The Cavaliers Foundation are a cause the club are hugely proud to support, and we are delighted that Cameron is raising funds for them.
The foundation was set up in memory of former 1st XV and club captain Steven Sims, and is focused on tackling the huge issue of concussion in youth rugby. They are working in partnership with HIT Ltd to develop new ways to spot concussion in youth rugby, and make our game safer for everyone that plays.
Cameron is currently half way towards his £500 target, and any donations would be hugely appreciated.
Following last night's AGM, the University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club are delighted to announce our committee for the 2019/20 season;
Club Captain - Cameron Galloway Vice Club Captain - Jamie Appleton Treasurer - Cameron Rhodes Secretary - Luca Cabrelli Social Convenor - Will Wright Alumni Secretary - William Syme Sevens Convenor - Jamie Morrison Tour Convenor - Jack Terrett 1st XV Captain - Alex Hodgins
Congratulations to the new committee on their appointment, and thank you to everyone who ran for a position and contributed to a healthy debate.
The entire club would like to thank the outgoing committee for all their hard work last season; helping to deliver a successful season on and off the pitch. ... See MoreSee Less
Student rugby is going from strength to strength, and we're delighted to be asked to show this at the Melrose Sevens. We play Gala Rugby in our opening fixture, with the winner going on to face the British Army in a fixture televised on BBC 1 Scotland.
University of St AndrewsSaints Sport - University of St Andrews6 of the 26 clubs who will be on show at the Melrose Sevens this weekend are from universities - Edinburgh University RFC est. 1857 University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club, Durham University RFC, Stellenbosch, EULRFC and Durham University Women's Rugby Football Club - I chatted to some of them for Talking Rugby Union ahead of the big day
Today we celebrate and congratulate Saints WRFC graduate Alexis Jenkins!
Alexis joined us in first year after spending two years working in Australia, a fact that left the rest of us in awe of her tan and wondering why she had moved to the cooler climes of Scotland.
A natural from the start, Alexis played the Scottish varsity match within three weeks of joining Saints WRFC. Her talent under high balls and ability at breaking the gain line saw her play either on the wings or at full back for the majority of her time in St Andrews and she was often key in the Saints infiltrating the other teams half. More recently Alexis played as a centre and her all round talents and no nonsense attitude were key to helping secure second place in the league this year. A fan of an Instagram post, Alexis would post weekly after our matches with a new and imaginative picture with fellow Alumni Abbie. These weekly posts became tradition and often another physical challenge...
Alexis contributed greatly to the Club in many ways. Elected as Sevens, Alumni and Varsity representative in her third year Alexis achieved additional sponsorship and grants to help support the Club during the oldest Scottish varsity match and our sevens tournament. In addition to these very successful events, Alexis put together and led extra cardio and conditioning sessions which were highly successful and enjoyable despite the early starts. Often inventive with a tackle pad, many of us somehow have fond memories of running on a semi frozen R2 carrying the tackling cylinders which still had a layer of frost on them... this in itself is testament to Alexis' positivity and her ability to inspire others.
Alexis graduates with an honours degree in Neuroscience. We wish her the best of luck with her future and look forward to keeping up with her Instagram posts from around the world! May you forever keep your tan and improve your marathon records 💙
If you want to get involved with Saints WRFC like Alexis, get in touch about coming along to our pre-season (starting 29th August) by emailing email@example.com or alternatively keep an eye out for us during freshers week and at our give it a go sessions! 💙🏉🏳️🌈 ... See MoreSee Less
Amy joined us in her first year at our Give it a Go and wisely decided to transfer her talents from the hockey pitch to the Rugby pitch as she searched for new challenges upon her arrival in St Andrews.
Often playing as prop, Amy has also had stints at number 8 and was a strong member of our scrum. She holds the record in many of our S&C exercises and makes squatting over 100kg look easy. Her gains transferred well to the pitch as it often took many people to slow down her advance past the gain line. Amy was elected Captain at the end of her third year and lead a successful season this year as the team made it to the second round of the BUCS knockout cup and second place in the BUCS Scottish 1A league. Over the course of her university career, a win over fellow league rivals, Glasgow University, has proven difficult to achieve. However, she ended her season and Saints WRFC career on a high, Captaining the, usually elusive, win over Glasgow!
Another keen attendee on our social scene, Amy always dressed to impress and often offered her talents to other members. This has gone down with some members better than others but all are in awe. Often accompanied by a pack of Jaffa cakes and advertising a music event at the University, Amy enriched the Clubs activities in many ways. She was an excellent gym buddy to new and experienced members, helping them to safely push themselves and achieve PBs under her careful guidance as she knew how to inspire confidence in the S&C suite. We will miss her inspiring us to push harder and lift heavier!
Amy graduates with an honours degree in Classics and we wish her all the best for the future. We expect her to be highly successful in order to fulfill her furniture shopping habits. Amy knows how to work hard and has proven resilient to many challenges along the way. This strong lady will achieve much following her graduation and we look forward to being updated!
If you want to get involved with Saints WRFC like Amy, get in touch about coming along to our pre-season (starting 29th August) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively keep an eye out for us during freshers week and at our give it a go sessions! 💙🏉🏳️🌈 ... See MoreSee Less
As part of our graduate commemorations our next leaver to celebrate is Abbie!
Abbie also joined Saints WRFC at the start of pre-season in her first year having played for Hillfield Starthallan College in Ontario, Canada before starting university. Abbie fitted into the club so quickly that many of her fellow first years thought that she was a senior...
Abbie grew into her role on the team and became a regular member of the starting XV, typically in the number 10 jersey. As she grew more confident in her abilities (and less fearful of mauls), Abbie became a leader and a role model within the team. Known not only for her thigh game but also for her skill and knowledge, she commanded respect from her team members but also occasionally fear from freshers*. This improvement culminated in her winning 'most improved player' in her third year.
Over the years Abbie, has contributed much to Saints WRFC. She was elected treasurer in her second year, helped organise our sevens tournament and has held senior positions on the pitch as well as consistently providing competition for Captain. Her contribution to the social side of the Club should also be mentioned. She will be known by the newer generations of Saints as the queen of the back to basics social and for her lipsync performance of "Bet on it". To slightly older generations, she is known as the other half of dumb and dumber and her duo costumes with Saints WRFC graduate Anna will not be forgotten anytime soon - neither will her make up choices after certain fundraisers.
Abbie claims that her dissertation titled "the framing of sports commentary and it's influence on the audiences' perception of athletes" was inspired by her interests in psychology and her experience as a female athlete, but we are pretty sure it was just an excuse to watch loads of rugby.
This player is blue all the way through and will be sorely missed from our Club. Abbie graduates with an honours degree in Management and we wish her all the best in the future! With her determination, passion and her new life schedule we know that she can make a success of anything that she wants to.
In true Abbie style, she has already made plans months in advance. We will see you on the sidelines at Murrayfield on the 21st September for the Scottish Varsity Match Abbie!!
If you want to get involved with Saints WRFC like Abbie, get in touch about coming along to our pre-season (starting 29th August) by emailing email@example.com or alternatively keep an eye out for us during freshers week and at our give it a go sessions! 💙🏉🏳️🌈
*note, this feeling was quickly dispelled and often the both parties proclaimed themselves besties after a dmc on a Wednesday evening ... See MoreSee Less
Rhiannon has played Rugby since the age of three and has even been coached by England legend Emily Scarret. She joined us as fresh as fresh could be at the beginning of pre-season at the beginning of her first year.
Rhiannon quickly became a utility player during her time at Saints WRFC. Whilst Rhiannon was most comfortable playing in the number 12 jersey, many have fond memories of her playing on the wing (even if she does not) when Gary decided to shake things up a bit. Also known to be drafted in at flank if needed, Rhiannon is a formidable tackler, hard runner and key player on the pitch - even if she still struggles with her left and right.
Taking on the role of Media, Publicity and Outreach in her second year, Captain in her third year and resident grandma in her fourth year, Rhiannon has been essential to the Club operations in many forms. She has also been instrumental in developing Saints Sport LGBTQ+ rights particularly with regards to trans rights in sports. Her inclusive and kind nature has resulted in her befriending new and old members and teaching them many things. A keen proponent of skills sessions before training to help develop players, she has never been shy of passing on her knowledge (although few want to do tackle practice with her).
We will miss being addressed as 'bud' at every occasion, her incredible kick and chase tries, games of 'whose hat is that?', and her competitive nature. RVFR's legacy lives on in her academic dynasty and their tradition of leaving their names on trophies.
Rhiannon graduates with an honours degree in Environment and Earth Sciences (NOT GEOLOGY). We wish Rhiannon all the best in the future but also hope that she becomes less accident prone... we know you will make a success of whatever you turn your hand to!
If you want to get involved with Saints WRFC like Rhiannon, get in touch about coming along to our pre-season (starting 29th August) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively keep an eye out for us during freshers week and at our give it a go sessions! 💙🏉🏳️🌈
As part of our grad week commemorations our next leaver to celebrate is Jordan! Jordan started rugby in her first year having never played before, and has been an integral part of the club since. Taking on the role of Secretary in her second year, followed by Vice President of the club in her third and final year, the club definitely wouldn’t be where it is without her! Jordan graduates from the school of medicine, and heads on for the next phase of her training. She’ll be greatly missed by all!
If you want to get involved with the saints like Jordan, get in touch about coming along to our pre-season (starting 29th August) by emailing email@example.com or alternatively keep an eye out for us during freshers week and at our give it a go sessions! 💙🏉 ... See MoreSee Less