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The 45th Annual St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament took place on Saturday 19th April 2014 in front of record crowds, who saw Minerva Builders win the Drummond Cup and Hillhead/Jordanhill win the Women's Competition.

To enter a team or find out more information about next year's competition please visit the official St Andrews 7s Website Facebook Page or contact the 7s Committee using the E-mail link below.

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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.

Each year, teams from across the UK travel to St Andrews at the end of April to compete for the coveted Drummond Cup or Stanley Plate, the former kindly presented to the club by E. P. Drummond Esq. following the inaugural tournament in 1970. In the early days of the competition local club sides from the North & Midlands Districts were joined by teams from the Borders, with the University supplying two or three sides themselves.

In recent years, teams from Glasgow Hawks RFC, Dundee HS FP RFC, Stewarts Melville FP RFC and universities including Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Manchester, Newcastle and of course St Andrews have taken part. The tournament currently fields between 10-15 St Andrews teams annually, made up of current rugby club members or former St Andrews students. It is common for a Freshers VII to enter each year and many year groups have returned annually, even after graduation, competing in up to 10-15 tournaments. Notable recent St Andrews Alumni teams include the Untouchables (winners 1997), Funky Monks (winners 1998), Des Lynams VII (winners in 1999 and 2005), Rat Pack (retired after 10 tournaments), A-Team, Slippery When Wet, Shark Kings (winners 2011).

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Director of Rugby, David Ross:
"The standard of 7s at our tournament is always extremely high with last yearís final boasting five players that had played 7s for their country or who had been selected for Scotland at representative level, as well as a host of Premier 1 club players."

The 44th Annual 7s in 2013 was launched by Glasgow Warriors back-row Chris Fusaro, who not only spent a season playing on the IRB 7s circuit in 07/08 and the Commonwealth Games in 2010 for Scotland but also played in the University of St Andrews 7s Tournament before he hit the big time:

Chris Fusaro, Glasgow Warriors, Scotland 7s:
"The St Andrews 7s is not only a great tournament but itís a great weekend away with your mates too. The standard is always really high and its slightly different from all other 7s tournaments in Scotland where players represent their clubs. What happens at St Andrews is you play with your mates you went to school with or know from university and there are lads from all over the UK coming back to Scotland just for this weekend. 7s is such a great game to develop your skills and fitness but at the same time is very social."

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2009         Luvians
2010         Glasgow Titans
2011         Shark Kings
2012         Cherry Poppers
2013    M: Cherry Poppers
            W: Melrose Ladies
2014    M: Minerva Builders
            W: Hillhead/Jordanhill

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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.


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.

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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.


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.

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