The Scottish Varsity Match between Scotland's two oldest university rugby clubs dates back more than 150 years and predates the annual Oxford versus Cambridge Varsity Match. Formed in 1857 and 1858, respectively, Edinburgh University RFC and the University of St Andrews RFC are two of the oldest rugby clubs in the world, with only the Edinburgh Academical FC claiming a longer existence in Scotland.
Alumni, supporters, friends and family of both Universities are invited each year to attend this historic game which provides a great day out for the rugby fan.
Both Universities are leading the way in Scottish Rugby by each employing full time members of staff to focus on their Rugby Programs. Director of Rugby at St Andrews, Scott Lawson, is a vastly experienced former Scotland international with 47 caps and David Adamson, Edinburgh's Rugby Development Officer, has risen quickly through Scottish Rugby's Coach Education System.
The inaugural Scottish Varsity Match, held at the Richmond Athletic Ground in London in 2011, the home of London Scottish RFC, 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.
The Scottish Varsity Match Comes Home
In 2015, after four successful fixtures in London at the Richmond Athletic Ground, the Scottish Varsity Match came home to Scotland. Sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the match was played at BT Murrayfield in front of 10,000 spectators, with the Women’s 1st XV fixture preceding the main match on the international pitch.
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