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The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) (Scottish Gaelic: Aonadh Rugbaidh na h-Alba) is the governing body of rugby union in Scotlandmarker. It is the second oldest Rugby Union, being founded in 1873.[75473]


The Scottish Football Union was founded on Monday 3rd March 1873 at a meeting held at Glasgow Academymarker, Elmbank Stret, Glasgow. Eight clubs were represented at the foundation, Glasgow Academicals; Edinburgh Academical Football Club; West of Scotland F.C.; University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club; Royal High School FP; Merchistoniansmarker; Edinburgh University; and Glasgow University. Five of these clubs were, at the time of founding the Scottish Football Union, already members of the previously instituted Rugby Football Union. Although the RFU now represents exclusively English clubs, in its first few years it had members from outside of England, there being no other national union. West of Scotland, Glasgow Academicals and Edinburgh University had joined the RFU in 1871 and Edinburgh Academicals and Royal High School FP had joined in 1872. These five renounced membership of the RFU to join the SFU.

The SFU was a founding member of the International Rugby Board in 1886 with Ireland and Wales. (England refused to join until 1890).

In 1924 the SFU changed its name to become the Scottish Rugby Union. International games were played at Inverleithmarker from 1899 to 1925 when Murrayfield was opened.

The SRU owns Murrayfield Stadiummarker, which is the main home ground of the Scottish national team, though in 2004 international rugby games were played at Hampden Parkmarker in Glasgowmarker and McDiarmid Parkmarker in Perthmarker, as part of the SRU's campaign to reach out to new audiences outside the traditional rugby areas.

When the Heineken Cup was suggested SRU officials were concerned that Scottish club sides could not compete against the best teams from France and England and that centrally funded so-called 'super-district' teams might do better.

The four traditional districts—the South (renamed Border Reivers), Edinburgh, Glasgow and the North & Midlands (rebranded as Caledonia Reds)—were given the go-ahead to take part in Europe. For the first two seasons, players were still released to play for their clubs in domestic competition, but eventually the districts became full-time operations.

Then financial difficulties—the SRU's high debt, partly as a result of the redevelopment of Murrayfieldmarker—called for retrenchment. After two seasons, financial difficulties forced the SRU to merge the four teams into two. Edinburgh merged with the Border Reivers to form a team to be known as Edinburgh Reivers. Glasgow merged with Caledonian to form a team to be known as Glasgow Caledonian.

The Borders was resurrected in 2002 and joined the second season of the Celtic League. As a consequence Edinburgh Reivers became simply Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow became Glasgow Rugby. In 2005, all three teams adopted new names. The Borders readopted the name Border Reivers; Edinburgh became Edinburgh Gunners, but would revert to Edinburgh in 2006; and Glasgow became Glasgow Warriors. Caledonia will be re-established when the SRU believe financial circumstances permit.

In 2007, The Borders was disbanded yet again due to continuing financial difficulties. Also in the same year, the SRU began organising the Edinburgh 7s, the final event in the annual IRB Sevens World Series.

Domestic Rugby

See also Scottish rugby union system and Rugby union in Scotland

The SRU oversees the national league system, known as the Scottish Hydro Electric League Championship, and consisting of:

It also oversees the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup. It is not directly responsible for local, university or 2nd XV leagues.


Gordon McKie is the Chief Executive Officer, who was appointed in August 2005 after the new Scottish Rugby Board was created on July 14 2005. Allan Munro is the new chairman, with Fred McLeod (deputy), Tom Inglis and Brian Kennedy alongside as non-executive directors.

The President since 2008 is now Jim Stevenson who took over from George Jack.

The head coach of the Scotland national rugby union team is currently Andy Robinson, who was appointed following the departure of Frank Hadden after the 2008/2009 season.

See also

On the 21st November 2009 Scotland beat Australia 9-8 after 17 attempts in 27 years.

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External links

Fixtures & Results

  • [75474] Current fixtures and results, for men's, women's and youth rugby

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