Kingdom v Capital rivalry returns

President of the Women’s Rugby Club, and Alumni Relations Summer Intern in the Development Office, Naomi Boon, gives an overview of the upcoming 2016 Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Match.

‌The Scottish Varsity Match between Scotland’s two oldest University Rugby Clubs dates back more than 150 years, predating the annual Oxford v Cambridge Varsity Match.

In 2015, after 4 successful fixtures in London, the Scottish Varsity Match came home to Scotland. Sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the match was played at the home of Scottish Rugby, BT Murrayfield in front of 10,000 spectators, with the Women’s 1st XV fixture preceding the Men’s 1st XV match on the international pitch.


Photo courtesy of Chris Reekie

This year’s stage is set and months of planning look sure to provide the biggest audience ever on 24 September at BT Murrayfield.

The St Andrews’ men will strive to defend their title after an epic win last year which came down to a last minute try and a winning conversion from scrum half Finn Murphy with the final kick of the ball, to emerge victorious over the Edinburgh University side.


Photo courtesy of Chris Reekie

After a tough defeat in last year’s fixture (36-7), the women’s team are determined to up their game and hold their ground against the Edinburgh Ladies, a strong side boasting several key Scotland Internationals.

Coming up against such a challenging opposition, particularly in front of 10,000+ spectators is by far the most exciting, physically demanding and mentally challenging event in the calendar for the team, but it is an incredible honour to play the national stadium.


Photo courtesy of Chris Reekie

Saturday 24 September 2016 will see a day-long festival of sport, ‘Kingdom vs Capital’ with many different clubs, including netball, football, lacrosse and  fencing participating in Edinburgh v St Andrews fixtures in the capital, before the showcase Varsity event at Murrayfield from 4.30pm.


Photo courtesy of Scottish Rugby

Tickets for the game are FREE for students and under 25s or £5 and are available here:

Bus tickets are also available for single or return transport from St Andrews and can be purchased here:

Twitter: @scottishvarsity

Facebook: /scottishvarsitymatch


We look forward to seeing many St Andrews alumni and friends at Murrayfield on 24 September to show your support for our Saints!


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