University of Edinburgh Rugby
Welcome to the official website of the Edinburgh University RFC.
Edinburgh University Rugby Football Club is a leading rugby union side based in Edinburgh, Scotland which currently plays its fixtures in the Edinburgh Regional Shield competition and the British Universities Premiership. It is one of the eight founder members of the Scottish Rugby Union. In the years prior to the SRU’s introduction of club leagues in 1973 and the advent of professionalism in the 1990s, EURFC was a major club power and it won the ‘unofficial’ Scottish Club championship several times. It remains a club with an all-student committee, and is only open to students of the University of Edinburgh.
Established in 1857, the Club now plays its home fixtures at the University of Edinburgh’s Peffermill playing grounds, having moved from its traditional ground at Craiglockhart in the season 1982–83. Its first ever match was in December 1857 against Edinburgh Academicals FC – in 2007 the two clubs replayed that fixture to celebrate the 150th anniversary of EURFC’s founding using replica period kit, ball and complying to the older rules.
EURFC has produced 72 young full-international (for major IRB countries) players whilst still students representing the Club; these include 1924 Olympic 400m Gold Medallist Eric Liddell, 1904 British Lions captain David Bedell-Sivright – one of the seven EURFC members also to play as British Lions whilst still students at the club, Norman Mair – the future legendary sports writer and Scotland cricketer, Black & MacDonald the great 1950 British Lions half-back partnership, and Ian Smith ‘The Flying Scot’ from the 1920s who held the 5-nations try-scoring record for many years.
Many more of Rugby’s international players worldwide played for the University prior to being capped from other clubs; these include Scotland and British Lions greats Dan Drysdale, and Andy Irvine, both future SRU Presidents from Heriot’s FP, David Johnston (Watsonians) who had also played as a contracted footballer for Heart of Midlothian FC, and the recent Club coach Ian Barnes who won many Scotland caps from the Hawick club.