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Rugby is one of our three major sports. It is played in the
Autumn and Lent Terms; competitive matches are usually against
other Scottish schools (and clubs), but also against teams from
England, Ireland and Wales. The 1st XV also participates in
tournaments and tours overseas. Boys at this level
benefit from some of the best training and skills development
Boys will also have the opportunity to tour at other
levels, such as the U16 sides which sometimes tours in the South of
In total there are a six senior teams and twelve junior teams,
all of which have regular fixtures, details of which are updated in
The School understands that rugby may not appeal to all boys:
however, in the early years, each boy has an opportunity to play in
a team that suits his level, as we run three sides per year group.
This gives everyone an opportunity to represent his School - which
is rare in most schools. (Boys also develop physically at different
rates - so the boy that may not enjoy the sport at 10, can often at
16 turn into one of the School's best players.) When boys reach
Lower Sixth they have a choice of taking up another sport.
Boys of all ages and all abilities can enjoy
Merchiston is justly famous for its highly
successful 1st XV, which has won the Scottish Schools' Cup five
times in recent history - equalling the record for any
school. The School also has the honour of
participating in the world's oldest continuous rugby fixture,
against Edinburgh Academy, which started over 150 years ago.
Merchiston won the Bell Lawrie
Scottish Schools Cup in 2007/08.
Recent internationalists include Craig Joiner, Peter Walton,
Duncan Hodge, Iain Fullarton and Phil Godman. (Indeed three
Merchistonians played for Scotland in the world's first rugby
international between Scotland and England in 1871 at Raeburn Place
The first ever Scotland
international rugby side in 1871. Three Merchistonians represented
their country in a victory over England.
Today the School also regularly has players in the Scottish
Schools U18 Rugby Team and District sides. We have produced 62
The School does offer some Sports
Scholarships for talented young players: if you are
interested please make an enquiry with Admissions.
The School takes Health and Safety very seriously; we are a
leading participant in the SRU's "Are you ready to play
rugby?" scheme, and have strict policies and procedures
regarding match-day safety.
To view some Photo Galleries of recent matches, go to the Media
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