Rugby in Scotland.
The club turns out four teams on a Wednesday in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships. The Men's and Women's 1st XV Squads play in Premier 1A, the top Scottish Leagues and also participates in the UK wide BUCS Cup competition and regularly travel around the UK for fixtures.
Since the restructuring of the club to focus on the BUCS Championship, the club will no longer field a team on a Saturday in Caledonia Division 1 as part of the Scottish Club National Rugby Leagues.
The Women’s Rugby Club, founded in 1978, has consistently been in the top two teams in Scotland over the past 5 years. In 2012 the Men's and Women's Rugby Clubs merged under the banner of Saints Rugby.
The Scottish Varsity Match between Scotland's two oldest Universities takes place every year in London, following the inaugural fixture in 2011. The unique fixture between the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh dates back more than 150 years and predates the annual Oxford versus Cambridge Varsity Match played at Twickenham. Alumni, supporters, friends and family of both Universities are invited each year to attend this historic game which provides a great day out for the rugby fan.
Both Universities are leading the way in Scottish Rugby by each employing full time members of staff to focus on their Rugby Programs. Director of Rugby at St Andrews, David Ross, has more than four years of experience working as one of Scottish Rugby's Performance Development Managers and David Adamson, Edinburgh's Rugby Development Officer, has risen quickly through Scottish Rugby's Coach Education System.
The Men's Rugby Club is one of four Focus Clubs within the University which means they receive support from the Department of Sport and Exercise ranging from fitness testing to educational seminars relating to improving performance in sport.
RUGBY UNION PROGRAM
The University of St Andrews has developed the most advanced rugby program in Scotland which offers student athletes a range of coaching, training and support opportunities, allowing them to excel in their sporting achievements.
The rugby pitches at University Park in St Andrews are the home of Saints Rugby and renowned across the country as amongst the finest in Scotland. A fully floodlit training pitch is complemented by the new fully floodlit Rugby 4g pitch, one of only two in Scotland.
The Rugby Club is run by two student committees, one for Men's Rugby and one for Women's Rugby, both of which are responsible for the club's off field management and both led by a full time Director of Rugby, David Ross.
St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research.
The University of St Andrews RFC is proud to announce the creation of a supporters club, the 1858 Club, which enables alumni, friends and family the chance to invest in the future of rugby at St Andrews and provide the very best facilities, training and experience for future students.
Rugby has been played in St Andrews for over 150 years, since the rugby club's foundation in 1858. A founder member of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), the club was the nursery of Scottish rugby football in the 1860s and the birthplace of 'passing' the great feature of the back game.
HALL OF FAME
In 1871 three St Andrews students represented Scotland in the first ever international rugby fixture against England. In total, the club has produced 22 international rugby players who between them have gained 150 caps, including 4 British and Irish Lions and 8 Barbarians.
Captaining The Saints is a huge honour for any student coming to study and play rugby in St Andrews. In 1986, the role of captain was split in two for the first time, with off field duties assigned to the Club Captain leaving the 1st XV Captain to concentrate on the club's on field performances.
In 2008, the club celebrated 150 years of rugby in St Andrews with a special week of events which saw the South Africa Rugby Legends take on the Scottish Legends on University Park, a coaching clinic for local kids and culminated in the Sesquicentennial Alumni Dinner.
SCOTTISH VARSITY MATCH
The Scottish Varsity Match between the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh takes place every year in London, following the inaugural match back in 2011 and dates back more than 150 years predating the annual Oxford versus Cambridge Match.
ST ANDREWS 7s
Since its inception in 1970, the St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament has grown to become the largest student run 7s in the UK, with teams from around the country returning to University Park at the end of April each year to fight for the historic Drummond Trophy or Stanley Plate.
The club turns out three Men's teams and one Women's team on a Wednesday in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships. Men's and Women's 1st XV squads play in the Premier 1A leagues, and participate in the BUCS Cup competition, with the Men's 2nd and 3rd XV squads in the lower tiers
Along with the Rugby Club's charity work, the Community Outreach Program, in partnership with SportScotland, Active Schools, Fife Rugby and Saints Sport sees members from Saints Rugby coach after school rugby in the local primary schools for 6 weeks.
The University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club is very grateful for the kind and generous support of sponsors KPMG, Alliance Trust, Kukri and Nutrition X. Click on the link below to find out more about our sponsors and the sponsorship opportunities available.
"It is perhaps not generally known that St Andrews was the nursery of Rugby football in Scotland in the 1860s, and the first batch of famous players just before the days of internationals, were St Andrews men."
It is said that "If 'carrying' was initiated at Rugby, 'passing', the great feature of the back game, came from St Andrews where it was started by H. L. Dick and A. Thom"