Club History

General Information 

The Club was founded in 1893 and has been based at the Rubislaw facility since the 16 acres were purchased in 1914 by the Aberdeen Grammar Former Pupils Club and the then Aberdeen City Corporation. The facility has been upgraded over the last 100+ years with the FP Club constructing the Fine Pavillion, the stand (to mark the centenary of the Club), the Old Rucking Shed, sadly lost in an arson attack in 2011, as well as other smaller developments.

In recent years, the Rugby Club has maintained the ground to its current high standard as well as installing the new improved flood lighting system in 2009.  The new changing rooms, which are built on to the side of the original pavilion, were completed in 2009 by Aberdeen City Council.

The amenities at Rubislaw are complemented by the Club Centre at 86 Queens Road, which is approximately 400 metres from the ground. The Centre features two bars featuring Sky Sports, a gymnasium, snooker room and petanque piste. The Club boasts a large garden area with fixed barbeques for the use of members during our all too short summers.

The Club has a long history of producing Scottish Internationalists, with the late Dr Donny Innes and Dally Allardice being the most capped players until Robbie Russell received 27 caps before retiring.  More recently, Johnny Beattie and Moray Low have been capped by Scotland. The current squad contains a number of Scotland age grade International players as well as players who have represented Scotland at the various age grades, up to and including the Scotland Under 20 squad.

Last season 3 players were capped by Scotland, Murray McCallum, Chris Jollands and Ali Mackie.  Murray McCallum has been offered professional terms at Edinburgh Rugby and we wish him well on his new career.

The Club has produced 5 Presidents of the Scottish Rugby Union, the most recent being the late Charlie Ritchie in 1997/1998. DWC (Doug) Smith is also remembered as being the manager of the victorious 1971 Lions Tour to New Zealand and Australia.

Recent and Current Playing Information

In the season 1996/1997, the Club were playing in the Old National League Division 2 and were in many ways in the shadow of their long time local rivals the Gordonians. An ambitious 5 year plan saw the Club rise to Premier 1 in Season 2000/2001. The Club finished in the top half of this league for 5 seasons before being relegated in 2007. The Club regained P1 status in Season 2010/2011 and consolidated this position during Season 2011/2012, becoming members of the new streamlined 10 team Premiership. In 2012/2013 the club finished 5th, missing British & Irish involvement by one point and won the Caledonia Cup. Unfortunately the club were relegated in 2014 and finished mid table in National 1 last season.  A major re-organisation of players and coaching has been undertaken and the playing pool has been considerably strengthened over the close season in 2015 including the return to Aberdeen of Scottish players who had been playing in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S.A.

The Club fields two senior sides in National 1 and National Reserve 2. The Club is the driving force behind the delivery of rugby in the state school sector and provides rugby coaching in all participating secondary and primary schools throughout the city of Aberdeen.

We currently have around 250 players under the age of 18 playing at the Club. We have a successful junior section ranging in age from 4 years to 18 years. The Club fields teams at every age level in local and national competitions.  

Anyone wishing to join the Club or to assist in any way should contact Graham Barron or Judith McDonald, whose details are contained within the contacts section in the top menu.

 

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