Rugby in Edinburgh
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national or domestic, Union or League, Edinburgh is at
the heart of Scottish rugby.
Nationally the Scottish team’s main competition
is the 6 Nations, an annual event which sees the
top northern hemisphere sides vying for the RBS 6 Nations
trophy and ultimately the Grand Slam.
As part of the 6 Nations event England and Scotland battle
for the Calcutta Cup. Traditionally one of the
competition’s most popular games, the clash is the
oldest international rugby fixture in the world.
In the past the Scottish team has had a number of great
players, Gavin Hastings, who played his debut at
the Murrayfield stadium [map],
being one of the most famous. However one of the national
side’s current stars is full-back Chris Paterson,
who also plays for the professional team Edinburgh
Formerly known as the Edinburgh Reivers, Edinburgh
Rugby play in the Celtic League, where teams from
Scotland Ireland and Wales play for the title of ‘Celtic
Champions’. Edinburgh Rugby is also making its
mark in European rugby, being the first Scottish team
to reach the Heineken Cup quarterfinals in 2004.
Outside the star-studded arena of professional rugby union,
Edinburgh has a wealth of clubs playing leagues across
Scotland. Edinburgh side Boroughmuir is probably
the most notable playing in the First Division of the Premier League in Scotland.
However the capital also boasts four women’s teams
Division One of the Scottish Women’s Rugby Union
League, namely Murrayfield Wanderers W, Royal
High, Watsonian W and Lismore.
Edinburgh teams also feature strongly in the Scottish
Rugby League Conference. Edinburgh Eagles are
the most successful in the city with the Portobello
Playboys joining them in the top flight.