The Scottish Varsity

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The Scottish Varsity
Contested by
St Andrews RFC Edinburgh RFC
First varsity match 1860s
Annual event since 2011 (resurrected)
Current champion Edinburgh
Largest margin of victory Edinburgh, 32-0 (2011)
Location Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Current sponsor Royal Bank of Scotland
Trophy The Scottish Varsity Cup
Website Scottish Varsity Match

The Scottish Varsity, also known as The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Match, is an annual rugby union fixture between the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The universities are both founders of the Scottish Rugby Union and varsity fixtures have been held since the 1860s, laying claim to the title of the "world's oldest varsity match".[1]

The Scottish Varsity was resurrected in 2011 after a hiatus of over 50 years and was staged in London at the home of London Scottish RFC in order to build alumni relations.[2] In 2015, the match returned to Scotland in Murrayfield Stadium and drew a crowd of over 10,000 spectators.[3] The match is normally held in late September and has received coverage from Sky Sports, the BBC and IRB’s Total Rugby.[4]


Varsity matches were initially held on St. Andrew's Day but have been moved earlier to late September, they have attracted notable attendees including her Royal Highness Princess Anne in 2012.[5]

No. Date Venue Score Winner
1 30 November 2011 Richmond Athletic Ground, London 32 – 0 Edinburgh
2 30 November 2012 Richmond Athletic Ground, London 28 – 8 Edinburgh
3 28 September 2013 Richmond Athletic Ground, London 24 – 15 St Andrews
4 27 September 2014 Richmond Athletic Ground, London 17 – 12 St Andrews
5 26 September 2015 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 27 – 26 St Andrews
6 24 September 2016 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 24 – 12 St Andrews
7 23 September 2017 Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh 31 – 7 Edinburgh

By total wins[edit]

Total matches St Andrews victories Edinburgh victories Draws
7 4 3 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Varsity match is coming home". Scottish Rugby News. 19 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "A Renewed Rivalry". The University of Edinburgh. 26 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Students set for Varsity encounters at BT Murrayfield". Edinburgh Evening News. 25 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Scottish Varsity Match". Saints Rugby. 
  5. ^ "Scottish Varsity Match". University of St Andrews: Saints Sports. [permanent dead link]

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