Rugby club contests oldest match

The University’s rugby club will play in the world’s oldest varsity match later this month.

The team will take part in the Scottish Varsity Match, which is played annually against the University of St Andrews.

Sporting tradition

The game will be played at Richmond Athletic Ground, London, on Saturday 27 September, with kick-off at 6pm.

Tickets are free and will be available at the ground on the day.

A sporting tradition, the first match between the sides was staged around 150 years ago.

The event is growing year on year and we are already in discussions to bring the game to Edinburgh next year so that there will be a greater student involvement. We see this as the next step in the event evolving.

David AdamsonHead Coach, Men's Rugby, University of Edinburgh

St Andrews currently hold the Cup, after recording a 24-15 victory in last year’s match, which attracted a crowd of more than 1400.

We always look forward to the varsity match to kick start our season, yet are fully aware that Edinburgh are a talented team and will come at us hard.

Danny ClinkCaptain, University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club

Inaugural women’s match

In addition to the men’s game, the inaugural women’s varsity match will take place in the form of a sevens game, played during half-time of the main event.

The women’s game is growing in popularity, especially in the wake of the recent World Cup, and this is a fantastic opportunity not only to showcase women’s rugby, but the talent coming through the university system.

Freya Gannon-BurnsEdinburgh University Ladies Rugby Football Club