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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.




> 2014 - 2015 Season: Pre-season friendlies are confirmed for the 1st XV with GHK, Stirling University and Durham all lined up to prepare the club for The Scottish Varsity Match and the beginning of BUCS. Oxford, Cambridge and Northumbria have also been added to the friendly list for later in the season                 > Saturday 27th September 2014 - 18:00: Scottish Varsity Match, Richmond Athletic Ground, London                


The club turns out three Men's teams and one Women's team on a Wednesday in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships. Both the Men's and Women's 1st XV Squads play in the respective Premier 1A league, the top Scottish League and also participate in the BUCS Cup competition which is a UK Wide Competition and regularly travel around the UK for fixtures. The Men's 2nd and 3rd XV squads compete in the lower Scottish leagues on a Wednesday.

Additional friendly fixtures are also played during pre-season and throughout the rest of the season, with previous matches against Cambridge University, Durham University, GHK and several international touring sides.


The University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club has a strong touring tradition and has travelled across the globe to many exotic locations. The first recorded tour was during the 1951-52 season when the club travelled to the Scottish Borders and Yorkshire, playing the Royal Signals Batterick, Ottley, Harrogate, Jedforest and Hawick.

Over the next 25 years the club continued touring the UK, with further tours to Yorkshire, the Scottish Borders, London and Cambridge, Devon, the Isle of White and many trips to Ireland. In 1971 the club travelled to Holland to take part in an International Student's Tournament organised by the Dutch to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the rebuilding of Rotterdam and thus started the tradition of international touring.

Every two years the club embarks on an international trip during the summer vacation and in the past has travelled to Grenoble, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South America, Poland and South Africa.


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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