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The most successful University Rugby Programmes have a strong community of supporters behind them. This community involvement may be in the form of donations or general support and can come from graduates of the University or those with a vested interest in building the programme.

Only by having consistent and successful input from our supporters can we look to keep pushing the boundaries of our rugby achievements.

If you are an alumnus or alumna of the University of St Andrews or played for Saints Rugby and would like to receive further information and updates about the club, please click on the link below to fill out our alumni contact form.




The University of St. Andrews Rugby Football Club was founded in 1858. "In 1858-59 Rugby Football was started by an old Rugby boy" it is said from the reminiscence of James Simpson Scotland who was a matriculated student at the University at that time. However the beginning of something akin to the modern system of organised athletic activity seems to have been associated, in the case of St Andrews, with the opening of St Leonard's Hall in 1861. This was a residence for male students deliberately designed to win back the Scottish aristocracy and professional classes from the English Universities. Andrew Lang, who came from Edinburgh Academy as an original member of St Leonard's Hall is quoted as saying "Rugby football and golf and cricket were much more in our thoughts than the historical associations of the place", and indeed in November 1863 the hand written St Leonard's Magazine mentioned that "Our football club has been found for the session or season under circumstances of unexampled prosperity. Our subtle thanks to his energy and zeal in four years of captaincy" although it did not mention any names, it is thought unlikely to have been that same "old Rugby boy" but a certain Charles Stewart (St Leonard's Magazine of the 1860's was written entirely by Andrew Lang). At this time rugby was thought of at the forefront of varsity activity together with golf and cricket, as exemplified in the very same article; "Play hard and keep at it and while you are about it, let your training, your muscular exertion and high spirits lead you to a place in the XV, and being in that enviable position, play to win". The XV being mentioned here is probably the hall XV as at this stage the University and St Leonards formed two separate clubs.


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.


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 September 2008 the rugby club, the oldest sporting club in the University, celebrated its 150th Anniversary. The celebrations were centred round the week of 10th-14th September 2008 when the rugby club were privileged to host the South Africa Rugby Legends and the Scottish Rugby Legends. The South Africa Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) is an organisation in South Africa founded by John Allan, ex Scotland and Springbok international. The organisation raises money to fund rugby clinics for underprivileged children and also aims to improve the standard of living of these children through various programmes and life courses. As part of thanking the ex-Springboks and premier South African rugby players who offer their services to the SARLA, John Allan brought a team of eLan Rugby Legends on a short tour of Scotland in September 2008 in order to defend their World Champions title. SARLA had previously won the World Champions Trophy in Durban in 2006 and went on to win the World Rugby Classics in Bermuda a year later, in what turned out to be a phenomenal year for South African rugby. In 2008 the eLan Rugby Legends took to the field once more as part of the 17th Air New Zealand Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival in Edinburgh, kicking off their Scottish Tour in style. Up to 3,000 players took part in the festival with 121 teams all signing up. Global heroes from yesteryear subscribed to the philosophy of 'fun, friendship and fraternity', the message being spread by Gavin Hastings, the Festival Ambassador and Scottish Rugby Legend. The Golden Oldies donned their boots at the home of Scottish Rugby, Murrayfield as the 17th Golden Oldies festival stopped over in Scotland for the first time, marking the 30th anniversary of the Golden Oldies tournament. The biennial tournament permits the more 'experienced players' who are over the age of 35 to participate. Games were played on 2nd, 4th and 6th September with social activities and clinics planned for the days off. On the 6th September the eLan Rugby Legends took part in a social game against the Wooden Spoon Legends which boasted a sterling line up of international capped players.

1858 Club

To celebrate our long and distinguished history, the University of St Andrews RFC is proud to announce the creation of a supporters club, the 1858 Club.

Rugby at the University of St Andrews has developed into the leading programme in Scotland, and we are aiming to become the best in the UK. To achieve this, we need to be able to offer the very best facilities, training and experience. We want to provide the very best experience, a sustainable club and a way for you to continue participating in rugby at St Andrews. You will be investing in the future of rugby at St Andrews, ensuring that future generations of players make fond memories like your own.

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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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1858 CLUB

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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