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Saints Rugby

The University of St Andrews is committed to the pursuit of academic and sporting excellence and this underpins the strategic vision for sport. Since 2005-2006 the Department of Sport and Exercise and the Athletic Union have been jointly funded to support a Performance Programme. Eight sports are supported through the Focus Sports Programme, of which rugby is one, and individual student athletes via the Sports Scholarship/Bursary programmes.

Focus has been on achieving success in Scottish Student Sport (SSS), British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and other identified national and international events or leagues.




RUGBY UNION PROGRAM



TRADITION - COMMITMENT - ENJOYMENT- CULTURE - CHAMPAGNE

THE PROGRAM

The University of St Andrews has developed the most advanced Rugby program in Scotland which offers student athletes a range of coaching, training and support opportunities, allowing them to excel in their sporting achievements. Sport at St Andrews fosters a healthy relationship between athlete and student. The results are undeniable: our athletes graduate with a world class education and national and international sporting success. With excellent facilities, a Full time Director of Rugby and a club history steeped in the foundations of the game, there is nowhere better in Scotland.


DIRECTOR OF RUGBY - DAVID ROSS

E-mail: david.ross@st-andrews.ac.uk

Mobile: 07736 457607

The University’s appointment of a Director of Rugby is the 1st of its kind in Scottish University Sport. David Ross is the only full time Director of Rugby at a Scottish University and one of only two full time Directors in Scotland (outside of the professional game). David comes to St Andrews after nearly 4 years working as a Performance Development Manager for the Scottish Rugby Union. This role focused on identifying and developing the next wave of Age Grade International and professional players in Scotland.

A UKCC Level 3 coach, and Scotland U18 Backs coach during their 09 summer tour, David is now the Head Coach of the Scottish Students XV and was in the coaching staff of the Scottish Universities 7s team who won the Home Nations Tournament in 2010 defeating England in the final. David is also an IRB Trainer, UKCC Senior Trainer, UKCC Coach Educator and is part of Scottish Rugby’s High Performance Coaching Group.


RUGBY FACILITIES

The rugby pitches at University Park in St Andrews are renowned across the country as amongst the finest in Scotland. The 1st XV pitch, overlooked by a listed 200 seater stand, was recently resized to match the dimensions of the pitch at Murrayfield, ready for the Scotland Squad’s annual training camp. A fully floodlit training pitch is complemented by the new fully floodlit Rugby 4g pitch, boasting room for up to 100 spectators and one of only two in Scotland.

COMPETITIONS AND MATCHES

Wednesday University fixtures sees the Men's and Women's 1st XV both compete in the top Scottish BUCS League with the Men's 2nd XV competing in the lower tier of the SUS Leagues. The Men's 1st XV also play annual fixtures against Cambridge (Pre-Season) and Edinburgh in the Scottish Varsity Match which pre dates Oxford v Cambridge as the oldest Varsity Rugby Game in the world. Weekend Fixtures pitches both Men's and Women's teams into the Senior Scottish Leagues of Club Rugby. Men's Caledonia Squad compete in Caledonia League 1 whilst the Women in Scottish League 2. Saturday fixtures are also found for the Men's 4th XV against other University & Club sides from across Scotland.

THE PROGRAM

The Rugby program caters for all levels of ability to ensure all players experience an athlete centred rugby curriculum which focuses on development, hard work and enjoyment:

  • Two training sessions per week focusing on skill development and team preparation
  • Individual position specific technical sessions
  • Rugby specific strength and conditioning sessions supervised by S/C Department
  • Weekly video analysis sessions focusing on both individual and team performance
  • Series of educational seminars to improve performance – including nutrition, recovery, psychology, time management
  • Physiotherapy support
  • Regular fitness testing to monitor progress and identify weaknesses
  • Competitive fixtures for all levels of ability throughout the season
  • Two week full time pre-season training camp
  • Large number of social activities throughout the season
  • Participate in SUS 7s and local 7s competitions
  • A program that focuses on the process not the outcome – the outcome will take care of itself
  • Biggest student 7s competition in the UK - St Andrews Rugby 7s

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. The 1st XV pitch, overlooked by a listed 200 seater stand, was recently resized to match the dimensions of the pitch at Murrayfield, ready for the Scotland Squad’s annual training camp. A fully floodlit training pitch is complemented by the new fully floodlit Rugby 4g pitch, boasting room for up to 100 spectators and one of only two in Scotland.

Saints Sport Facilities

The fitness facilities at the University of St Andrews are among the best in Scotland, boasting a range of equipment that will meet the needs of most fitness enthusiasts and sports professionals alike. With over 40 pieces of cardiovascular equipment, a free weights room, a fixed weights room, as well as a dedicated core and stretch room, it is the ideal location to workout.

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PERFORMANCE SPORT

The Men's Rugby Club is one of four Focus Clubs within the University which means they receive support from the Department of Sport and Exercise ranging from fitness testing to educational seminars relating to improving performance in sport.

RUGBY UNION PROGRAM

The University of St Andrews has developed the most advanced rugby program in Scotland which offers student athletes a range of coaching, training and support opportunities, allowing them to excel in their sporting achievements.

FACILITIES

The rugby pitches at University Park in St Andrews are the home of Saints Rugby and renowned across the country as amongst the finest in Scotland. A fully floodlit training pitch is complemented by the new fully floodlit Rugby 4g pitch, one of only two in Scotland.

COMMITTEE

The Rugby Club is run by two student committees, one for Men's Rugby and one for Women's Rugby, both of which are responsible for the club's off field management and both led by a full time Director of Rugby, David Ross.

ADMISSIONS

St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research.

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1858 CLUB

The University of St Andrews RFC is proud to announce the creation of a supporters club, the 1858 Club, which enables alumni, friends and family the chance to invest in the future of rugby at St Andrews and provide the very best facilities, training and experience for future students.

HISTORY

Rugby has been played in St Andrews for over 150 years, since the rugby club's foundation in 1858. A founder member of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), the club was the nursery of Scottish rugby football in the 1860s and the birthplace of 'passing' the great feature of the back game.

HALL OF FAME

In 1871 three St Andrews students represented Scotland in the first ever international rugby fixture against England. In total, the club has produced 22 international rugby players who between them have gained 150 caps, including 4 British and Irish Lions and 8 Barbarians.

PAST CAPTAINS

Captaining The Saints is a huge honour for any student coming to study and play rugby in St Andrews. In 1986, the role of captain was split in two for the first time, with off field duties assigned to the Club Captain leaving the 1st XV Captain to concentrate on the club's on field performances.

150TH ANNIVERSARY

In 2008, the club celebrated 150 years of rugby in St Andrews with a special week of events which saw the South Africa Rugby Legends take on the Scottish Legends on University Park, a coaching clinic for local kids and culminated in the Sesquicentennial Alumni Dinner.

Scottish Varsity Match
St Andrews 7s
Saints Rugby Squads
Outreach
Sponsors

SCOTTISH VARSITY MATCH

The Scottish Varsity Match between the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh takes place every year in London, following the inaugural match back in 2011 and dates back more than 150 years predating the annual Oxford versus Cambridge Match.

ST ANDREWS 7s

Since its inception in 1970, the St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament has grown to become the largest student run 7s in the UK, with teams from around the country returning to University Park at the end of April each year to fight for the historic Drummond Trophy or Stanley Plate.

SQUADS

The club turns out three Men's teams and one Women's team on a Wednesday in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships. Men's and Women's 1st XV squads play in the Premier 1A leagues, and participate in the BUCS Cup competition, with the Men's 2nd and 3rd XV squads in the lower tiers

OUTREACH

Along with the Rugby Club's charity work, the Community Outreach Program, in partnership with SportScotland, Active Schools, Fife Rugby and Saints Sport sees members from Saints Rugby coach after school rugby in the local primary schools for 6 weeks.

SPONSORS

The University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club is very grateful for the kind and generous support of sponsors KPMG, Alliance Trust, Kukri and Nutrition X. Click on the link below to find out more about our sponsors and the sponsorship opportunities available.

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

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