|Full name||Middlesex Rugby Football Union|
|Chairman||Peter Baveystock(Grasshoppers RFC)|
|President||Tom Brownsell(Hendon RFC)|
Middlesex Rugby is the governing body for rugby union in Middlesex, England; Middlesex is a historic county of England that covers areas in the ceremonial counties of Greater London, Surrey and Hertfordshire. The historic county is still in use when referring to sport, businesses and postal addresses in the area. Middlesex RFU was originally created as the Middlesex County Rugby Club but within six years was being referred to as the Middlesex County Rugby Football Union and is now known simply as Middlesex Rugby.
FR Adams Esq of Richmond F.C. called a meeting at the Bedford Hotel at which a resolution was passed bringing the club into being. He served as the Club and Union's first president until 1883 being succeeded by E. Temple Gurdon (also of Richmond F.C.).
The world-famous Middlesex Sevens were organised by Dr. Russell-Cargill and the Middlesex Hon. Secretary CS Bongard, the first tournament taking place according to one source in 1925 and others in 1926. This was the first seven-a-side rugby festival in England. The first tournament took place at Twickenham in aid of Middlesex hospital was won by Harlequins.
Middlesex County Rugby Union was originally created as a rugby club and as such fulfilled fixtures for six years before becoming the Union for clubs within the county. After becoming a union the club continued to operate selecting players from its constituent clubs to play representative matches for the county and to go on tours.
Very early in its history, Middlesex played Surrey under floodlights at the Old Deer Park. This is possibly the first rugby match played under floodlights as electric light had only just been invented. A floodlit game was the ideal opportunity to try out the new technology although the game was not a great success by all accounts.
On 24 October 1905, Middlesex played the touring South African side at Richmond for their ninth match. The Springboks won 9 - 0, their narrowest score so far in the tour; a penalty by Douglas Morkel and try by Brink made the half time score 6 - 0 whilst in the second half the only points came from a try by Loubser. Middlesex fielded a cosmopolitan team including Jim Louwrens the South African College scrum half of 1901, three Welshmen who were also later to play for Wales (Harding, Jenkins & Williams) and the Scottish international Geddes. The match referee was Cartwright.
On 2 September 1964 Staines RFC played a Middlesex XV on the occasion of the opening of their new ground, "The Reeves".
|1893||Yorkshire||Cumberland, Devon, Middlesex|
|1905||Durham County||Middlesex||9 - 8||West Hartlepool|
|1929||Middlesex||Lancashire||8 - 8||Twickenham|
|8 - 9||St Anthony's Road ground, Blundellsands|
|1951||East Midlands||Middlesex||10 - 0||Northampton|
|1952||Middlesex||Lancashire||9 - 6||Twickenham|
|1954||Middlesex||Lancashire||6 - 24||St Anthony's Road ground, Blundellsands|
|1955||Lancashire||Middlesex||8 - 14||Twickenham|
|1956||Middlesex||Devon||13 - 9||Twickenham|
|1966||Middlesex||Lancashire||0 - 6||St Anthony's Road ground, Blundellsands|
|1968||Middlesex||Warwickshire||9 - 6||Twickenham|
|1976||Gloucestershire||Middlesex||9 - 24||Athletic Ground, Richmond|
|1977||Lancashire||Middlesex||17 - 6||St Anthony's Road ground, Blundellsands|
|1979||Middlesex||Northumberland||19 - 6||Twickenham|
|1985||Middlesex||Notts, Lincs & Derby||12 - 9||Twickenham|
|1987||Yorkshire||Middlesex||22 - 11||Twickenham|
|1990||Lancashire||Middlesex||32 - 9||Twickenham|
Middlesex were the English county champions for the sixth time in 1968, having defeated Warwickshire in the final (tries by Brian Stoneman and Sandy Hinshelwood helped them to their 9-6 win at Twickenham). At least ten of the players that had participated in the final went on the tour in July of that year. Middlesex played a total of seven matches on a tour that lasted a little over two weeks, two games being played in Uganda and five in Kenya. The tourists won all seven matches comfortably and reported that the standard of rugby in the region had dropped noticeably since some members of the touring party had last played there. It was generally felt that the East African sides lacked stamina and tactical nous; the latter is understandable as the opportunities for playing high level rugby in the region were limited, though the former is surprising as much of the region is at altitude and it would be expected that the visitors would suffer more than the hosts.
The Middlesex tour party consisted of 70 members though the minority of these were players, the majority were officials and non-playing members who were travelling as supporters. Amongst the players, at least three had previously toured East Africa; Patrick Orr (twice, with Anti-Assassins in 1965 and Richmond F. C. in 1963), Chris Ralston (with Richmond F. C. in 1963) and Brian Stoneman (twice, with Richmond F. C. and Combined (Oxford and Cambridge) Universities, both in 1963).
|1968-07-06||Uganda||Kampala||won||5 - 47|
|1968-07-08||Uganda Invitation XV||Entebbe||won||0 - 32|
|1968-07-10||West Kenya Province||Eldoret||won||3 - 57|
|1968-07-13||Central Province||Nairobi||won||6 - 35|
|1968-07-14||Scorpions RFC||RFUEA Ground, Nairobi||won||0 - 47|
|1968-07-17||Coast Invitation XV||Mombasa||won||0 - 16|
|1968-07-20||East Africa||RFUEA Ground, Nairobi||won||0 - 28|
Middlesex scored 262 points in seven matches, an average of more than 37 per game. In total they conceded only 14 points. They scored 61 tries, 32 conversions, three penalty-goals and two dropped-goals. Top scorer was Gordon MacDonald (45 points, all from goal-kicking), Ricky Parsons was second highest scorer (33 points, from 5 tries, the rest from goal-kicking), Mike Alder was third (31 points from 6 tries, the rest from goal-kicking). Top try scorers were Tim Rutter and Robin Jolliffe (7 each), Mike Alder and Roger Weaver (6 each). Francis Mann was the outstanding player of the tour.
The tour had been organised by the Middlesex Hon. Secretary Barry Boyden, his assistant Cyril Brandon and the RFUEA's appointed Tour Chairman Bernard Nicholls. As with all rugby tours to East Africa in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, it would not have been possible without the hosting arrangements offered by the rugby fraternity in Kenya and Uganda; in order to cut down on costs, members of the tour party were welcomed into the homes of the hosts and provided for in a manner that was acclaimed by those that were lucky enough to have toured the region. Hence the frequency with which first time tourists rapidly made certain they returned a second or third time.
There are currently 88 clubs affiliated with the Middlesex RFU, most of which have teams at both senior and junior level. All these clubs are based in Greater London - in what used to be the historic county of Middlesex, although a large number of clubs are also members of the Surrey RFU.