Over the last number of years, the story of Glasgow University Rugby Football Club has been one of significant success. After being disbanded in 2008, the club was officially restarted in 2009 and since then has undergone a revival. The 1stXV were forced to start from scratch and have gained 3 promotions to find themselves back in Scottish BUCS 1A where they belong. However, it is far from just the 1stXV who have flourished. The club has grown massively in recent years, from a membership of around 25 in 2009 to 138 full members last season. This now allows the University to field 3 teams every Wednesday in BUCS leagues and a development team which competes in inter-mural competitions with the Vet, Medic and Dentistry faculties. A much more professional attitude has been adopted which has had a noticeable impact on the pitch. On top of Wednesday matches, the club runs training sessions twice a week alongside team weights sessions, allowing strength and skills to be constantly improved. Wednesday nights play host to weekly socials which are an important aspect of the GURFC and feature traditions that have stayed with the club since its founding days in 1869. With such a large number of members to cater for, these socials are becoming ever-more varied, but the end result is always a happy manager at Viper, our chosen nightclub in the West End. Such a busy schedule helps to create a buzz and tight-knit environment around the club and makes it a great organisation to be a part of.
Looking ahead to this season, newly appointed club captain Euan McKean and his committee have further plans for expansion and development as membership is set to continue to rise. The maturing 1stXV are targeting the top in division 1A after securing survival last season, while the 2nd and 3rd teams will look to push on to the promotions that were narrowly missed last time round. The next few weeks are key to a successful year. Pre-season commences on the 31st of August, while freshers week in mid-September will see an influx of new recruits of all abilities being incorporated into the club on both the playing and social fronts. The 1stXV kick off their BUCS campaign away to local rivals Strathclyde on the 30th of September and once it gets back on the pitch, the GURFC will be looking to continue it’s recent success story and is sure to be a name to look out for.