Top rugby sides in gym

Some of the world’s best rugby union players have been making use of the University’s gym facilities.

The New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks have been training at the Centre for Sport and Exercise ahead of their matches against Scotland, who have also been utilising the gym.

All three teams are regular users of University facilities, including the training pitches at Peffermill playing fields.

These facilities are genuinely world-class. We've used facilities all over the world and this is as good as you'll get anywhere. For visiting teams, this is one of the first places that they look to come and train when in Edinburgh.
Neil PottsHead of Strength & Conditioning, Scottish Rugby


In this film, Springboks Captain Jean de Villiers and Scotland’s Matt Scott, who is an Edinburgh graduate, preview the encounter.

Edinburgh’s rugby heritage

The University has produced a number of graduates who have gone on to highly successful international rugby careers.

In the 1920s Eric Liddell, who achieved worldwide fame after winning two Olympic medals, also won seven Scotland rugby caps while a pure science student at Edinburgh.

In the 1970s, 80s and 90s, science graduate Andy Irvine, sports science graduate Tony Stanger and politics graduate Gregor Townsend were all regulars for Scotland and the British & Irish Lions, with 185 Scotland caps between them.

More recently, Scotland’s record cap and points holder Chris Paterson, who studied to become a sports teacher at Edinburgh, was honoured by the University for his contribution to the game.

World class facilities

The Centre for Sport and Exercise (CSE) caters to a diverse range of users, from occasional exercisers to international athletes and is split into four distinct units; the Pleasance sports centre, FASIC physiotherapy, Peffermill playing fields and Firbush outdoor centre.

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