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Who are we?

The Friends of Scottish Rugby aim is to bring together people who have an interest in supporting Scottish rugby, and its development at all levels, with a view to helping to maintain it in the first ranks of international rugby football. The group has been in existence for over 20 years with a membership varying between 100 to 150, which we are seeking to increase.

George Horne

Over £600,000 has been donated to rugby clubs, for projects whose outcome makes a real difference. Surplus funds raised by functions and donations are passed to individual clubs for specific projects or purposes, typically supporting activities such as the cost of employing a Youth Development Officer, and infrastructure projects such as floodlighting and pitch drainage. To see how some clubs have benefited please click HERE or on the "Successes" tab above.

Mark Bennett

To further the cause, a number of fund raising events are held each year with the Gala Dinner being the Friends’ biggest annual fund-raiser. Over the years, the Gala has been held in the Caledonian Club, at Lords Cricket Ground, The Brewery in the City and latterly The Landmark Hotel. The quality of food, wine and entertainment makes for a wonderful evening, and an ideal opportunity to raise money for grass-roots rugby in Scotland whilst enjoying the company of fellow guests.

Members of Friends of Scottish Rugby enjoy a number of events, including the AGM and Dinner in the prestigious Caledonian Club in London's Belgravia. There are also occasional lunches which held at the Caledonian Club or members’ boardrooms, with guest speakers usually drawn from the world of rugby, or senior figures from other sports.

Each year at the Friends of Scottish Rugby Annual General Meeting two quaiches are presented to up and coming players - The Sir Willie Purves quaich and the Sir Tommy Macpherson quaich. This year, Mark Bennett and George Horne were the respective winners, and previous winners include many young players who have gone on to illustrious Scottish international careers. Jonny Gray won the Sir Willie Purves quaich in 2014, following in the footsteps of his brother, Richie, who won it in 2009.

If you would like to join us in our quest to both improve Scottish rugby and make it more accessible to all, please click HERE or on the "Join Us" tab above.


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