The Scottish Rugby Union
In 1871 the rugby players of Scotland issued a challenge to their counterparts in England “to play us a match …. Rugby rules”. This challenge was accepted and the first rugby international was played in Edinburgh on the 27th of March 1871. Scotland won! In order to help select the Scottish international team going forward an annual representative match between the players of Edinburgh and Glasgow began in 1872 – a fixture which continues to be played to this day.
With the growth of the game, and its new international dimension, the clubs in Scotland decided to form themselves into a “Union” to govern the game, bring coherence to the on-field rules being used and to help select the national team. Whilst only ten clubs attended the first general meeting of the Union in 1873, the Union now comprises over 260 member clubs and recently took on an international dimension with the admission of Hong Kong Scottish and Toronto Scottish as Associate Members.
Find out more about Scottish Rugby’s core values of Respect, Leadership, Achievement, Engagement and Enjoyment and about Scottish Rugby at their website.
Hong Kong Scottish
The launch of ‘Hong Kong Scottish’ follows in the footsteps of exiled Scots in London who, over a century ago, formed London Scottish FC – widely regarded as one of the greatest success stories in British rugby. Supported by London Scottish, the new Hong Kong Scottish team will proudly wear the London Scottish badge and share their colours (red, white and blue) as a mark of the relationship. Scottish rugby legend, Gavin Hastings, also added his weight to the project and will be a key figure in the club moving forward.
To mark the launch of Hong Kong Scottish, the team played in the world famous Melrose Rugby Sevens, the birthplace of Rugby Sevens, in early April, 2011. This was followed by the team’s entry into the domestic Premiership Division in HK where they won a record number of games for a debut side in the Premiership. Hong Kong Scottish run 4 sides in total with the other teams known as Hong Kong Scottish Nomads, Hong Kong Scottish Bravehearts and Hong Kong Scottish Kukris (ladies team). Hong Kong Scottish have recently finished 4th in the league and made the Grand Championship semi finals for the first time in the Club’s history. The club is committed to supporting the development of rugby locally in Hong Kong, and have a close affiliation with Flying Kukris RFC. The Kukris now act as Hong Kong Scottish’s junior club with a number of players set to break through in to the Hong Kong Scottish 1st team squad.
The club have already produced 3 Hong Kong internationals with Craig Wilson, Dave Whiteford and Rosie Fong all playing for the Men’s or Women’s teams in the last 18 months.
The club has now developed into a fully fledged multi sport club with the addition of 5 women’s netball sides and two lacrosse teams.
Click here to visit the Hong Kong Scottish website.