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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.





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 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.

The form of the game at this point appeared to vary between fifteens and twenties, whilst in the University it was generally played by, "a lot of heavy strongmen, highlanders some of them". Despite their strength within the University, they had to go far afield to get a team to meet them so that many of their matches were intra-University.

Christopher Nicolson Johnston As to the standard of rugby at this time, it is unsure although one former student, Christopher Nicolson Johnston (Lord Sands to be) had few doubts; "It is perhaps not generally known that St Andrews was the nursery of Rugby football in Scotland in the 'sixties of last century, and when clubs were being formed in the great towns and school teams were being organised the St Andrews University team was second to none. The first batch of famous players just before the days of internationals, were St Andrews men. The Edinburgh Wanderers, which is still going strong, started as the "St Andrews Wanderers", formed by St Andrews men who had found their way to Edinburgh. Matches and competitions now predominate. Then the game predominated. A match was a special and rare event. A game with sides picked on the spot was the normal form of the sport." Lord Sands.

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". Dick and Thom, however, did not get any recognition as international footballers and so their true qualities could never be assessed.

The Edinburgh Academicals Football Club convened a series of meetings and, in 1868, with the agreement of the other schools and clubs, set out and had printed rules for the game in Scotland. The resulting booklet 'Laws of Football as played by the Principal Clubs in Scotland' became known as The Green Book. Alas, no copy survives but it is worthy of note that neither the clubs nor The Green Book felt it necessary to include the word 'Rugby' in their title. Indeed, the Scottish Football Union, formed in 1873, did not alter its name to become the Scottish Rugby Union until 1924 - the year prior to the opening of Murrayfield.

A Clunies-RossR Munro 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 showing the importance of the club at this time.

In 1872 J. S. Thomson was also part of another historic first rugby encounter when he was selected as part of the representative side of Glasgow, to face a representative side from Edinburgh. This was the inaugural inter-city match between Glasgow and Edinburgh, which today is known as the 1872 Cup and has the distinction of being the oldest inter-city rugby competition in the world.

In 1871, due to heightened interest in Rugby in Scotland, pressure mounted on the playing of an International. Following a meeting on 5th December, representatives of four Scottish Clubs (Edinburgh Academicals, West of Scotland, Glasgow Academicals, and University of St Andrews), wrote to B.H. Burns, the Secretary of Blackheath.

The letter of challenge issued on behalf of the Senior Scottish Clubs:

There is a pretty general feeling among Scotch football players that the football power of the old country was not properly represented in the late so-called International Football Match. Not that we think the play of the gentlemen who represented Scotland otherwise than very good - for that it was so is amply proved by the stout resistance they offered to their opponents and by the fact that they were beaten by only one goal - but that we consider the Association rules, in accordance with which the late game was played, not such as to bring together the best team Scotland could turn out. Almost all the leading clubs play by the Rugby Code, and have no opportunity of practising the Association game even if willing to do so. We therefore feel that a match played in accordance with any rules other than those in general use in Scotland, as was the case in the last match, is not one that would meet with support generally from her players. For our satisfaction, therefore, and with a view of really testing what Scotland can do against an English team we, as representing the football interests of Scotland, hereby challenge any team selected from the whole of England, to play us a match, twenty-a-side, Rugby rules, either in Edinburgh or Glasgow on any day during the present season that might be found suitable to the English players. Let this count as the return to the match played in London on 19th November, or, if preferred, let it be a separate match. If it be entered into we can promise England a hearty welcome and a first-rate match. Any communications addressed to any one of us will be attended to.
We are, etc.
A. H. Robertson, West of Scotland FC
F. J. Moncrieff, Edinburgh Academical FC
B. Hall Blyth, Merchistonian FC
J. W. Arthur, Glasgow Academical FC
J. H. Oatts, St Salvador FC, St Andrews

The first ever international match: Scotland v England played at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh, Monday 27th March 1871, in front of a crowd of 4000 (Scotland won by one goal and one try to one try, the teams were 20-a-side and Halves were 50 minutes each). The try was awarded after a 10 minute argument, leading to a famous aphorism by Dr H. H. Almond (1832-1903), the Scottish umpire: "I must say, however, that when an umpire is in doubt, I think he is justified in deciding against the side which makes the most noise. They are probably in the wrong" (Dr H. H. Almond did much to establish rugby in Scotland and to develop the game as a handling game).

The scores for Scotland were obtained by Angus Buchanan, from whose try W. Cross kicked a goal, but he was unsuccessful in his attempt to convert the second try which he scored himself. The English try was credited to R. H. Birkett, but F. Stokes, the English captain, was unsuccessful with the place kick.


A. G. Guillemard (West kent) - Back, A. Lyon (Liverpool) - Back, R. R. Osbourne (Manchester) - Back, W. Maclaren (Manchester) Three-quarter back, J. E. Bentley (Gipsies) - Half-back, F. Tobin (Liverpool) - Half-back, J. F. Green (West kent) - Half-back, F. Stokes (Blackheath), Captain, R. H. Birkett (Clapham Rovers), B. H Burns (Blackheath), J. H. Clayton (Liverpool), C. A. Crompton (Blackheath), A. Davenport (Ravenscourt Park), J. M. Dugdale (Ravenscourt Park), A. S. Gibson (Manchester), A. St. G. Hamersley (Marlborough Nomads), J. H. Luscombe (Gipsies), C. W. Sherrard (Blackheath), D. P. Turner (Richmond), H. J. C. Turner (Manchester).


W. D. Brown (Glasgow Academicals) - Back, T. Chalmers (Glasgow Academicals) - Back, A. Clunies-Ross (St Andrews University) - Back, J. W. Arthur (Glasgow Academicals) - Half-back, F. Cross (Merchistonians - Half-back, T. R. Marshall (Edinburgh Academicals), F. I. Moncrieff (Edinburgh Academicals), Captain, A. Buchanan (Edinburgh University), A. B. Colville (Merhistonians), A. Drew (Glasgow Academicals), W. Forsyth (Edinburgh University), F. Finlay (Edinburgh Academicals), R. Irvine (Edinburgh Academicals), W. Lyall (Edinburgh Academicals), H. Mein (Edinburgh Academicals), J. W. McFarlane (Edinburgh University), D. Munro (St Andrews University), T. Ritchie (Merhistonians), F. Robertson (West of Scotland), J. S. Thomson (St Andrews University/Glasgow Academicals).

A match report was carried on page five of the Glasgow Herald on 28 March 1871.

The importance of the club was further exemplified when a meeting of "all Members of Clubs playing the Rugby Union Rules" were invited to a meeting on 3rd March 1872 and St Andrews University was represented by two officials (one of whom, the Captain P. Anton was later to play for Scotland against England in 1873) and so the club is termed a Founder member of the Union as recorded in the minutes of the first A.G.M. in October 1873.

The club continued successfully, gaining fixtures, although the number never rose above ten in a season, and were regarded to be in a "prominent position among the northern clubs", but by the end of the nineteenth century the Honourable Secretary Mr A. Stoddard Murray "regretted the low state to which the club had come to due to general apathy and that the club should uphold the once famous name of the St Andrews Varsity XV".

Andrew Carnegie At the turn of the century the club moved from Station Park to University Park. The grounds at University Park also known as Carnegie Playing Fields were gifted to the University in 1904 by Andrew Carnegie.

Carnegie Playing Fields A pavilion was constructed and for the first time the shirts changed to the distinctive navy blue from red. With these improvements the form of the club rose, appearing in several North of Scotland Cup Finals and annually having a number of players selected for the North district.

Indeed on 20th March 1909 the captain noted that "A. R. Moodie of this club was capped in the Scotland v England international at Richmond - HURRAH!". A. R. Moodie was the first internationalist since P. Anton in 1873. This period was a high point for the club. Not only Moodie but R. C. Stevenson and C. C. P. Hill earned caps before the War whilst University Park enjoyed its first of many representative fixtures. However, the club slumped during the War and it was only at the end of the 1920's that anything of its pre-war standing was regained with a much improved fixture list and James Stewart Wilson gaining caps in 1931 and 1932.

A R Moodie             C C P Hill

Scotland, British and Irish Lions, Barbarians

R C Stevenson British and Irish Lions 1910 Stevenson attended Kirkcaldy High School, before studying Medicine at the University of St Andrews. During his time as a student in St Andrews, Stevenson went on to win 6 caps for Scotland, playing in the first series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship in 1910 following the inclusion of France into the Home Nations Championship. Including the previous Home Nations Championships, this was the twenty-eighth series of the annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship.

Stevenson also played for the Barbarians and was a member of the 1910 British Lions tour to South Africa, playing in 15 games on the tour, including all three Test matches against the South African national team.

The 1910 British Isles tour to South Africa was the eighth tour by a British Isles team and the fourth to South Africa. It is retrospectively classed as one of the British Lions tours, as the Lions naming convention was not adopted until 1950. As well as South Africa, the tour included a game in Bulawayo in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Led by Ireland's Tommy Smyth and managed by Walter E. Rees and W. Cail the tour took in 24 matches. Of the 24 games, 21 were against club or invitational teams and three were test matches against the South African national team. The British Isles team lost two and won one test match against the Springboks.

By the 1934-35 season the club had been raised to championship status and two of its players in this side went on to play for Scotland; D. J. Macrae (1937-39 whilst still at University) and R. B. Bruce-Lockhart on leaving St Andrews.

John Macgregor Bruce-Lockhart OBE, was born in 1914, into a family of rugby-playing schoolmasters. His father, J. H. Bruce Lockhart, a one-time headmaster of Sedbergh School, played rugby for Scotland, as did two of his brothers Rab and Logie; his uncle, Sir Robert, was the author of Memoirs of a British Agent. John was educated at Rugby School, where he captained the rugby first XV, as he did at St Andrews University, where he graduated in French and German in 1936 before returning to Rugby as an Assistant Master in 1937. He served with the Intelligence Corps from 1940 until joining the SIS in 1942.

Scotland, British and Irish Lions, Barbarians, Edinburgh Accademicals
Medicine 1939

D J Macrae Lions Squad 1938 Whilst studying at St Andrews University, Duncan MacRae MC, attracted attention for his skill and sportsmanship leading to eight appearances for the Barbarians. Macrae went on to win nine caps for Scotland, playing his first test against Wales in February 1937. His best season was in 1938 when he scored a try against the Irish, but the highlight of the season was a victory against the English at Twickenham securing the Triple Crown for Scotland. Macrae formed a great backline combination with Wilson Shaw and Charles Dick for Scotland.

Macrae's good form led to selection as a member of the 1938 British Lions tour to South Africa. He played in 11 of the first 15 matches of the tour including the first test in Johannesburg, but injury ended his tour prematurely. His rugby career was ended by World War II.

He enlisted in the Territorial Army of 4th/5th Seaforth Highlanders together with his brother Farquhar Macrae. In January 1940, he went to France with the 51st Highland Division serving at medical officer. Macrae was awarded a Military Cross for his part in the battle at Saint-Valery-en-Caux but was captured in June 1940 along with others in his Division. He volunteered to serve as medical officer at Stalag VIII B, Lamsdorf, Upper Silesia.

On his return to Scotland, Macrae practised as a doctor in Dingwall for 30 years before retiring to Gairloch, serving as president of the Ross Sutherland Rugby Football Club.

1942-1943 Season:

Blues: J. L. Hilton, R. Lind, Bej. R. D. A. Smith, D. H. Prevan and J. L. Lindsay

1943-1944 Season:

Captain: D. H. Prevan; Secretary: J. L. Lindsay; Treasurer: J. L. Hilton
Played: 15; Won: 11; Lost: 3; Drew: 1
Points For: 197; Against: 55
Blues: D. Allardyce, A. Munro, J. Paton


  • "An extraordinary Meeting was held on 25th January 1944 to fill the vacancy of Hon. Secretary due to the departure of J. L. Lindsay who went to serve on H. M. Forees. W. N. Niven was unanimously appointed to fill the position."

J. L. Lindsay (Hon. Sec.)

1944-1945 Season:

Captain: R. R. Stevenson; Secretary: W. N. Niven; Treasurer: A. L. Stead
Played: 10; Won: 8; Lost: 2; Drew: 0
Points For: 116; Against: 23
Blues: R. R. Stevenson, W. N. Niven, Bej Cooper, R. D. Mills, I. Petrie, Bej Newsome, Bej Dickinson


  • "Due to an outbreak of infantile paralysis (polio) the University as placed under a quarantine order and the fixtures with Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities had to be cancelled."
  • "13th January-3rd February 1945 all games cancelled due to frost and snow."

W. N. Niven (Hon. Sec.)

During the 2nd World War the club "maintained its high standard as one of the best clubs in Scotland" which was highlighted by a victory at Waterloo on December 22nd 1945 over the English Universities by 20 points to 3.

1945-1946 Season:

Captain: W. N. Niven; Secretary: T. B. Cooper; Treasurer: G. Howie
Played: 15; Won: 10; Lost: 4; Drew: 1
Points For: 154; Against: 74
Blues: G. Howie, R. W. Grant, Bej Ross, A. R. Murray, A. Mann
Scottish Universities: R. D. Mills (England, Kiwis, Ireland), G. Howie (Kiwis, Ireland), I. Ross (Kiwis), A. Stead (Ireland), A. R. Murray (England), A. Mann (Ireland)

T. B. Cooper (Hon. Sec.)

1946-1947 Season:

Captain: T. B. Cooper; Secretary: Bej Ross; Treasurer: Bej Pride
Played: 7; Won: 2; Lost: 2; Drew: 2
Points For: 109; Against: 57


  • "Hon. Sec. I. A. Ross was called up before he could fulfil his role and so the books were not filled in for the first 6 games of the season. G. Pride was elected Hon Sec and only received the books in the Second Term."

G. L. Pride (Hon. Sec.)

1947-1948 Season:

President: Prof Graham M.A. D.Sc; Captain: P. W. Grant; Secretary: G. L. Pride; Treasurer: W. D. T. Baxter
Played: 9; Won: 4; Lost: 4; Drew: 1
Points For: 124; Against: 90


  • "Joseph Lorimer Lindsay was both a Rugby Blue and a Golf Blue. He was the first student world-wide to win the Boyd Quaich immediately after WW2. Sadly he died aged 37."

G. L. Pride (Hon. Sec.)

1948-1949 Season:

Captain: J. K. Whyte; Secretary: J. L. Lindsay; Treasurer: J. E. Matthews.
Played: 18; Won: 4; Lost: 12; Drawn: 2
Scottish Universities: v English Universities at Old Anniesland on February 22nd: J. K. Whyte, A. S. Thomson, H. Scott, J. L. Lindsay. Scottish Universities won 22-14.
Fife: v Perth & Angus at Dawnfield on 30th October: A. A. Reid, I. A. Ross, D. M. Bayne, H. Scott, A. C. Hill
Midlands: v North at Aberdeen on 6th November: A. A. Reid, I. A. Ross, D. M. Bayne, H. Scott, A. S. Thomson (Reserves: I. A. MacKinlay, A. C. Hill)
North: v South at Perth on 13th November: I. A. Ross, A. S. Thomson, H. Scott


  • "A. S. Thomson brought great honour to the club - one of the oldest in Scotland - by gaining his cap for the match with Ireland after having acted as travelling reserve in Paris and at Murrayfield of the Welsh game. He was also reserve in attendance at Twickenham. H. Scott, after appearing in all trials for Scotland including the trial at Murrayfield, was reserve in attendance at Twickenham and at Murrayfield for the Irish match and played for the Rest of Scotland v The Army at Glasgow.

J. L. Lindsay (Hon. Sec.)

A M Thompson

1949-1950 Season:

Secretary: J. S. Swan
Played: 22; Won: 11; Lost: 9; Drawn: 2
Fife: v Perth & Angus at St Andrews on Wednesday 26th October, 1949: H. Scott, A. M. Thomson, J. K. Whyte, J. A. MacKinlay, B. Rosenberg, J. S. Swann
Midlands: v North at St Andrews on Saturday 5th November, 1949: H Scott, A. M. Thomson, J. A. McKinlay, J. S. Swann (J. A. McKinlay also represented Cheshire at the beginning of the season in the English Counties Championship).
North: v South at Aberdeen on Saturday 12th November 1949: H. Scott, A. M. Thomson. H Scott was our sole representative for the first trial at Melrose on Saturday 17th December 1949.
Scottish Universities: v English Universities at Liverpool: H. Scott, A. M. Thomson


  • "Hamish Scott was reserve in attendance for the French, Welsh and Irish games and then he brought supreme honour to the club by gaining his cap for the Calcutta Cup game against England at Murrayfield on Saturday 18th March. Following as this does on A. M. Thomson's cap against Ireland last season; the club can feel justly proud of its International Representation."

J. S. Swann (Hon. Sec.)

Scotland, North Malaya, Blackheath, Madras FP
Geology 1950, PhD Parasitology 1960

Hamish Scott "Dr James Stuart “Hamish” Scott, who has died aged 86 while on a visit from his home in St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, to his childhood home of St Andrews in Fife, was a Scottish rugby internationalist and scientist.

He wore the thistle for the only time as number eight in the Scotland XV which beat England 13-11 in the Calcutta Cup match of 1950 at Murrayfield. At the time, he was an undergraduate at St Andrews and, like several contemporaries from that varsity team, he had also played for Scottish Universities. In fact, Scott was the last St Andrews student to be capped internationally prior to graduating.

Hamish attended Madras College, excelling both in the classroom and on the rugby pitch. He left school during the Second World War and, like so many of his generation, was soon on active service, with the Royal Navy. He served on the destroyer HMS Scorpion, with the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow, which exposed him to escort duties on the Russian convoys. Scorpion and Scott also saw action in the Battle of North Cape, during which the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst was sunk.

He later saw service in Australia, before, on demobilisation, the now Petty Officer Scott was finally able to resume his academic career.

Prior to being called up, he had completed two terms of an engineering course at Dundee’s United College, part of St Andrews University, but, on returning to academia in 1946, he transferred to read for a geology degree.

He spent the long vacation of 1949 as a member of an expedition studying in Nepal, visiting and surveying parts of that country which had long been closed to Europeans. During this trip, under W H “Bill” Tilman, the famous mountaineer and explorer, the party, which included the Sherpa Norgay Tensing, surveyed the areas of Langtang, Ganesh and Manang. Scott was official photographer on the trip, which also saw the first ascent of the 5,896m mountain Paldor and the discovery of what is now the Tilman Pass, beyond Gangchempo.

His graduation, in 1950 came shortly after his international breakthrough, but he turned his back on possible future rugby honours by taking the Colonial Office’s fisheries course, playing for Blackheath while training in London, prior to taking up a post with the colonial government in Malaya, where his field of expertise was marine biology.

He represented North Malaya against South Malaya at rugby, while his work enabled him to write the definitive book on the fish life of Malayan waters.

He then returned to St Andrews in 1960 to complete his PhD in parasitology, and turn out for Madras FP, where he was an honorary life member.

(Taken from the article on Monday 19 April 2010 in The Herald - Alex King)

1950-1951 Season:

Secretary: D. S. Ross
Played: 18; Won: 7; Lost: 10; Drawn: 1
Points For: 170; Against: 207
Fife: J. S. Swan, P. Baker, A. M. Thomson
Midlands: J. S. Swan
North: J. S. Swan
Angus: J. L. Graham
Scottish Universities: v English Universities: A. J. Mutch, J. L. Graham, J. S. Swan (the match was unfortunately cancelled because of frost)


  • "The club's visit to Hawick was a noteworthy event as it was the first to the borders since just before the recent war, and the first to Mansfield Park since the early 1920s. The visit of Queen's University was another highlight in a season that contained few moments of cheer. The Irish side included five international players, but although losing by a margin of thirteen points, the club played with plenty of team spirit which was all too often lacking in many other games."

D. S. Ross (Hon. Sec.)

1951-1952 Season:

Captain: I. McNab, Secretary: W. Thomson
Played: 22; Won: 12; Lost: 9; Drawn: 1
Points For: 220; Against: 171
Fife: v Perth: W. M. Lyall, A. Goldie, J. S. Swan, R. F. Madhill, L. N. Graham, A. J. Mutch (Playing for Perth against this side were: H. Scrimgeour, G. K. Shaw.
Midlands: J. S. Swan, A. Goldie
North: J. S. Swan, A. Goldie, A. Mutch, H. McWalter (who was travelling reserve for the North against the Springboks), R. Madhill (travelling reserve for North v South)

Tour to The Borders and Yorkshire: Royal Signals Batterick, Ottley, Harrogate, Jedforest, Hawick


  • "In a rather eventful season the usual spate of cancelled games occurred due to the hard frost and snow. Added to the four games unplayed due to these conditions two games were unplayed during the period of mourning for the late King."
  • "Clubs to show grand hospitality [Tour to the Borders & Yorkshire] were Royal Signals Batterick, Ottley, Harrogate, Jedforest and Hawick these clubs being especially singled out as it was in no small measure due to these clubs that the tour was possible. The tour which took place in the second week of the Easter vacation proved a great success and to the delight of all, the standard of play was applauded by all the clubs concerned. The results were favourable and but for an under estimation of the Ottley side might have been more so. Included in the Signals side that opposed the touring side, was J. G. F. Thomson, an old St Andrews player. Against Harrogate who included six guest Yorkshire caps the team did very well and in fact were a trifle unlucky not to be ahead at the finish. Jedforest were beaten by a goal to a drop goal. Hawick were very fortunate to have the excellent kicker J. Wright in their ranks and two lovely penalty goals by that player was the margin by which the touring side were beaten. Blinding snow showers took a great deal of the enjoyment from the game however."

W. Thomson (Hon. Sec.)

1952-1953 Season:

Secretary: G. B. James
Played: 20; Won: 7; Lost: 11; Drawn: 2
Fife: v Perth & Angus: W. Thomson (capt), J. W. A. Young, A. Goldie, M. K. Elgie, J. M. Anderson, G. W. Adam, H. McWalter, G. B. Sutton
Perth & Angus: v Fife: G. K. Shaw
Midlands: v North: A. Goldie, M. K. Elgie, J. M. Anderson, G. W. Adam, H. McWalter
North: v South: J. M. Anderson, M. K. Elgie, H. McWalter
Scottish Universities: v English Universities: M. K. Elgie, H. McWalter, J. McNab


  • "Outstanding new fixtures next season are the games against Cambridge University and Glasgow Academicals."
  • "Congratulations to J. S. Swan who played for the club from 1948-52 on gaining his cap in the Calcutta Cup game."

G. B. James (Hon. Sec.)

Scotland, Army, London Scottish, Leicester, Coventry BSc Maths and Physics 1952
Knickname: Ian

J. S. Swan (Leicester) Finest achievement: "Being awarded 17 caps for Scotland in an era when only 4 caps were awarded each year. There is some hint that Ian would have been awarded more but for an incident in 1958 when en route to Scotland's match in Cardiff he became ill and 'called off' from his mother-in-law's house in London. The SRU dropped him for the rest of the season believing he had stayed in Leicester for the birth of his first child. Also featuring high on Ian's achievement list would have been winning the Royal and Ancient's Jubilee Vase in 1983 and a score of 67 set on the Old Course in 1987."

Memory of St Andrews: "One of Ian's major escapes and fondest memories was that of almost being chosen to play Kate in the Kate Kennedy procession. Instead he played the role of some worthy lawyer and escaped much teasing. Being a local boy, born and bred, and educated at the local Madras College and then the University, he truly was a son of the ancient city and felt privileged to be part of it. It was fitting that his life should end 'at home' on the New Golf Course during the Royal and Ancient's match v the Town in 2004."

Sporting achievements: Apart from representing the South of Scotland at tennis and the Army for athletics, Ian distinguished himself as a rugby winger both for the local school and University. His first cap for Scotland came 6 months after graduating from St Andrews in a 26-8 defeat at Twickenham. There followed 6 more narrow defeats by the national side before Ian and his team mates celebrated the first Scottish win in 17 matches. Over the following 3 seasons that he played there followed 5 further victories for Scotland and four more defeats. The Independent of September 25th 2004 says of Ian, 'he was a handy winger capped 17 times. He made his debut against England in 1953, his last appearance coming in the victory over France in 1958. Born in St Andrews, Swan was educated at Madras College and the University of St Andrews. He went on to join the Army and so never played club rugby in Scotland. Instead he represented the Army, London Scottish, Leicester and Coventry.' Hugh McLeod, a former Scotland prop of that time, said of Ian, "he was not a flying machine, but he was stocky and difficult to pull down and always dealt with what came his way." He turned down the opportunity to go on the Lions tour of 1955 because of training course demands and an employer reluctant to release him.

1953-1954 Season:

Secretary: G. W. Adam
Played: 24; Won: 10; Lost: 12; Drew: 2
Fife: v Perth and Angus: W. G. Sutton, A. Dewar, J. M. Anderson, G. W. Adam
Midlands: v North: J. M. Anderson, G. W. Adam
North: v Edinburgh: W. Thomson, J. M. Anderson
North: v Glasgow: W. Thomson
North: v South: W. Thomson, F. J. Whitehurst
Scottish Universities: v English Universities: W. Thomson, A. Goldie, B. Smith
Scottish Universities: v Irish Universities: W. Thomson, A. Goldie, B. Smith, A. S. Noble (travelling reserves J. M. Anderson, S. V. Tuff)
Scottish Universities: v South: W. Thomson, J. M. Davidson

Tour to Yorkshire & London: Leeds University, Guys Hospital, United Hospitals, Civil Service


  • Won the Scottish Universities Championship for the first time since the early 30s.
  • Won the Midlands District Seven-a-side Tournament at Perth on 10th April 1954, the first time the club has won this tournament since 1929. Beat Howe of Fife 9-3 in the final.
  • "Congratulations to J. S. Swann, who played for the club from 1948-52on being capped for Scotland for all five of this season's international matches. Congratulations also to M. K. Elgie who played for the club during 1952-53 on being capped for Scotland against New Zealand, Ireland, England and Wales."

G. W. Adam (Hon. Sec.)

Rugby: Scotland, North of Scotland, Middlesex, London Counties, London Scottish
Cricket: South Africa, Natal, Middlesex CCC
BSc Maths and Chemistry 1953

Finest achievement: "It must be that I played rugby for Scotland and cricket for South Africa, two countries and two sports. In rugby one of the most memorable matches was beating Wales at Murrayfield to end a sequence of 18 consecutive defeats, of which I played in the last five. Winning the County Championship with Middlesex was also very exciting. I had a few memorable cricket matches. One which stands out is when Natal bowled out Border??? for 16 in their first innings and 18 in their second innings, which I believe is still a world record for a first class match. In that very same match I scored 162 not about overkill!"

Memory of St Andrews: "I have many happy memories of my student days in St Andrews and the many friendships I made. The Kate Kennedy procession was special, walking on the pier in a blustery wind after celebrating somewhere and having had a late party, getting early morning fresh rolls from the bakery followed by a round of golf before breakfast. The sports tours were great fun and you can't fault three years in Hamilton Hall overlooking the 18th green of the Old Course."

Sporting achievements: Kim, South African born and bred, came to St Andrews in 1950 from South Africa. He broke into the 1st XV in his second year and in his third year was invited to play for the North of Scotland against the South. After the match, one of the Scottish selectors asked Kim if he had any Scottish blood connections and after mentioning his grandmother Caldwell, he was told that that was not sufficient. After graduating that year, Kim went to London to study optometry and joined London Scottish. Within 6 weeks he progressed from London Scottish 3rd XV to the Scotland team, finding out about his selection in the newspaper. He gained 8 caps for Scotland in the seasons 1953-55, played for Middlesex and London Counties and may well have gone on to further caps either for Scotland or South Africa, but for cruciate ligament damage incurred during the Middlesex Sevens. He never played rugby again.

His cricketing talent was also recognised early at the University where he joined the 1st XI in his first year and went on to captain the team in his third year in 1953. Like the rugby scene there was no coach and training and development was very much left to the individual and club captain. Whilst he was a student at St Andrews he was invited for a Scottish trial but could not make it. He started playing cricket again on return to South Africa and played for a few seasons for Natal and in 1960-61 played in 3 tests against New Zealand.

"Michael Kelsey 'Kim' Elgie (born 6th March, 1933, Berea, Durban, Natal) is a former South African and Natal cricketer who played in 3 Tests against New Zealand from 1961 to 1962. Kim was a capable right-hand batsman and slow left-armer with his only significant contribution coming at Johannesburg where he made 56. He also played rugby for Scotland eight times as a centre while he was studying at the University of St Andrews between 1954-55 and 1955-56. Kim played for the College Rovers Club, the second oldest rugby club in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa." From ESPN-cricinfo

Test Career:
3 Matches: Runs 75; Batting Av. 12.50; 1 x 50; Top Score 56; Catches 4

First Class Career:
32 Matches, Runs 1834; Batting Av. 36.57; 3 x 100, 13 x 50; Top Score 162*; Wickets 10; Bowling Av. 40.5; Best Bowling 3/16; Catches 25

1954-1955 Season:

Played: 15; Won: 4; Lost: 11; Drew: 1
Fife: v Perth & Angus: G. W. Adam, J. M. Davidson, A. L. Watt, D. B. Yeoman
Midlands: v North: G. W. Adam
Scottish Universities: v South: G. W. Adam, J. M. Davidson, S. V. Tuff (the matches against English Universities and Irish Universities were cancelled).


  • "Congratulations to J. S. Swan who played for the club 1948-52 and to M. K. Elgie who played for the club in 1952-53, who both played in all four international matches this season."

(Hon. Sec.)

1955-1956 Season:

Secretary: J. J. B. Somerville
Played: 18; Won: 3; Lost: 15; Drew: 0;
Points For: 94; Against: 283
Midlands: v North: J. J. B. Somerville
Scottish Universities: v English Universities: S. V. Tuff
Scottish Universities: v South: S. V. Tuff, J. M. Anderson, S. G. Small


  • "K. G. Bett, front row forward, was sent off by the Referee in the match versus Jordanhill F.P. on 29th February 1956. Despite the witness of many who were present there, the decision of the referee to the Scottish Rugby Union was upheld and the player suspended from 29th February until 21st March. It was the first suspension in the history of the club and under the peculiar circumstances a most unfortunate occurrence for the team in general and the player in particular."
  • "Congratulations are due to M. K. Elgie who had a very large share in Middlesex's feet of winning the English Counties Rugby Championship this season. Middlesex beat Devon 13-9 at Twickenham on 10th March 1956. Congratulations also go to J. S. Swan who is now with 14 caps the veteran of the Scottish International side."

J. J. B. Somerville (Hon. Sec.)

1956-1957 Season:

Captain: A. K. Dewar, Secretary: S. G. Small
Played: 24; Won: 10; Lost: 13; Drew: 1
Points For: 152; Against: 210
Midlands: v North: S.G. Small
North/Midlands: v South: S. G. Small
North/Midlands: v Edinburgh: S. G. Small
North/Midlands: v Glasgow: S. G. Small
Scottish Universities(Past and Present): v South African Unis: N. J. Brow
Scottish Universities: v English Universities: N. J. Brow, S. G. Small
Scottish Universities: v Scottish Borders XV: D. K. Anderson, R. F. Parkinson, S. G. Small
Fife Select XV: v Edinburgh and Borders XV: T. B. Stewart, G. C. Stewart, S. G. Small


  • "Congratulations to J. S. Swan who played for the club 1948-52, in being selected for Scotland for the first two internationals this year and in playing for the Scottish Universities (Past and Present) XV versus the Sables."
  • "One of the club's vice-presidents, Dr A. R. Moodie of "the Wynd" St Andrews realising the importance of kicking especially the place kick, in the modern game, has very kindly presented a trophy for annual competition, for drop and place kicking, among the members of the club."
  • "After the last match, the season was appropriately ended with the presentation of an engraved tankard to A. K. Dewar by the team in appreciation of a most inspiring and successful year's captaincy."

S. G. Small (Hon. Sec.)

1957-1958 Season:

Secretary: D. K. Anderson
Played: 20; Won: 13; Lost: 6; Drew: 1
Points For: 184; Against: 154
Fife: v Perth & Angus: G. C. Stewart, S. G. Small, R. Tindal
Perth: & Angus v Fife: A. M. Nicol
Midlands: v North: S. G. Small, A. M. Nicoll
North/Midlands: v South: S. G. Small
North/Midlands: v Glasgow: S. G. Small, R. K. Carruthers
North/Midlands: v Edinburgh: S. G. Small, A. M. Nicoll
North/Midlands: v Wallabies: S. G. Small
Scottish Universities: v English Universities: N. J. Brow, R. F. Parkinson, W. D. Philips, D. K. Anderson, R. K. Carruthers, N. J. Lillie, K. J. Dargie, G. C. Stewart
Scottish Universities: v Scottish Borders: G. C. Stewart, S. G. Small, N. J. Brow, R. F. Parkinson, R. K. Carruthers, W. D. Phillips, K. J. Dargie

Tour to Ireland: C.I.Y.M.S, Queen's University Belfast, King's Scholars.


  • "At Perth on Saturday 12th April, the University crowned a fine season by winning the Midlands District Seven-a-side for the first time since 1954 and the third time in the 33 years of the tournament beating Howe of Fife 13-6 in the final."
  • "During the first term the competition for the Moodie Trophy was held: Winner: W. D. Phillips; Runners Up: D. M. Moffat, A. M. Nicoll, R. F. Parkinson."

D. K. Anderson (Hon. Sec.)

1958-1959 Season:

Captain: S. G. Small; Secretary: C. G. Murray
Played: 18; Won: 9; Lost: 9; Drew: 0;
Points For: 211; Against: 195
Perth & Angus: v Fife: A. M. Nicoll, D. J. Whyte, R. K. Carruthers, D. B. Yeaman, W. H. Brown
Midlands: v North: D. J. Whyte, W. H. Brown, A. M. Nicoll, S. G. Small
North/Midlands: v South: S. G. Small
Edinburgh and Glasgow: D.J. Whyte


  • "Congratulations to R. F. Parkinson for being chosen to play in the final Lancashire trial and the three subsequent Lancashire county games; these in his favourite position at centre which he likes so much better than his wing position in St Andrews. We wish him all the best at St Edmund College Oxford next year."
  • "Both international Universities matches against England and Ireland were cancelled over the cold after R. F. Parkinson, D. J. Whyte, S. G. Small(captain) and K. J. Dargie were selected to play with A. M. Nicoll, D. M. G. Main, R. J. Bacon and G. C. Stewart as reserves."
  • "The result of the Moodie Kicking Trophy was as follows: Winner: J. V. Bowen; Runner Up: W. D. Phillip."

C. G. Murray (Hon. Sec.)

1959-1960 Season:

Captain: R. K. Carruthers; Secretary: D. M. Moffat; Treasurer: D. Ross
Played: 21; Won: 7; Lost: 14; Drew: 0
Points For: 129; Against: 242
Scottish Universities: v English Universities at Hull: A. M. Nicoll, K. J. Dargie was unable to play due to injury. M. G. Hill, M. James, D. M. Moffat, J. Brooks and T. D. Ross were reserves
Scottish Universities: v South: A. M. Nicoll, R. K. Carruthers, D. M. Moffat, K. J. Dargie withdrew due to injury, J. Brooks was a reserve
Perth & Angus: v Fife at St Andrews: R. K. Carruthers, R. Ludlaw


  • "After one match D. J. Whyte had to give up for fear of jeopardising his chances as an Olympic long-jumper, our best wishes go with him, we hope to Rome."

D. M. Moffat (Hon. Sec.)

1960-1961 Season:

Captain: K. J. Dargie; Secretary: J. D. R. Willday
Played: 24; Won: 15; Lost: 7; Drew: 2
Points For: 280; Against: 160
North & Midlands: v South, v Glasgow, v South Africa: D. J. Whyte
Scottish Univesities: D. J. Whyte, K. J. Dargie, A. M. Nicoll
Fife: D. J. Whyte
Perth & Angus: A. M. Nicoll

Tour to Ireland: Queen's University Belfast, King's Scholars, Armagh.


  • "D. J. Whyte was chosen for both Scotland trials and distinguished himself playing opposite A. R. Smith."

J. D. R. Willday (Hon. Sec.)

  • "There was a sequel to this match (see 1958/59 season) towards the end of season 1960/61 when St Andrews beat Queen's 3 points to nil at University Park and a few weeks later beat them 11 to 3 (I think) in Belfast. Queen's were still a strong side with at least 3 Internationals (Davie and Jimmy Hewitt and Jim Dick) plus a sprinkling of triallists in their teams."
  • "Our Seven's side (which from memory comprised John (JR) Clarke, Hugh Begg, Aly Nicol, Dave Whyte, Andy Wright, Jim Christie and R Taylor) played off in the final of the Midland Sevens and lost 8 to 5 against Perth Accies. As the score suggests, it could easily have gone the other way. Given our relatively short season, it was the only Sevens competition we played that year."

Robert Taylor, 1959-62

1961-1962 Season:

Captain: A. M. Nicoll; Vice-Captain: D. J. Whyte; Secretary: H. M. Begg; Treasurer: A. W. V. Wright; Fixtures Secretary: W. Adam
Played: 21; Won: 6; Lost: 14; Drew: 1
Points For: 196; Against: 209
North & Midlands: v Edinburgh, v South, v Glasgow: J. R. Clarke, D. J. Whyte
Scottish Universities: v Irish and English Universities: J. R. Clarke, D. J. Whyte, A. Wright
Scottish Universities: v South: J. R. Clarke, D. J. Whyte, A. Wright, P. Martin


  • "D. J. Whyte played in both Scottish trials and was a travelling reserve versus Ireland."
  • "Election of Vice-Presidents: Wallace Adam, A. M. Carstairs, A. S. Strachan."
  • "The Moodie Trophy: Winner: A. Fraser, Runner Up: D. J. Anderson."

H. M. Begg (Hon. Sec.)

1962-1963 Season:

Captain: D. J. Whyte; Vice-captain: M. Barrat; Secretary: H. M. Begg; Treasurer: J. Cumming; Fixtures Secretary: G. W. Adam
Played: 20; Won: 9; Lost: 11; Drew: 0
Points For: 198; Against: 146

Tour to Ireland: Old Wesleyons, University College, Trinity College.


  • "The Moodie Trophy: Winner: J Christie."

H. M. Begg (Hon. Sec.)

1963-1964 Season:

Captain: J. D. Cumming; Secretary: C. P. Carter
Played: 26; Won: 18; Lost: 7; Drew: 1
Points For: 278; Against: 158
North & Midlands: v Edinburgh, South & Glasgow: B. W. Brown, C. P. Carter
North: v All Blacks: B. W. Brown, C. P. Carter
Scottish Universities: v English Universities at Leeds: J. D. Cumming (capt), T. J. Ellesmere, C. P. Carter, B. W. Brown, M. G. S. Debenham.
Scottish Universities: v South: B. W. Brown, C. P. Carter, P. J. Hinchliff, D. T. M. Salmond, M. G. S. Debenham. T. J. Ellesmere was chosen to play but had to with draw through injury


  • "P. J. Hinchliff was chosen for North & Midland against Glasgow but could not play through injury."
  • "T. J. Ellesmere was a travelling reserve for the North against the All Blacks."
  • "The Moodie Trophy Winner: D. Fogden."
  • "First time St Andrews have won the Cunningham Cup since 1957/8 season by beating Edinburgh University 8-3."
  • "St Andrews won the Scottish University Championship."

C. P. Carter (Hon. Sec.)

1964-1965 Season:

Captain: C. P. Carter
Played: 35; Won: 18; Lost: 11; Drew: 6
Points For: 441; Against: 270
British Universities: on their French Tour: C. P. Carter, T. J. Ellesmere
Scottish Universities: v Irish Universities in Edinburgh: C. P. Carter(capt), T. J. Ellesmere, A. J. Gainer, D. T. M. Salmond
North/Midlands: v South at Jedforest: C. P. Carter, A. J. Gainer, C. W. W. Rea, T. J. Ellesmere withdrew through injury
North/Midlands: v Edinburgh at St Andrews: C. P. Carter, T. J. Ellesmere, A. J. Gainer
North/Midlands: v Glasgow at Glasgow: C. P. Carter, T. J. Ellesmere, C. W. W. Rea
Midlands: v North at Aberdeen: C. P. Carter, T. J. Ellesmere, C. W. W. Rea
Co-optimists: in their R. F. Oakes Memorial Match: C. P. Carter
Perth & Angus: v Fife at Dundee: T. J. Ellesmere, T. G. C. Thomas

Tour to Ireland: Queen's University Belfast, North Wednesday, Malone.


  • "The Seven played extremely attractive rugby to win the Midlands District Seven-a-side Tournament at Perth, beating Dundee High School F.P. 23-5 in the final."
  • "The Moodie Trophy: Winner: G. M. McPartlin."
  • "Statistically the fourth best season since the war"
  • "Best wishes go to our Captain C. P. Carter who moves to Cambridge University next year."

(Hon. Sec.)

1965-1966 Season:

Captain: Gerry McPartlin; Treasurer: C. W. W. Rea
Played: 22; Won: 12; Lost: 10; Drew: 0
Points For: 228; Against: 204
British Universities: in their French tour: C. W. W. Rea
Scottish Universities: v South of Scotland: C. N. Todd, K. G. McCurrach, C. W. W. Rea, D. H. Paul (match cancelled)
Scottish Universities: v Irish Universities: G. M. McPartlin(capt), C. W. W. Rea, D. H. Paul
Scottish Universities: v Welsh Universities: G. M. McPartlin(capt), C. W. W. Rea, D. H. Paul, G. L. Desson
North/Midlands: v South of Scotland: v Edinburgh: v Glasgow: C. W. W. Rea
Midlands: v North: C. W. W. Rea, A. J. Gainer
Perth & Angus: v Fife: C. W. W. Rea Fife: v Perth & Angus: C. N. Todd, J. G. Spencer, D. T. M. Salmond, D. H. Paul
Dundee Representative XV: v Glasgow Select: K. G. McCurrach, J. Jelliman, S. J. Tristram. C. W. W. Rea withdrew because of injury


  • "The Moodie Trophy: Winner: G. L. Desson."
  • "Shared the Scottish Universities Championship with Edinburgh."
  • "In the last year of joint St Andrews - Dundee membership of the University Rugby Club, I should like to say what good team mates the Dundee boys have been, but to warn them that all former friendships will be forgotten when we meet next year!"
  • "C. W. W. Rea is also to be congratulated on making the British Universities Party to tour the West Country and to play against the French Universities."

(Hon. Sec.)

  • "The Club's standing in the sixties was a very successful period, at a time when the standard of university rugby was extremely high. In 1966 Edinburgh University won the Scottish Club Championship beating some of the best teams in the country such as Hawick, Melrose and Gala, and in that same year they were joint winners of the Scottish Universities Championship - with St Andrews. In 1966, the Club finished seventh in the Scottish Club Championship which then comprised the top 30 clubs in Scotland, in addition to winning a number of major sevens titles."

Chris Rea, 1964-66

With the formation of Dundee University apart from St Andrews in 1966, selection was limited to St Andrews students for the first time.

A decade after M. K. Elgie was capped for Scotland, D. J. Whyte made his debut for Scotland receiving his first cap against Wales.

Rugby: Scotland, Barbarians, Edinburgh Wanderers
Athletics: Great Britain
MA English 1963

Images: Scotland v England 1965; High jump Scottish Universities Championships (Aberdeen 1961); Long jump (Enfield 1958)

Finest achievement: "Representing Great Britain aged 18 in the long jump and recording a distance of 23 feet 4 inches, 13 Scottish rugby caps, Barbarian, 8 Great Britain athletics vests."

Memory of St Andrews: "Acting as the Jester at the Kate Kennedy Procession and being hunted down by a horde of children."

Sporting achievements: David was one of a rare breed winning a GB Athletics vest in his first year of undergraduate studies aged 18. Apart from his main event of long jump David also was more than a capable sprinter (100 yards personal best 10secs), triple jumper and high jumper. He won the AAA long jump title aged 19 in 1959, Scottish AAA Champion 1959, 1960 and 1966, a British and Irish Lions reserve 1961, 7 appearances for the Barbarians and had 13 Scottish rugby caps 1965-7."

1966-1967 Season:

Captain: M Singer
Played: 29; Won: 12; Lost: 15; Drew: 2
Scottish Universities: v Glasgow District: M. I. C. Singer, R. H. Dakin, D. H. Paul (reserve)
Scottish Universities: v U.A.U. and Welsh Universities: M. I. C. Singer
Midlands District 'A': v Midlands District Union: M. I. C. Singer(capt)

Tour to London: Old Merchant Taylors, Henley, Guy's Hospital.


  • "The Moodie Trophy: Winner: R. H. Dakin."
  • "This year - the first in which St Andrews and Dundee have been split - Sir John Carmichael kindly presented a trophy to be contended annually in the St Andrews v Dundee match. This year St Andrews University chalked up a comfortable 14-0 victory over their rivals thereby taking the trophy for its first year."

(Hon. Sec.)

1967-1968 Season:

Captain: P. J. G. Smith, Treasurer: P. E. Morris
Played: 24; Won: 6; Lost: 18; Drew: 0
Points For: 175; Against: 372
Scottish Universities: v London Universities, A. U. A., Welsh Universities: C. N. Todd
Midlands District "A": v Midland District Union: C. N. Todd (game cancelled)
Fife: v Perth & Angus: P. J. G. Smith
Perth & Angus: v Fife: R. J. Rawlinson


  • "The Moodie Trophy Winner: D. G. Stephenson."
  • "It is not possible to make the report without mentioning the visit of the University of the Orange Free State. As was expected trouble arose over the political issue of Apartheid. On the day of the game, play was held up for approximately twenty minutes by the students from Dundee University demonstrating on the pitch - several were arrested by the police. When the game eventually got underway we saw a very entertaining game of rugby by both teams, the combined St Andrews - Dundee team winning 11-0."
  • "Also I would like to thank our retiring President, Sir John Carmichael, for the services he has given to the club in the past."

(Hon. Sec.)

1968-1969 Season:

Captain: D. Rawlinson, Secretary: A. Smithyman, Treasurer: I. W. Stewart
Played: 26; Won: 7; Lost: 11; Drew: 3

Graduates Match v Old St Andreans: "The game was played on a beautiful sunny afternoon and proved to be very fast, very open and consequently most enjoyable, the visitors winning by two tries to one goal. After the match both teams joined the other club members for the Annual Dinner at Peat Inn and it is hoped this match will also become an annual event."
Old St Andreans:
A.Wright, G. Ritchie, G. Shaw, G. Hadley, J. Whelton, D. Salmond, R. Dakin, G. Desson, D. Harlington, S. Tristram, D. Paul, K. McCurrach, T. Ellesmere, G. McPartlin.


  • "Before closing this report I should like to thank Mr G Wallace Adam for the services he has given to the club in his post as Honorary Fixture Secretary. Mr Adam who captained the University side in 1954-55 has held this post since 1960-61 but has had to resign due to business reasons."
  • "Congratulations to Chris Rea who played for the university until 1966 on being capped for Scotland this season in all their internationals."

A Smithyman (Hon. Sec.)

Scotland, British and Irish Lions, Barbarians, West of Scotland, Headingly, Dundee High Scool, Sale
MA Modern History 1966

Finest achievement: "Scoring the winning try in the 1971 Calcutta Cup match, which marked Scotland's first victory over England at Twickenham for 33 years."

Memory of St Andrews: "Scaling the ramparts of McIntosh Hall (then an all women's residence) on Raisin Monday, and then being apprehended by the Warden who by an unhappy coincidence was also my aunt."

Sporting achievements:Chris played for the University 1st XV in the seasons 1964-66 and during the same time he played for Scottish Universities and also he captained British Universities against France in 1966. Between 1968 and 1971 Chris gained 13 caps for Scotland playing at centre three-quarter normally with John Frame or Jock Turner, and he scored 3 tries. His first cap was won in the 9-3 victory against Australia in November 1968 and signalled the start of a 4 year Scotland career that ended as it had begun, in victory, this time 26-6 against England on 27th March 1971 in the game marking that particular fixture's centenary. Not only did Chris score a try in the game but it was his second victory over England in that month, having been part of the squad that won the previous weeks 5 Nations meeting between the two sides. His consistently high performance levels earned recognition with selection for the British and Irish Lions on their 1971 tour to New Zealand and Australia. He scored three tries on the tour which was the first touring party and to date the only touring party to win a test series in New Zealand and referred to by many as the greatest ever to leave these shores and which won admiration of the rugby world. Here he played alongside John Dawes (Wales), Arthur Lewis (Wales), John Spencer (England) and Mike Gibson (Ireland), the latter whom he rates as the most difficult opponent he played against and the most gifted footballer of his generation - or any generation for that matter. Although picked as a centre, Chris played mostly as a fly-half during the tour due to injuries in the squad. His home clubs were West of Scotland and Headingly, he also played for Dundee High School and Sale. In his post playing years Chris continued to be involved with rugby through broadcasting and writing. Most recently he has been working for the International Rugby Board (IRB) where he has served as Head of Communications and presently as Broadcast Controller, which inter alia, involves weekly television and radio programme making for broadcasting in over 150 countries.

1969-1970 Season:

Captain: David Bell, Secretary: John Drummond
Played: 29; Won: 13; Lost: 15; Drew: 2
Points For: 422; Against: 366
North/Midlands: v South of Scotland: J. R. Rawlinson
North of Scotland: v 1970 Springboks: J. R. Rawlinson, D. L. Bell (reserve)
North/Midlands: v Glasgow: D. L. Bell (withdrew through injury)
Scottish Universities: v North/Midlands: J. R. Rawlinson, D. L. Bell
Scottish Universities: v London University: D. L. Bell
Scottish Universities: v Glasgow: D. L. Bell (capt)
Scottish Universities: v U.A.U.: D. L. Bell (capt)
Scottish Universities: v Welsh Universities: D. L. Bell (capt) (match cancelled due to weather)
Midlands Under 23 XV: v Midlands District Junior XV: D. L. Bell, D. H. Borrowman (withdrew through injury)
Midlands Under 23 XV: v Midlands District Union, North Under 23 XV, Edinburgh Under 23 XV: D. L. Bell (capt), D. H. Borrowman, K. D. Isles
Fife: v Perth & Angus: J. R. Rawlinson
North Under 23 XV: v Midlands Under 23 XV: A. Moffat, L. Doig
North/Midlands Under 23 XV: v London Scottish: D. L. Bell (capt), L. Doig

Tour to Cambridge and London: 22nd March-27th March 1970: Cambridge County, Orleans RFC, Old Creightonians RFC.
"The first match of the tour was against Cambridge County in Cambridge on the Monday evening. The University were not at full strength being minus key men through injury but none the less tackled a side containing two English trialists, six East Midlands players and the rest local county players."

The Rugby Club's Inaugural Seven-a-side Tournament was held on University Park 1970: "Dunfermline became the first side to win our seven-a-side tournament by beating Madras 11-8 in the final after extra time. The Women's match served as a most enjoyable prelude to the final though it is not certain whether or not the Scottish Rugby Union were in accord with this. It is hoped that the tournament will be an annual one as it would appear that all the clubs participating were in favour of the league system which ensured more than one game and in consequence no team's journey was entirely worthless."

"Sevens Trophy: E. P. Drummond Esq. kindly presented the club with a trophy to be competed for annually in the university seven-a-side tournament. For this the club extends him our thanks and are insistent on the fact that next season he will make the presentation to the winners."


  • "The following Monday the University proceeded to dispose mercilessly of a Graduates XV containing one current Scottish Internationalist and a couple of district players by playing attractive open rugby as the score line of 34-14 would suggest."
  • "Vice-Presidents: The following were invited to become Vice-Presidents of the club from season 1970-71 onwards and we are delighted that they were all able to accept E.P. Drummond Esq, D.Y. Veitch Esq, I. Breioster Esq, Dr J. Borrowman, I. Isles Esq, J. Craig Esq."
  • "University 7-a-side tournament held by Herriot-Watt University: St Andrews playing some superb rugger reached the final of this tournament and only narrowly lost to Edinburgh University in an extremely exciting final played on the Murrayfield International pitch. The University finished runners up as Edinburgh won 24-22. Numerous tries were scored and St Andrews were unlucky that Dave Bell missed the vital conversion which would have levelled the scores and put the match into extra time."
  • "The Moodie Trophy was not awarded this season."

J Drummond (Hon. Sec.)

1970-1971 Season:

Captain: Keith Isles, Secretary: J. Drummond
Played: 38; Won: 10; Lost: 26; Drew: 2
Scottish Universities: v North/Midlands: D. H. Borrowman, N. M. C. N. Alford
North/Midlands: v Edinburgh: D. H. Borrowman
Scottish Universities: v London Unversities: D. H. Borrowman, K. D. Isles, N. Alford withdrew through injury, C. A. O'Donnell (reserve)
Scottish Universities: v English Universities: D. H. Borrowman, N. Alford injured and did not play though selected. K. D. Isles (reserve)
Scottish Universities: v Glasgow District: D. H. Borrowman, D. B. S. Stephenson
Scottish Universities: v Welsh Universities: D. H. Borrowman, D. B. S. Stephenson, K. D. Isles, C. A. O'Donnell were reserves.
North/Midlands: v Glasgow: D. H. Borrowman
Midlands: v North: D. B. S. Stephenson
Midlands Universities: v Midlands Under 23 XV: D. H. Borrowman, K. D. Isles, J. Robertson, A. Moffat, L. T. Doig, I. Mallard
Midlands Under 23 XV: v Midlands District Union: D. H. Borrowman, L. T. Doig, K. D. Isles
Midlands Under 23 XV: v North Under 23 XV: D. H. Borrowman, N. M. C. N. Alford, K. D. Isles, L. T. Doig, (A. G. Bell played for the North)
North/Midlands Under 23 XV: v Edinburgh Under 23 XV: D. H. Borrowman

Tour to Holland - Rotterdam: September 1970:: Newcastle and Durham Universities, Belgium Universities, Durham/Newcastle XV, University of Paris, Dutch Universities.
"In late September eighteen members of the University Rugby Club assembled at Harwich for an adventure to Holland. In fact we were competing in an International Student's Tournament organised by the Dutch to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the rebuilding of Rotterdam. Teams from all over Europe were participating and St Andrews were Scotland's representatives, whilst a strong combined Newcastle and Durham Universities team represented England. Belgium Universities, Durham/Newcastle XV, University of Paris, Dutch Universities."

St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament: Wednesday 3rd February 1971: "Sixteen clubs from all over Scotland took part in the tournament proved to be a great success and the eventual winners of the Drummond Cup, Kelso thrilled us all by a fine display of seven-a-side rugby. Dunfermline were unfortunate to come up against Kelso in the first round as this would have made a likely final. However, they went on to win the Loser's Plate. Dundee University and Edinburgh University were the beaten semi-finalists and Kelvinside were runners up to Kelso. We were glad that the cup and the replicas went to the Borders as more top teams might now be encouraged to participate. Next year we are planning to have the tournament in March, just before the seven's season begins - this should be incentive enough for clubs to compete."


  • "Congratulations to last year's captain David Bell who won an Oxford Blue at Twickenham this year. Dave playing at stand-off for Oxford scored a try and dropped a goal in their defeat of Cambridge. Subsequently his appearance at Murrayfield was no surprise in the first trial. It was unfortunate however that injury forced him to withdraw from the Final Trial. His time will come nevertheless."
  • "Midlands 7s: 3rd Place"
  • "Greenock Wanderers RFC 7s: 2nd Place - lost in the final to Kilmarnock/Ayrshire"
  • "Universities Tournament, Murrayfield: Losers Plate Winners."
  • "We defeated the University Graduates by 16 points to 14, containing several top Scottish and English players notably the country's top scorer this season, Phil Carter, the Yorkshire County Captain, this side produced open attractive rugby and we proved we could match it."
  • "The Moodie Trophy: Winner: M. J. Stanley"

J. Drummond (Hon. Sec.)

1971-1972 Season:

Captain: David Borrowman, Secretary: R. J. Taylor
Played: 38; Won: 14; Lost: 20; Drew: 4
Points For: 512; Against: 582

Tour to Jersey: March 1972: Jersey XV, Jersey RFC, Jersey United Banks, Jersey Beechers O.Bs.
"That evening we were back on form. Memories of the hotel manager being tackled in the middle of the dance floor will live forever. Indeed this was a tour to end all tours with the captain, Dave Borrowman, scoring his first try for the University in fifteen-a-side rugby in his last match."

St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament: Wednesday 1st March: "Seventeen teams participated in our Sevens this year. Some excellent rugby was seen with Kelso once again carrying off the trophy. It was a particularly good afternoon for St Andrews. We beat Madras F.P. in the first round, Aberdeen Wednesday Club in the second and Dundee University in the semi-finals. In the final we met Kelso who were a cut above us and worthy winners. Last year's winners of the Losers Plate, Dunfermline once more lost in the first round and eventually found themselves in the Losers final against Glasgow High. Kelso had an aggregate of 116 points against 20 in their four ties: they enjoyed a liberal share of the ball and always played fast and attractive rugby. There were no serious rivals and even a Border Select including A. R. Irvine and D. P. Clarke (Heriot's F.P.), G. W. Turnbull (Jedforest) and R. C. Proudfort (Edinburgh Wanderers) were swept aside. Kelso's outstanding performance lay in a well-balanced side with scrum half I. Gillespie and the tall forward J. Hewitt, each of whom scored eight tries and J. Fleming a speedy three quarter who finished as their top scorer with 30 points, mostly from goal kicks."


  • "The pre-sessional went exceedingly well thereafter, with a visit by Bill Dickinson, the Scottish Coach, on the Sunday which led to implementation of many new ploys."
  • "For the second season in succession we defeated Edinburgh University."
  • "On Monday the Graduates match was staged. The University Graduates captained by Dave Bell and with Hugh Begg as pack leader played an inspired game and surpassed themselves in beating the University by 19 points to 13."
  • "A mention must be made of our most formidable winger Neal McNeil Alford who is to be congratulated on his selection for British Universities to play against French Universities at Llanelli on 24th March 1972."

R. J. Taylor (Hon. Sec.)

1972-1973 Season:

Captain: Eric Lambert, Secretary: C. Hatt
Played: 26; Won: 10; Lost: 15; Drew: 1
Points For: 258; Against: 367;

Tour to the Lake District
"After arranging a tour to the Lake District and arranging fixtures with Workington Zebras, Keswick and Penrith, it had to be cancelled due to lack of support from members of the club."

St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament:"14 teams contested our annual sevens tournament including the winners last year Kelso and the Stanley Plate winners of last year Glasgow H.S.F.P. On a cold but dry day some excellent rugby was seen and Dundee University must be congratulated on their excellent performance, losing only to Watsonians in the Final."


  • "As in previous years a pre-seasonal training week was held in St Andrews. This was quite well attended by members of the club and was greatly helped by a new member of the Physical Education Centre Staff, Mr John Scott. Mr Scott took over the coaching and training during the pre-seasonal and in fact throughout the season."
  • "The game against the Graduates resulted in an 18-3 defeat but was followed by an excellent dinner in the Star Hotel."
  • "After retiring the committee, Eric Lambert presented John Scott with a bottle of whisky for his services to the club throughout the season, which were often for an excess of the terms of his employment at the P.E. centre."

C. Hatt (Hon. Sec.)

By the formation of the leagues in 1974, the club was placed in Division 5 East and later the National Division 6 for the 1975-76 season.

1973-1974 Season:

Captain: S. Easteal, Secretary: D. Reid, Vice-Capt: A. Hood, Treasurer: T. King, Fixtures Secretary: D. Smith

1975-1976 Season:

Secretary: Bob Ramsay
Played: 24; Won: 8; Lost: 12; Drew: 3
Points For: 305; Against: 310


  • "This year the SRU created another league division making a total of seven in all. St Andrews are now in the sixth division which was formed as an amalgamation of the middle sections of division five east and division five west."
  • "After beating the Graduates we retired to the Brownhills Hotel for our annual dinner Larry Lamb of international referee fame gave an exceptionally good speech."

B. Ramsay (Hon. Sec.)

Rugby: Scotland, Barbarians, London Scottish, Watsonians, Oxford University
Cricket: Scotland, Watsonians, Aberdeenshire
BSc 1970

Finest achievement: Becoming a double Scottish Internationalist at Rugby and Cricket. Although David's achievement of being a dual internationalist in such high profile and demanding sports as rugby and cricket is not unique, there are at maximum a handful of players who have achieved this distinction in the past 50 years. With the move towards professional rugby and semi-professional cricket in Scotland it is increasingly difficult to play both cricket and rugby for one's country, so David is likely to be one of the last to achieve this feat.

Memory of St Andrews: "Captaining the University at both cricket and rugby in 1960 and playing on the splendid grounds at University Park. St Andrews had an important part to play in helping me to develop my rugby and cricket skills. I haven't forgotten the intensity of playing against Madras FP in the local derby or the many enjoyable Wednesday afternoons playing cricket on University Park. That apart, I have made so many life-long friends through sport at St Andrews and beyond."

Sporting achievements: Following captaincy of both rugby and cricket clubs at the University of St Andrews and Scottish Universities in seasons 1969-70, David gained a Blue at Oxford University in the following season. Oxford had been written off as no-hopers. Indeed the Cambridge fullback had scored more points with his boots than the entire Oxford team had amassed in total so far that season and the Cambridge team was awash with internationalists, including their captain Gerald Davies. David not only scored a try and dropped a goal but also 'had a hand in' the other two tries leading to a surprise 14-3 victory. Over the course of the next 6 seasons David played club rugby for London Scottish and Watsonians, and also gained 4 caps for Scotland playing centre three-quarters. His first cap was against Ireland in 1975 and he played all four home nations matches that season including an epic encounter against Wales at Murrayfield. The match was played before the largest rugby crowd on record of over 100,000. With seconds left, Gerald Davies scored a try in the corner to bring Wales within two points but Alan Martin missed the conversion leaving Scotland narrow winners by 12-10. That season David played alongside some truly world-class performers: Andy Irvine, Jim Renwick, Ian McGeechan, Ian McLauchlan, Sandy Carmichael and Gordon Brown. In the same year David played twice for the Barbarians.

As a right-handed batsman, David gained 9 caps for Scotland and averaged 32 runs between 1979 and 1981. Probably his greatest thrill and most nerve-racking moments were when he was facing up to Malcolm Marshall, the West Indies pace bowler, even though it was not for long. He played against the touring Sri Lanka team and also against the MCC at Lords, where after a golden-duck in his first innings, he then went on to score fifty in his second innings. His club cricket was based at Watsonians and Aberdeenshire.

1976-1977 Season:

Captain: N. Wood, Secretary: D. Watt, Treasurer: D. Cowan, Vice-Capt: Paolo Collett
Played: 27; Won: 14; Lost: 13; Drew: 0
Points For: 389; Against: 337
Scottish Universities: v North/Midlands U23, v Edinburgh U23, v English Universities, v Welsh Universities: N. Wood, P. Collett
British Universities: v French Universities P. Collett (non travelling reserve)
Midlands U23: v North U23: A. Hood (captain)
North and Midlands U23: v Scottish Universities: A Hood (injured, unable to play), v Glasgow U23: A. Hood, v Edinburgh U23: A. Hood (captain)
Midlands District Union: v Glasgow, v Edinburgh: A. Hood

Tour to West country & Cornwall: Bath Combination XV, Camborne, St Ives, Salcombe, Torquay XV.

St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament: "The sevens was again a considerable success although several teams withdrew at the last minute as they did last year. The tournament was won by Glenrothes who beat Howe of Fife in an excellent final, in extra time. The University 7 again did well, losing the semi-final to Howe in a very close match by one try."


  • "Three of our players achieved representative status during the season. Paolo Collett, our full-back and outstanding player and Neil Wood, the captain, both played in all Scottish Universities matches and Paolo was a non-travelling reserve for the British Universities match. (Paolo was selected as a winger). Alan Hood, scrum half and past captain, in his 5th year in the side was selected as captain of the Midlands U23, also North/Midlands U23 in one match and was a reserve for the Midlands District Union matches. These three players deserve their congratulations, it is the first time we have had two regular Scottish universities players for several seasons."

D. Watt (Hon. Sec.)

1977-1978 Season:

Captain: N. Wood, Vice-capt: D. J. T. Watt, Secretary: M. Hodding, Treasurer: J. W. Storey
Played: 15; Won: 9; Lost: 6; Drew: 0
Points For: 294; Against: 95
Scottish Universities: Neil Wood, John Storey, Paolo Collett, Dave Watt
North and Midlands: Ian Diamond, Alan Hood


  • "Further victories left us poised to beat Aberdeen University and take the University Championship on St Andrews Day."

M. Hodding (Hon. Sec.)

1978-1979 Season:

Captain: N. Stirling, Secretary: G. Hetheringham, Treasurer: R. Lee, Vice-capt: D. Dodson, Social: A. Jones
Played: 25; Won: 14; Lost: 11; Drew: 0
Scottish Universities: Ian Benson
Midlands: Ian Diamond

Tour to Grenoble: March 1979: Grenoble University, G.U.C., Seyssins.

St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament: "The sevens tournament was the first rugby seen in St Andrews for months and was an excellent days play competently organised by George Finlay. The tournament featured no less than three St Andrews teams and was won by Glenrothes (again) with Edinburgh Wanderers as runners up. Glasgow Academy were defeated by Watsonians featuring Alan Hood in the final of the Stanley Plate. Most distinguished performances came from St Andrews 1st VII which beat Watsonians and Ian Diamond's Nomads who took Glasgow Academy to extra time. Mr Tom Pearson again presented the trophies."


  • "Representative honours have been few this season. Incredibly we only had one player in the Scottish Universities squad, winger Ian Benson, who only got one game in their visit to London. The loss was clearly theirs rather than ours and they didn't seem to do very well without St Andrews players. Ian Diamond deserves special congratulations for being selected for the Midlands despite having been injured all season."

G. Hetheringham (Hon. Sec.)

1979-1980 Season:

Captain: L. G. MacNaughton, Secretary: Paul Corbett, Treasurer: W. J. McKinny, Social: A. Jones, Vice-capt: P. S. Bell
Played: 23; Won: 7; Lost: 16; Drew: 0
Points For: 220; Points Against: 302
Scottish Universities: Joe McKinney
Midlands: Paolo Collett
Midlands U23: Grant Cumming

St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament: "Our annual sevens took place under the excellent organisation of Mike Taylor and volunteers. Glenrothes won yet again against Edinburgh Wanderers in the final and Howe of Fife won the plate competition. We fielded two teams due to Hilhead's absence and neither reached the second round. The first team won their first plate match but were beaten by How of Fife in the next round."


  • "Representative honours have been sparse this season. Joe McKinney went on tour with Scottish Universities to Lancashire last autumn and is present with them in London. Paolo Collett has played for Midland District Union side against South, Glasgow and is also to play against Edinburgh next week. Grant Cumming was captain of the Midlands U23 side which played the North last Tuesday."
  • "The dinner took place in the St Andrews Hotel on a date in March which few of us remember. The main speaker was John Rutherford, the Selkirk, South and Scotland Stand-off whose humour was greatly appreciated by those still capable of more than the primary human functions. Most improved player Charlie Parker, piss artist of the year PM, clubman of the year hamstring.""

P. Corbett (Hon. Sec.)

1980-1981 Season:

Captain: P. S. Bell, Secretary: M. Z. Hamid, Treasurer: J. Corin, Vice-capt: P. Pomeroy
Played: 23; Won: 3; Lost: 17; Drew: 3
Points For: 149; Against: 506
Midalands: Grant Cumming
Shropshire: Glyn Teggin

Tour to Canada - British Columbia: USC Old Boys, Kamloops, Okanaga Reps, University of Victoria, University of British Columbia.

St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament: "On Wednesday 25th February the annual 7s tournament organised by Martin Smith was held in fine conditions. Glenrothes winning again by beating Dundee H.S.F.P. in the final. The University 1st VII won the plate beating Watsonians before hammering Glasgow High 30-14 in the final."


  • "Once more this has been a slack season for representative honours. Nobody was selected for Scottish universities side but Grant Cumming was picked for the Midlands squad again. Glyn Teggin was picked to play for Shropshire after he had departed the student life."

M. Z. Hamid (Hon. Sec.)

1984-1985 Season:

Captain: Angus Dudgeon
Scottish Universities: David Craig

Tour to France - Lyon: Touring Squad: Sean Escott, Richard Maxwell-Furby, Douglas McAdam, Tim Lai, David Craig, Byran Payne, Paddy Cronin, Tim Allan, Angus Dudgeon, Alan Murray, Colin McAdam, Innes Wright, Donald Morgan, Steven Duncan, Christopher Galyer, Cameron Glasgow, Gerald, Isbecque, Drew Allan, Rodney Fleming, Peter Black, Malcolm S. G. Cannon, Neil Ferguson, David Simons

St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament:


  • "The 1st XV have had a very successful season recording seven victories over national league sides, an unbeaten home record and two pieces of silverware - the Lord Sir John Carmichael O.B.E. V.C. Cup for the annual match against Dundee University and the Wing Commander Malcolm Reid P.Gt. Cup for the Scottish Universities' Sevens Tournament. "
  • "Fourth place in the Scottish Universities Fifteen's Championship was perhaps unrealistic when the chance of a place in the final was denied by the reluctance of Strathclyde to find a fixture date, and as a result were awarded victory. But for the match against Edinburgh the results were very satisfying showing the continued improvement of St Andrews as a university side. However, against the larger club teams, the side has found the speed and agility of the backs not sufficient when faced with little posession and so a position of middle of the North/Midlands League was recorded."
  • "Reached the final of the Stirling University 7s, losing to Stirling County by 3 tries to 1"
  • "In the final of the Scottish Universities Sevens, revenge was had defeating Strathclyde 20-6, and on the day scoring 114 points and conceding only 18"

(Hon. Sec.)

The club dropped to the Midlands District League for the 1984-85 season. From then on though St Andrews rugby has grown in strength, and promotion was gained into Division 7 in 1986-87 and again into Division 6 the following year. This newfound success was reflected in the club winning the Universities Championships many times in the years to follow and consistently competing with Edinburgh University who held a position five divisions above the club at this time.

"I was the first Club Captain for the 1986-87 season. The role was split in that year as there were 2 candidates who would have been captain: David Craig was better as a leader in battle but with dodgy organisational skills whilst I had the skills in reverse and so we changed things a bit." Innes Wright

The club won the Scottish Universities 7s Tournament in 1986, won the North and Midlands District Union one year and beat Madras F. P. for the first time in many, many years.

1989-1990 Season:

1st XV Captain: Chris Tattersall, Club-captain: Andy Coates
National League Division 6:
Played: 13; Won: 10; Lost: 2; Drew: 1
Points For: 307; Against: 120
League Result (points): North Berwick (24), Stewartry (23), St Andrews Uni (21), Cumbernauld (20), Harris Acad FP (12), Earlston (11), Clydebank (11), Montrose (11), Drumpellier (10), Carnoustie HS FP (10), Marr (10), Walkerburn (8), Panmure (4), Old Aloysians (3).
Scottish Exiles: v North & Midlands (won 15-9): v South (won 16-15): W L Renwick (now playing for London Scottish)
Midlands: v Edinburgh (won 19-9): M Horley, D Hopley, A Johnston
Midlands U21: v North U21: D Hopley, A Snow, J Malcolm, Replacements: A Johnston, S Askew
Scottish Universities: v Wales Universities: C Freeman, D Hopley, A Snow, Replacements: J Seedhouse, A Coates

Student title goes to Fifers: Thursday 30 November 1989: Heriot-Watt 0, St Andrews 20: "St Andrews 1st XV won the Scottish Universities' Rugby Championship for the second time in three years at Stirling yesterday. The result was never in doubt as the Fife team took command straight from the start. The only sour note was an injury to Smith of St Andrews, who was stretchered off midway in the second half, and taken by ambulance to Stirling Royal Infirmary. The game was held up for 20 minutes. St Andrews led 7-0 at half-time through a Smith penalty and an unconverted try by Martin Horley. After the break, Smith increased the home side's advantage with another penalty before Johnston went over for a try which was converted by Damian Hopley. In the closing minutes, Lewis completed the scoring with another try."

St Andrews: M Horley, S Askew, C Freeman, D Hopley, A Coates; J Smith, A Johnston; J McGladdery, J Seedhouse, M Flogdell, H Lewis, A Snow, G McLean, J Malcolm, C Tattershall.


  • "Scottish Universities have selected the same XV as recently defeated French club Grignols 35-4 for their match against Welsh Universities at Newbridge a week on Friday. Apart from their victory over French club Grignols the Scottish students have scored wins over Toronto Wanderers and Scottish Colleges and achieved a good victory over English Universities last season."
  • "Congratulations to W L Renwick who was a member of the club in the late 70s for gaining his first cap for Scotland against Romania at Murrayfield this season."

(Hon. Sec.)

Scotland, Scotland B, Barbarians, British Colleges XV, Scottish Exiles, London Scottish, Sale, Stirling County

W L Renwick Born in Hawick on Christmas Eve, 1960, Renwick was educated at Dollar Academy and thereafter his studies took him to St Andrews University and then on to Crewe and Alsager College of Higher Education (to become part of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in 1992). Whilst at St Andrews he made a name for himself in the decathlon, winning a St Andrews Blue and a British Colleges Bronze Medal.

Renwick made his rugby club debut for Stirling County against Grangemouth in 1977 and whilst at Crewe and Alsager he played for the British Colleges XV. After a spell at Sale Rugby Club he moved to London, joining London Scottish in 1986. During his time in England, Renwick returned to Scotland to play for the Scottish Exiles between 1985-92 and in the 1990-91 season was the top try scorer in Courage League National Division Two whilst playing for London Scottish.

International rugby came late for Renwick, though he might well have been honoured earlier but for injury. He was a stand-by replacement for Scotland in all four championship internationals in 1987 and in 1988, led Scotland B to victory in Italy in 1989 and was a part of the B side later again that year against France B. Full international recognition came against Romania at Murrayfield on 9th December 1989, with Scotland running away with victory 32-0. Between 1989-91, Renwick also made 5 appearances for the Barbarians.

Upon retiring from rugby, Renwick remained in sport, coaching Marlow Rugby Club (1995-96), was the Managing Director of Bristol Community Sport (1997-2005) and is currently Head of Operations at Edinburgh Leisure.

1990-1991 Season:

1st XV Captain: Chris Freeman, Club-captain: Tim Jagger

Scottish Universities Champions: "In 1990, St Andrews were crowned Scottish Universities Champions for the second year in succession winning the Scottish Universities Challenge Cup by beating Edinburgh 22-13 in the final. Once the Captain Chris Freeman had received the trophy from Scottish Universities President, George Watson, it was a mad dash to cheer on the 2nd XV in the last ten minutes of their match against Dundee, which St Andrews went on to win 16-3 taking the 2nd XV Scottish Championship Cup and making it a double celebration for the Club."

St Andrews 1st XV: C. Cook, D. Hall, B. Curtis, C. Freeman, T. Howe, J. Smith, A. Johnston, J. McGladdery, G. Ayling, J. Seedhouse, H. Lewis, M. McVie, G. Maclean, J. Malcolm, T. Turner

International representation was again recognised in the 1990's when Cameron Glasgow, Damian Hopley and Alex Snow, went on to be capped for Scotland, England and England (A/B), respectively. All played for St. Andrews in the late 80's to early 90's.

Scotland, Scotland A/B, Scotland U21, Barbarians, Edinburgh, Heriots FP, Cambridge University, Edinburgh Wanderers, Howe of Fife
Geography 1988

Cameron "Cammie" Glasgow was educated at Dollar Academy and the University of St Andrews and his progress in rugby was initially through Scotland's Under-21 and Student teams. During his first year, along with the University, he played for Edinburgh Wanderers, the next season it was How of Fife Rugby Club, then back to Wanderers for another term, with the final season being played out with the university side. Most of the time he played at fly half, but already clubs were recognising his versatility and the full back and wing berths also became options.

Having taken his Honours degree, played for the Scottish Under-21s and the Scottish Students' team, Glasgow set off to do a two-year land economy course at Cambridge gaining a Blue, playing on the wing against Oxford in the 1988 Varsity Match at Twickenham, in which he scored a try.

Son of Scotland wing-forward Ron Glasgow, Cammie went on the 1989 Scotland tour of Japan, playing in the non-cap Test and scoring 66 points in two games. Later that year he was selected as a replacement for Scotland in their 38-17 defeat of Fiji, but unfortunately was not required. After moving to Edinburgh, Cammie joined Heriots Rugby Club, captaining the side in seasons 1991-92 and 1996-97, and became renowned as a winger (cum utility back) with searing pace.

In 1990 he was a replacement for Scotland B against France, before appearing 3 times for Scotland A and again for Scotland B against Ireland B in 1991. This led to another tour with Scotland in 1993 (South Pacific), and although no caps were available for him on this occasion, he began thereafter to occupy a regular seat on the replacements' bench at full internationals. After frustratingly missing out on his first cap in a World Cup warm-up match against Romania at Murrayfield in 1995, he went off with Scotland to the World Cup and unfortunately did not get a game there either. Eventually that elusive first full international cap came was to arrive, with Cammie coming off the bench against France in Parc des Princes in the 1997 Six Nations Championship.

Following the introduction of professional rugby in 1995, the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) decided that the four district teams were to be Scotland's vehicle for professional rugby and in 1996 the Edinburgh District team was reformed as Edinburgh Rugby to compete in the Heineken Cup. Cammie went on to represent Edinburgh Rugby, playing in the European Challenge Cup in 1997 and winning the Scottish District's Championship in 1998, defeating Border Reivers 31-10. During his career, Cammie also made 12 appearances for the Barbarians between 1993-1996 and in a fitting return to St Andrews, played for the Scottish Legends against the South Africa Legends in 2008 as part of the rugby club's Sesquicentennial Celebrations.

England, England A, England 7's, Barbarians, Wasps, Cambridge University
MA Theology 1992

Finest achievement: "Winning the World Cup 7's in 1993 at Murrayfield. After some old fashioned bonding on the Monday pm in Edinburgh, the England team managed to recover and go on to beat New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia to win the Melrose Cup over the course of three very long days. The celebrations were also one of my finest achievements."

Memory of St Andrews: "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 special part of the world to live."

Sporting achievements: During his first two years and occasionally thereafter, Damian played for the University 1st XV gaining his Blue and also representing Scottish Universities. The lure of higher level rugby from Wasps and more than a passing interest by the England selectors, however, culminated in the decision by Damian to make the regular long weekend rugby commute to London in years 3 and 4 of his student days. After graduating from St Andrews he took a one year postgraduate course at Cambridge University where he gained a second Blue. Rugby honours and representative rugby quickly followed. In the course of a very abbreviated and truncated rugby career, Damian made 14 England appearances including 3 full caps, he was a World Cup 7's winner, gained various honours with his home club Wasps and played for the Barbarians. Unfortunately Damian was forced to retire from professional rugby in 1998 after a series of knee operations. The lack of support available to professional rugby players at that time led Damian to found the Professional Players Association. He has been instrumental as the lead negotiator on all player related agreements for both the England team and the British and Irish Lions over the past seven years. His influence as Chief Executive ensures that player's rights are protected and represented at all levels of the sport, and he is currently Chairman of the International Rugby Players Association.


England A, England B, Harlequins, Edinburgh, Heriot's FP

Alex Snow is a former England A/B rugby international who played second-row forward for Harlequins. Educated at Harrow School, he went on to study at St Andrews University during which time he made a name for himself playing in the Scottish First Division for Heriot's FP and subsequently Edinburgh District. Alex also represented the Midlands U21 district side and the Scottish Universities.

Although English, Snow was eligible for Scotland through a grandfather from Edinburgh and was subsequently invited to play for Scotland B against Ireland in 1991. Declining the offer, he went on to represent English Students in the Student World Cup in the summer of 1992 before moving back south to join Harelquins. With no competitive English club experience under his belt, he was included in the squad for the Wembley Test against Canada on 17 October 1992. Unfortunately Snow wasn't part of the match day squad.

In 1993, Snow was part of the Harlequins side that lost 32-16 to Leicester Tigers in the final of the Pilkington Cup, and later the same year joined England on their summer tour to Canada. England, however, did not award full international caps for the test matches with Canada.

While still a rugby player, he joined Hoare Govett as an analyst on its telecoms desk before he was headhunted for BZW's equity capital markets team, which was later sold to CSFB. Following his retirement from rugby in 2000 due to the recurrence of an old ankle injury, he set up a stockbroking firm, Evolution, with Richard Griffiths which in 2011 was acquired by Investec. Snow is currently CEO of Lansdowne Partners.


1991-1992 Season:

1st XV Captain: Jon Seedhouse, Club Captain: Dale Caton
Scotland B: v Ireland B: I C Glasgow (now playing for Heriot's FP)
Scottish Students: v Oxford University: (won 19-13): David Henderson, Alex Snow? (St Andrews University)
Scottish Students: v English Students: D Henderson (St Andrews University)
Scottish Students: v Argentinean Students in Cagliari (lost 18-29) - Student World Cup QF: D S Henderson (St Andrews University)
Scottish Students: v France Students in Genoa (lost 15-38) - Student World Cup: D S Henderson (St Andrews University)
Scottish Students: v Japan Students in Genoa (won 21-16) - Student World Cup: D S Henderson (St Andrews University)
Scottish Students: v Spain Students in Genoa (won 25-4) - Student World Cup: D S Henderson (rep) (St Andrews University)
English Students: v France Students (lost 9-6) - Student World Cup QF: A Snow (St Andrews University)
English Students: v Welsh Students: A Snow (St Andrews University)

Scottish Universities Champions: "This season St Andrews were beaten in the Final of the Scottish Universities Rugby Championship by Edinburgh after beating Heriot-Watt twice in a week after the semi-final match had to be replayed. In the first fixture St Andrews had played an ineligible player, Alex Snow, in their 15-9 victory. The complaint was made because Snow, who plays for Heriot's and has represented Edinburgh in the McEwan's district championship, does not normally turn out for the university side but was drafted in after the title holders had lost the services of regular locks Malcolm McVie and Alistair Campbell."

St Andrews 1st XV: M Laird, D Hall, S Askew, J Grant, R Mitchell; J Smith, A Johnson; J Seedhouse (captain), G Ailing, S Cotton, S Finch, A King, G McLean, J Deane, B McDowell


  • "This season the club competed in National League Division 6."
  • "St Andrews University team mates David Hall and Malcolm McVie raised their chances of a trip to Italy despite being in the losing side as Scottish Universities went down 14-10 to a home-based Tartan Students side at Peffermill yesterday. The trial was organised to give selectors a last look at players before finalising their World Cup pool later this month."

1992-1993 Season:

1st XV Captain: Guy Ayling, Club Captain: Danny Roland
Scotland U18: v Ireland U18; Lost 10-5 at Ravenhill Belfast: S J Lithgow (St Andrews University)
Midlands: v Edinburgh: D Blackhurst, D Ridland, B McDowell (St Andrews University)
Midlands: v North: D Hall (St Andrews University)
North & Midlands U21: v Scottish Exiles U21 (Lost 12-36): v Edinburgh U21 (Lost 8-32): v South U21: D Ridland (St Andrews University)
North & Midlands U18: v South of Scotland U18 (Lost 12-16): v Edinburgh U18 (Lost 5-20): C Robertson (St Andrews University)
Scottish Students: v Scotland U21: D Hall, D S Henderson (both St Andrews University)
Scottish Students: v Oxford University (lost 7-19): D S Henderson (captain) (St Andrews University)
Scottish Exiles: v Edinburgh: W L Renwick (now at London Scottish)

Tour North America:


  • "This season the club competed in National League Division 6."

G. Hetheringham (Hon. Sec.)

Promotion to National 5 Midlands occurred in the mid nineties.

1993-1994 Season:

1st XV Captain: Alan Montgomery, Club Captain: ?
Scotland U18: v Scottish Schools; Lost 16-15; v Spain: S J Lithgow (St Andrews University)


  • "Congratulations to David Henderson a previous St Andrews graduate and member of the club on gaining a Blue for Oxford in this year's Varsity Match against Cambridge at Twickenham."

(Hon. Sec.)

1994-1995 Season:

1st XV Captain: Jamie Grant, Club Captain: ?


  • "Congratulations to David Henderson on captaining the Oxford University Blues team this season."

(Hon. Sec.)

1995-1996 Season:

1st XV Captain: Len Riddell, Club Captain: Nick McLaren
Glasgow U19: v South: Steven Ross (Replacement)
Scotland A: v Wales A: I C Glasgow (now playing for Heriot's FP)
Scotland U21: v Wales U21: S J Lithgow (now playing for Dundee High)

Tour to South Africa:

2nd in Scottish University Championships: "Lost to Edinburgh 36-0 in the final."

St Andrews 1st XV: C Kerin, C Wakefield, P Ainsworth, J Acton, M von Hapsburg; A Armstrong, M Rennie; D Primrose, N McLaren, captain, A Ravenscroft, N Christie, P Anderson, M Pickles, P Sanderson, B Crosse.


  • "Congratulations to Tyrone Howe who graduated from the University in 1994 on captaining the Oxford University Blues team this season, the second year running this role has been taken by a St Andrews University graduate."

(Hon. Sec.)

1996-1997 Season:

1st XV Captain: Neil Christie, Club Captain: Alastair Lindsay
Scotland A: v England: v France: v Wales:I C Glasgow (now playing for Heriot's FP)
Scotland U21: v Italy, Wales, England: S J Lithgow (now playing for Dundee High)
Caledonia U21: S J Lithgow (now playing for Dundee High)

1997-1998 Season:

1st XV Captain: Brett Pollard, Club Captain: Alistair Duvoisin

Tour to Canada: Newfoundland U20s (lost), The Dogs (won), Ormstown (lost), Oshawa Hawks (lost), Ottawa Scottish (won), Toronto Welsh (drew).

1999-2000 Season:

1st XV Captain: Gareth Knight, Club Captain: Ben Collis

Tour to Australia: NTIS Darwin Barbarians (won), James Cook University (won), Bond University (won), New England District (lost), Sydney University (lost).

"The tour spirit was captured early on by a few members of the squad who decided to celeidh to the amusement and delight of many a tourist and airport staff in the beautiful cactus garden of Singapore airport, which was in fact an open-air bar! We arrived in Darwin at 5am to find a picture postcard scene of the sun rising over the Northern Territories Institute of Sport Stadium and Tommy 'Spud' Bryson promptly captured the mood with a few tunes on his bagpipes..."

St Andrews Touring Squad: A. Pennie (Manager), B. Leathes (Team Captain), B. Collis, P. Miles, M. Frankfurt, J. Tyler (Player of the Tour), R. Morrison, S. Saunders, I. Blain, A. Marman, B. Ludzker, T. Smitham, G. Knight, S. Butcher, S. Fuller, W. Woodman, G. Clarke, J. Easton, O. Jones, D. Fearnley, W. Fraser, A. Bell, T. Hinton, G. Young, A. Knight, T. Bryson, J. Bennett, B. Price.

2000-2001 Season:

1st XV Captain: Ben Leathes, Club Captain: James Hipkiss
Edinburgh: v Caledonia: S J Lithgow (now playing for Watsonians)
Caledonia: v Edinburgh: B Price (now playing for Aberdeen GSFP)

National 5 Midlands League Champions: "This season the club won the National 5 Midlands league but unfortunately lost a close playoff game against Ellon to gain promotion."


  • "Congratulations to 1st XV Captain Ben Leathes who was voted the BT Scotland Players' Player of the Year for National League Five Midlands."
  • "BT Cellnet Scottish Cup - drawn against Heriots."

(Hon. Sec.)

2001-2002 Season:

1st XV Captain: Stu Fuller, Club Captain: Alasdair Knight
Scottish Universities: v English Colleges: Alasdair Knight, Fergus Knight, Nathan Williams
Lancashire U20s: Fergus Knight

Tour to South Africa: Empangeni (lost), Van der Stel (won), UCT (lost), University of Western Cape(lost).

St Andrews Touring squad: Andrew Duke, John Shannon, Alasdair Knight, Kerr Young, Matthew Frankfurt, Elliot Keyser, John Gilmore, James Park, Gareth Knight, Richard Matthews, Andrew Cumming, David Clark, Peter Burns, Richard Laing, Ben Ludzker, Thomas Smitham, James Petrie, Stuart Fuller, Ben Leathes, Oliver Jones, David Fernley, Oliver Birch, Fergus Knight, James Dalby, Peter Liston, Michael Choong.

Since 2000-01, ex-St Andrews players Jon Petrie and Tyrone Howe have gone on to represent Scotland and Ireland, respectively. Both were involved in the 2004 Six Nations Championship.

Scotland, Glasgow Warriors, Caledonia Reds, Colomiers, Dundee High School
MA French 1997

Finest achievement: "Captaining my country which was an exceptionally pround moment of my life"

Memory of St Andrews: "I always enjoyed Wednesday afternoons when it seemed like the whole University community would be out playing sport and having the West Sands on the doorstep was a great favourite for clearing the head."

Sporting achievements: Jon played for the University 1st XV as full back in his first year as an undergraduate and also played for Scottish Universities. In his second year he moved back to his home club, Dundee High School, and progressed to mixing it with the forwards and eventually becoming one of them as a back-row player. As required by his degree he spent his third year in France at Colomiers, learning the language and playing rugby for Colomiers. In 1997 he was offered a professional rugby contract with Caledonia Reds and decided to follow the relatively unknown, potentially precarious and untrodden path of a professional rugby player. Caledonia Reds merged with Glasgow to form Glasgow Warriors in 1998. Jon played a total of 167 games for the Warriors up to his retirement in 2007, the most games played by anyone within the club and most of them from his favoured position of No. 8. He captained the Warriors for 3 of his 9 playing seasons.

On the bigger stage of national honours he gained 45 caps for Scotland from 2000-06, was captain in the 2005 season, played in all back-row positions and scored 3 international tries.

Ireland, British and Irish Lions, Barbarians, Ulster, Oxford University
MA German and International Relations 1994

Finest achievement: "Being the sole Ulsterman in the Ireland XV to beat England at Twickenham in 2004. This was the first time England had been beaten since winning the World Cup in 2003 and it set up Ireland to win the Triple Crown for the first time since 1985."

Memory of St Andrews: "The dramatic and ever-changing sea, sky and West Sands along which I used to run most Sunday mornings. Together with my flatmates we would then usually cook a huge breakfast."

Sporting achievements: During his first two years and occasionally thereafter, Tyrone played for the University 1st XV. In his third and fourth years, he flew home on Friday to play for Dungannon and returned on Sunday afternoon. After graduating he went to Oxford University where he gained a Blue in the Varsity match against Cambridge. In the following year (1995), he captained the Oxford team. Ulster caps followed along with professional rugby and, when he retired from Ulster Rugby in 2006, he had gained 100 caps for the province. One of the highlights of his career was to return to St Andrews in 2005 for a pre-season training camp with Ulster Rugby in 2005.

He represented Ireland 14 times between 2000-2004, scoring six tries and played for the British and Irish Lions on their Australia Tour of 2001.

Later league developments saw the club competing in the National 5 Caledonia A League and consistent achievements in the BUSA Scottish University Championships saw the club coming second to Edinburgh in seasons 2004/5, 2005/6 and 2006/7. This led to St Andrews visiting some of the best university teams in the country in the BUSA Knockouts.

2002-2003 Season:

1st XV Captain: James Petrie, Club Captain: Richard Laing
Scottish Universities U20: James Dalby, John Shannon, Struan Cunningham, Fergus Knight

2003-2004 Season:

1st XV Captain: Richard Matthews, Club Captain: Fergus Knight
Scottish Universities: v English Universities: Pete Burns, Richard Matthews, Graham Reid, Alasdair Knight, Fergus Knight, Ali Buchan
Scottish Universities: v Welsh Universities: Pete Burns, Richard Matthews, Graham Reid, Alasdair Knight, Fergus Knight, Edward Harden, Ali Buchan

Howe of Fife 7s: Champions

Tour to New Zealand:

St Andrews Touring squad: Alasdair Knight, Kerr Young, Matthew Frankfurt, Elliot Keyser, John Gilmore, James Park, Gareth Knight, Richard Matthews, Andrew Cumming, David Clark, Peter Burns, Richard Laing, Ben Ludzker, Thomas Smitham, James Petrie, Stuart Fuller, Ben Leathes, Oliver Jones, David Fernley, Oliver Birch, Fergus Knight, James Dalby, Peter Liston, Michael Choong.

2004-2005 Season:

1st XV Captain: Alasdair Knight, Club Captain: Tom Hurdman
Scottish Caledonia Division 1 League:
Played: ?; Won: ?; Lost: ?; Drew: ?
Points For: ?; Against: ?
BUCS Scottish Conference Men's 1A:
Played: 6; Won: 4; Lost: 2; Drew: 0
Points For: 114; Against: 82
Scottish Universities: v English Universities: Michael Heslop, Dominic McNeil, Ali Buchan, Ali Knight, John Kinnell
Scottish Universities: v Scotland U19: Ali Buchan, Ali Knight, John Kinnell, Dominic McNeil, Struan Cunningham, James Dalby
Scottish Universities: v Welsh Universities: Michael Heslop, Dominic McNeil, Ali Buchan, Ali Knight, John Kinnell, Tom Hurdman, Graham Reid, David Gyte


  • "In 2004/5 due to travel restrictions as a result of heavy snow the club had to forfeit the match against Loughborough University in the first round of the Knockout Championship, giving them a walkover."
  • "Congratulations to 1st XV Captain Alasdair Knight who was voted the SRU Player of the Year for National League Five Caledonia A."

(Hon. Sec.)

2005-2006 Season:

1st XV Captain: Mike Heslop, Club Captain: Phil Rutterman
Scottish Caledonia Division 1 League:
Played: ?; Won: ?; Lost: ?; Drew: ?
Points For: ?; Against: ?
BUCS Scottish Conference Men's 1A:
Played: 6; Won: 3; Lost: 3; Drew: 0
Points For: 147; Against: 127

1st XV & 2nd XV Scottish Universities Cup Champions:

2nd XV Cup Winners

Tour to South America:

South America Tour 2006South America Tour 2006


  • "The 2005/6 season saw the club being drawn once again with Loughborough in the Knockout competition. The match was a convincing victory to Loughborough who beat the club 80-0 but acted as a great learning experience for all those who travelled. Loughborough went on to win the Championship that year, beating the University of Bath by 10-7 in the final."

(Hon. Sec.)

2006-2007 Season:

1st XV Captain: Andy Fraser, Club Captain: Mark Thompson
Scottish Caledonia Division 1 League:
Played: 16; Won: 13; Lost: 3; Drew: 0
Points For: 618; Against: 203
BUCS Scottish Conference Men's 1A:
Played: 6; Won: 3; Lost: 3; Drew: 0
Points For: 135; Against: 112
Scottish Universities: v Irish Colleges: Jamie Kelly, Tommy O'Malley, Stu Coleman, Fergus Knight

Scottish Universities Cup Champions:

Scottish Universities Cup Winners

Tour to Polland:

Polland 2007


  • "In the 2006/7 season, St Andrews had a very successful season in the Scottish Caledonia Division 1 League coming 2nd to Strathmore RFC who were subsequently promoted. As has been the norm over the last few seasons, St Andrews scored more points in the League than any other team by a large margin, playing 16, winning 13, losing 3 with points for 618 and points against 203."
  • "The club again came second in the Scottish Conference and were consequently drawn against Northumbria University in the Last 16 of the BUCS Rugby - Knockouts Men's Championship, who showed the 1st XV some amazing rugby in their defeat of the club 75 points to 7. It was a great privilege to get the chance of playing against some of the best young rugby players in the country. Having lost to Northumbria the club was then drawn against Durham University in the quarter finals of the BUSA Knockouts Championship Bowl Competition, the first time this had been introduced. Although the club lost 20-12, this was a great result for the team as Durham have been consistently one of the best rugby universities in the UK."

(Hon. Sec.)

2007-2008 Season:

1st XV Captain: Mark Lewis, Club Captain: Giles Smith
Scottish Caledonia Division 1 League:
Played: 18; Won: 13; Lost: 5; Drew: 0
Points For: 707; Against: 272
BUCS Scottish Conference Men's 1A:
Played: 6; Won: 2; Lost: 4; Drew: 0
Points For: 95; Against: 103
Scottish Universities: v Irish Colleges: James McKinnel, Fergus Knight

Tour to South Africa: University of Western Cape, Cape Town University,


  • "In the 2007/8 season the club had a mixed set of results and the team changed dramatically over the first term. This was the result of ten injuries in the first team squad which disrupted the side which struggled to settle. This can be seen in the results of the Scottish Universities Championships where the club dropped down to third place. However, the standard of university rugby has increased dramatically over the last few seasons and there is less of a gap between the top teams. This is exemplified by Edinburgh University coming fourth in the league, the first time they haven't won the competition in many years. In fact Edinburgh were relegated from Division 1 of the BUSA Scottish Conference after losing away to St Andrews in the vital closing match of the campaign. A simple second half try was enough to dash Edinburgh's hopes and send them down on goal difference."
  • "Nevertheless, the club were again one of the top contenders for the Scottish Hydro Caledonia League Division 1 this season and if it wasn't for the deduction of 18 points due to the rearrangement of fixtures then the club could have challenged the league winners Gordonians. As it was the club came 4th played 18 won 13 and lost 5 again amassing a massive 707 points for with only 273 points against."

(Hon. Sec.)

2008-2009 Season:

1st XV Captain: Cammie Dickie, Club Captain: Ian Salter
Scottish Caledonia Division 1 League:
Played: ?; Won: ?; Lost: ?; Drew: ?
Points For: ?; Against: ?
BUCS Scottish Conference Men's 1A:
Played: 7; Won: 1; Lost: 6; Drew: 0
Points Difference: -96

150th Anniversary Celebrations: "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 week of celebrations included the Sesquicentennial Wine Reception held in Lower College Hall, the Sesquicentennial Golf Challenge held at the Dukes Course in St Andrews, a coaching clinic for local rugby kids run by two former Springbok Coaches, Jake White and Ian MacIntosh and the Graduates match. The highlight of the weekend saw the South Africa Legends take to the field against the Scottish Legends on University Park. The celebrations culminated at the Sesquicentennial Dinner held at the Fairmont Hotel, which saw the induction of five of our alumni into the University Sports Hall of Fame, speeches by John Allan, Scot Hastings, Jake White and JPR Williams."

(Hon. Sec.)

2009-2010 Season:

1st XV Captain: Matt Cannon, Club Captain: Steven Sims
Scottish Caledonia Division 1 League:
Played: ?; Won: ?; Lost: ?; Drew: ?
Points For: ?; Against: ?
BUCS Scottish Conference Men's 2A:
Played: 8; Won: 5; Lost: 1; Drew: 2
Points Difference: 94


  • "For the first time ever in the Club's history both the 1st XV and 2nd XV found themselves competing in the same BUCS league on a Wednesday, Scottish Conference Men's 2A. The 1st XV finished second behind Robert Gordon's University whilst the 2nd XV were last."

(Hon. Sec.)

2010-2011 Season:

1st XV Captain: Steven Sims, Club Captain: Cammie Dickie
Scottish Caledonia Division 1 League:
Played: ?; Won: ?; Lost: ?; Drew: ?
Points For: ?; Against: ?
BUCS Scottish Conference Men's 1A:
Played: 10; Won: 6; Lost: 4; Drew: 0
Points Difference: 90


  • "After being promoted back into the Scottish Conference Men's 1A league, St Andrews had a solid season, ending up in third place behind Aberdeen and winners Edinburgh. Incidentally, this was the last season Edinburgh would play in the Scottish Conference after promotion into BUCS Premier North B League."

(Hon. Sec.)

2011-2012 Season:

1st XV Captain: Alan Little, Club Captain: Jamie Irvine
Scottish Caledonia Division 2 League:
Played: 18; Won: 17; Lost: 1; Drew: 0
Points For: 715; Against: 196
BUCS Scottish Conference Men's 1A:
Played: 8; Won: 2; Lost: 6; Drew: 0
Points For: 35; Against: 6
Scottish Students: v Scotland U20sA: Chris Wardle, Tim Rogers, Euan Millar and Sean Murchie

Tour to Canada:

Scottish Varsity Match: "2011 saw the inaugural Scottish Varsity Match take place between Scotland's two oldest Universities at the Richmond Athletic Ground in London, the home of London Scottish RFC. The match turned out to be a huge success with over 1500 spectators in attendance and the game covered by Sky Sports, the BBC and IRB’s Total Rugby. Edinburgh University ran out worthy winners 32-0 proving the step up to a BUCS Premier League requires a consistent power and pace approach that overwhelmed The Saints."

St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament: "The 42nd annual sevens tournament was a huge success, with 32 men’s teams and as well as a women’s competition. Teams from all across the UK visited for the event which saw approx. 3,000 spectators and players enjoy a fantastic tournament and a high standard of rugby."

Caledonia Division 2 Regional League Champions: "In spite of starting the league with a disappointing 17–11 loss to Grangemouth, we progressed to be undefeated for the rest of the year. We met Grangemouth again in the penultimate game, and our 26-12 win felt like a final, although we still had to go on to beat Kinross in the last game. With a 75–0 result we topped the league with points to spare. The Club went on to gain promotion back to Division 1 by beating Moray 21-0 at home in the play-off match."


  • "In the past year the University of St Andrew RFC won the ‘Athletic Union Club of the Year’ title for the 2011/12 season, a serious achievement given that this was the first time we were even nominated. A major factor in this success was winning the Caledonia Division 2 Regional League."

(Hon. Sec.)

Scotland, Scotland 7s, Richmond
BEng Microelectrics and Photonics 2010

A Seargent Annabel Sergeant took up rugby at university and was top scorer (tries and points) in the National League in 2006/07.

She played for Scotland Women's development side against France, the Police and Army teams and made her international debut against France, off the bench, in the away opener to the 2011 6 Nations.

Annabel played in all four tournaments during the debut Scotland Women 7s season in 2012, scoring a try and a conversion at the FIRA-AER European qualifier in Ghent and seven tries at the FIRA WRWC qualifier in Moscow. She also took part in the Tobago 7s in December 2012, alongside a number of Scotland Women 7s team mates, as a member of the tournament-winning team.

Born in Plymouth, her family moved to East Lothian where Annabel attended North Berwick High School. She recently graduated in microelectronics and photonics from Dundee University and currently works in London in computer fraud investigation.

2012-2013 Season:

1st XV Captain: Rob Davidson, Club Captain: Timothy Roberts
Scottish Caledonia Division 1 League:
Played: 18; Won: 9; Lost: 8; Drew: 0
Points For: 406; Against: 458
BUCS Scottish Conference Men's 1A:
Played: 8; Won: 5; Lost: 3; Drew: 0
Points Difference: 52

Scottish Varsity Match: "Edinburgh University won the Scottish Varsity match for the second year in a row, beating St Andrews 28-8 after a hard-fought contest at the Richmond Athletic Ground. The 2012 match is the second time the fixture has been played in London. It was preceded by a dinner attended by her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Edinburgh University Chancellor and patron to London Scottish, at the Caledonian Club in London."


  • "After winning the Caledonia Division 2 League last year, the club maintained its position in Division 1 finishing in a very respectable third place behind Caithness and eventual winners Aberdeenshire. The club also progressed into the second round of the Caledonia Regional Shield Competition after a first round win over Hillfoots 32-5. Unfortunately St Andrews had to concede the 2nd round tie against Aberdeenshire."
  • "After last season's poor performance in the BUCS Scottish 1A league, the 1st XV bounced back this year to finish third in a year which saw very little between the top sides. Subsequent entry into the BUCS Knockout Trophy saw the 1st XV beat Stirling in the Last 64 in a closely fought match, with St Andrews eventually running out winners 29-20. Durham 2s, however, provided much tougher opposition in the Last 32, winning 27-3 to put St Andrews out of the competition."

(Hon. Sec.)

2013-2014 Season:

Men's 1st XV Captain: Jeremy Gordon, Men's Club Captain: Jeff MacDonald
BUCS Scottish Conference Men's 1A:
Played: 11; Won: 9; Lost: 2; Drew: 0
Points For: 321; Against: 143
Scottish Caledonia Division 1 League:
Played: 18; Won: 4; Lost: 14; Drew: 0
Points For: 219; Against: 826

Women's Captain: Rebecca Thompson, Women's President: Sarah Thompson
BUCS Scottish Conference Women's 1A:
Played: 11; Won: 8; Lost: 3; Drew: 0
Points For: 251; Against: 169

Tour to South Africa:

Scottish Varsity Match: ""

St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament: ""


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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.

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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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