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Dundee HSFP

Dundee High Rugby
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Full nameDundee High School Former Pupils Rugby Football Club
UnionScottish Rugby Union
Founded1880; 138 years ago (1880)
LocationDundee, Scotland
Ground(s)Mayfield Playing Fields
PresidentScotland Gerry Tosh
Coach(es)Scotland Ian Rankin
Captain(s)Scotland Duncan Leese
League(s)Scottish National League Division One
2017–18Scottish National League Division One, 4th of 12
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.dundeehsfprugby.org.uk

Dundee High Rugby are a rugby union team that play their home games at the Mayfield Playing Fields, Dundee, Scotland.

The team was founded in 1880 by former pupils of the High School of Dundee, and currently play in Scottish National League Division One, the second tier of Scottish club rugby.

History

Beginnings

No doubt inspired by Abertay's Louis Auldjo, Dundee's first international rugby player, who had represented Scotland against England at the Oval in 1878, Dundee High School Former Pupils' Rugby Football Club was formed in 1880 by a group of schoolfriends and rugby aficionados, David Hynd, David Hutchison and Tom Ferguson, the principals of the affectionately monikered "Maryfield Gang" after the scrap of wasteland on which they would play after school. With no sport on the school curriculum in the 19th century, the boys passionately followed local teams Abertay and Red Cross and upon leaving school met in The Victoria coffee house on 23 November 1880 and decided to form their own team.

That meeting produced the first office bearers of the club:

1st XV

  • Captain: David M Hutchison
  • Sub-Captain and Secretary: Thomas C Ferguson
  • Treasurer: David Hynd
  • Committee: Herbert Bell, James Martin, David Robertson

2nd XV

  • Captain: Alexander Hynd
  • Sub-Captain: G. Stevenson
  • Secretary: William Ross

Notable former players

Scotland national rugby union team

British and Irish Lions

Others

References

  • Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)