Rugby in Edinburgh and the Lothians


Murrayfield Stadium sited just to the west of the centre of Edinburgh is the home to Scottish Rugby and the international stadium of the Scottish National team. Prior to the present stadium being built international games were played at Inverleith. The stadium came into being on the 21st March 1925. The first team Scotland played was England. Scotland won and went onto win the 5 nations and the Grand Slam. During the Second world war the stadium was used as a supply depot by the Royal Army Service Corps. On the termination of hostilities it reverted back to the national stadium. In 1995 Murrayfield had a £50 million face lift and is considered one of Europe's finest Rugby venues.

The SRU the governing body of Scottish Rugby operate from the stadium. Edinburgh and the Lothians have several rugby teams. Many of the the former pupils of the Scottish public school system such as George Heriots and Stewart Melville. The links below access the clubs websites from where fixtures can be obtained. Do not forget that the Scottish borders are less than an hours drive away and that area is steeped in Rugby History. The Melrose Sevens being just one. The list is in no particular order. The list is not exhaustive but on research I had difficulty connecting to websites. To save problems I left them out. But, if rugby is your thing there is enough links here to get on with.

Although not in the Lothians. For the last 130 years, the Borders has produced a long line of international class rugby players, out of all proportion to the area's small population, and has long been considered the heartland of Scottish rugby. Players are encouraged to play rugby by their mentors at Hawick, Gala, Melrose, Selkirk, Kelso and elsewhere. The two Grand Slams of 1984 and 1990 were built around men from the South of Scotland, while the failure of the Border Reivers coincided with a dark period for the sport in Scotland. Many legends from Jim Telfer and John Rutherford to Roy Laidlaw and Gary Armstrong, emerged to enhance the game without ever forgetting their roots. The border area is within a hours drive of Edinburgh.

Boroughmuir 0131 443 7571
Broughton 0131 552 6780
Edinburgh 0131 346 5160
George Heriots 07894 813143
Linlithgow 01506 845087
Livingstone  01506 434695
Portobello 0131 661 4554
Watsonian 07980817860
Musselburgh   0131 665 3435
Preston Lodge 07934 677 488
Currie 0131 449 2432
Dalkeith 0131 663 5140
Lasswade 0131 663 8452
Penicuik 01968 676771