Melrose Rugby Football Club
, located in the town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders
, is one of the oldest rugby
clubs in the world.
The club was formed in 1877 and was elected to full membership of the Scottish Rugby Union
in 1880. The club have played at the Greenyards
since the club's inception.
Melrose have won the Scottish 1st Division title 6 times (1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997).Melrose won the Scottish cup in 2008 and were runners up in 2009 and 2010 and are currently in the 2011 final.
Despite the population of Melrose hovering around 3,500 for a number of years the team has been a consistently successful club in the upper echelons of the Scottish game.
Melrose is most famous as the host of the first-ever rugby sevens
tournament in 1883, the abbreviated game having been invented by Ned Haig
, a local butcher. The first Melrose Sevens
was won by Melrose, beating local rivals Gala
in the final during extra time. The Melrose Sevens, played on the second Saturday in April every year, remains the most popular Scottish Sevens tournament, regularly attracting crowds in excess of 10,000. In honour of the role of Melrose RFC in the creation of rugby sevens, the club was inducted along with Haig to the IRB Hall of Fame
in 2008.Melrose have had a bit of recent success in their home tournament coming runner-up on a couple of occasions in... Read More