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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.




HALL OF FAME



ST ANDREWS LEGENDS



Tyrone Howe

MA German and International Relations, 1994

Hall of Fame "As an 18 year old, who initially felt a long way from home, the University rugby club provided me with an immediate circle of like-minded individuals and the framework within which my life and education at St. Andrews would be nurtured."

"I still love that bold symbol - the Cross of St Andrews. You knew exactly who you were representing. That was crucial for me and remained so throughout the rest of my rugby career, whether it was the crown of Oxford, the red hand of Ulster or the shamrock of Ireland.
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Chris Rea

MA Modern History, 1966

Hall of Fame "I was smitten by St. Andrews at an early age. Ever since my father took me to watch the 1st XV play at University Park. This is the place for me, I thought."

"The memories are as vivid today as they were forty plus years ago. For a start, it was the most enjoyable rugby of my life. Training or playing six days a week, the comradeship of like minded young men, and the after match mayhem. The rugby itself was joyously uninhibited and of a standard high enough to compete with the best in the country.
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Damian Hopley

Graduate MA Theology, 1992

Hall of Fame "St AURFC was full of diverse characters from all walks of like, and long may that continue. I was very fortunate to fulfil my boyhood dream and go onto represent my country at full international level, and the University played its part in both my academic and rugby education."

"Summer was my favourite time of the year to be in St Andrews. The light in the long summer evenings was incredible and whether it was playing cricket at Freuchie or Elie, or golfing on the New or Jubilee long into the evening, it was a very magical part of the world to live.
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SCOTLAND INTERNATIONALISTS

Hall of Fame ANNABEL SEARGENT
Richmond
2011: France (R), Wales, Ireland, England, Italy
2013: England, Italy, Ireland, Wales, France, FIRA[It Sw]
2014: Ireland, England, Italy, France






Hall of Fame JONATHAN PETRIE
Glasgow Warriors, Caledonia Reds, Colomiers, Dundee High School FP
2000: New Zealand (20), USA, Australia, Samoa
2001: France, Wales, Italy(R), Ireland (R), Tonga, Argentina
2002: France (R), Wales (R), Canada, Romania (R), Fiji
2003: France (R), Wales (R), South Arica, Italy, Wales, Ireland;
WORLD CUP: Japan, USA, France, Australia
2004: Italy (R), Italy (R), Samoa (R), Australia, Japan, Australia, South Africa (R)
2005: France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, England (R), Romania
2006: France (R), Wales (R), Ireland (R), South Africa



Hall of Fame CAMERON GLASGOW
Scotland A/B, Scotland U21, Barbarians, Edinburgh, Heriots FP, Cambridge University Blue, Edinburgh Wanderers, Howe of Fife
1997: France (R)







W. LINDSAY RENWICK
Scotland B, Barbarians, British Colleges XV, Scottish Exiles, Londond Scottish, Sale, Stirling County
1989: Romania








Hall of Fame DAVID L. BELL
Rugby: Barbarians, London Scottish, Watsonians, Oxford University Blue
Cricket: Scotland, Watsonians, Aberdeenshire
1975: Ireland, France, Wales, England







Hall of Fame CHRISTOPHER W. W. REA
British and Irish Lions, Barbarians, West of Scotland, Headingly, Dundee High Scool FP, Sale
1968: Australia
1969: France, Wales, Ireland, South Africa
1970: France, Wales, Ireland, Australia
1971: France, Wales, Ireland, England, England Centenary
BRITISH LION: 1971 TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA




Hall of Fame DAVID JAMES WHYTE
Barbarians, Edinburgh Wanderers
1965: Wales, Ireland, England, South Africa
1966: France, Wales, Ireland, England, Australia
1967: France, Wales, Ireland, England
8 GREAT BRITAIN ATHLETICS VESTS





Hall of Fame MICHAEL KELSEY ELGIE
Rugby: North of Scotland, Middlesex, Londond Counties, London Scottish
Cricket: South Africa, Natal, Middlesex CCC
1954: New Zealand, Ireland, England, Wales
1955: France, Wales, Ireland, England
SOUTH AFRICAN CRICKETER: 1961-62: 3 CAPS V NEW ZEALAND





Hall of Fame JOHN S. SWAN
Army, London Scottish, Leicester, Coventry
1953: England
1954: France, New Zealand, Ireland, England, Wales
1955: France, Wales, Ireland, England
1956: France, Wales, Ireland, England
1957: France, Wales
1958: France



Hall of Fame JAMES STUART 'HAMISH' SCOTT
North Malaya, Blackheath, Madras FP
1950: England








Hall of Fame A. M. THOMPSON
1949: Ireland









Hall of Fame RAB B. BRUCE-LOCKHART
Cambridge University, London Scottish
1937: Ireland
1939: Ireland, England







Hall of Fame DUNCAN JAMES MACRAE
British and Irish Lions, Barbarians, Edinburgh Accademicals
1937: Wales, Ireland, England
1938: Wales, Ireland, England
1939: Wales, Ireland, England
BRITISH LION: 1938 TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA





JAMES STEWART WILSON
1931: France, Wales, Ireland, England
1932: England





Hall of Fame COLIN C. P. HILL
1912: France, Ireland









Hall of Fame ROBERT C. STEVENSON
British and Irish Lions, Barbarians
1910: France, Ireland, England
1911: France, Wales, Ireland
BRITISH LION: 1910 TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA






Hall of Fame ALEXANDER R. MOODIE
1910: France
1911: France






REV. PETER ANTON
1873: England





ALFRED CLUNIES-ROSS
1871: England









ROBERT MUNRO
1871: England








J. S. THOMSON
Glasgow Academicals
1871: England



ENGLAND INTERNATIONALISTS

Hall of Fame DAMIAN PAUL HOPLEY
England A, England 7's, Barbarians, Wasps, Cambridge University Blue
1993: Melrose World 7s Trophy Winner
1995: Samoa, Samoa, South Africa







Hall of Fame ALEXANDER C. W. SNOW
England A, England B, Harlequins, Edinburgh, Heriot's FP







IRELAND INTERNATIONALISTS

Hall of Fame TYRONE GYLE HOWE
British and Irish Lions, Barbarians, Ulster, Oxford University
2000: USA, Japan, South Africa
2001: Italy, France, Romania, Samoa
2002: Italy
2003: Tonga, Wales
2004: France, Wales, England, South Africa
BRITISH LION: 2001 TOUR OF AUSTRALIA

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.




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PERFORMANCE SPORT

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.

FACILITIES

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.

COMMITTEE

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.

ADMISSIONS

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.

HISTORY

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.

PAST CAPTAINS

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.

150TH ANNIVERSARY

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
St Andrews 7s
Saints Rugby Squads
Outreach
Sponsors

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.

SQUADS

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

OUTREACH

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.

SPONSORS

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.

ALDI
Alliance Trust
Nutrition X
O'Neills
St Andrews Dental Care
Sandy's Bar

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