Alan Clark

The Club is sorry to note the passing of Alan Clark, one of our Honorary Vice Presidents, and a faithful supporter of the Club, and we extend our sympathies to his widow Sally and to his family at this time.

Alan joined the club straight from school in 1953. He played as a hard tackling wing forward (and occasional winger), often along with his brother Bill, a former President of the Club. For many years since then Alan has come along on Saturdays to Mayfield to support the club, and his presence and loyal support on the touchline will be sadly missed.

Scottish 2019/20 season declared null and void

President Gerry Tosh would like to announce to our members, sponsors, friends, players and supporters that the Club will be playing Rugby in Nat 1 next season 20/21. The season just passed has been declared null and void. There is a lot going on behind the scenes and your committee are working very hard to prepare the Club for next season.

From Scottish Rugby –

The 2019/20 domestic rugby season in Scotland has been classified as null and void, with Scottish Rugby joining its Irish, Welsh and Italian counterparts in coming to this outcome.

This decision follows the earlier interim suspension and then final closure of the season based on Government advice in relation to the Covid-19 virus and is being issued today, 31 March in line with the previous objective of informing clubs by the end of the month.

The decision to declare the 2019/20 season null and void – meaning there will be no automatic promotion/relegation – was reached following an extensive consultation process involving the participating clubs, the Championship and Competition Committee members and Scottish Rugby’s own Rugby Development Department.

Five possible scenarios were presented, with around half of clubs favouring the null and void option. The remaining clubs were split between the other four options. The second most favoured option – finishing the season based on the league positions at the time of shutdown – received the support of around a quarter of clubs.

Further to the club consultation, the declaration of a null and void season was recommended by the Convenor of the Championship Committee, the Reserve League Committee Chair and the Chair of the Women’s Competition Committee.

Their recommendation was supported by Scottish Rugby’s Director of Rugby Development.

A paper summarising the consultation process, the possible season-ending options and containing a recommendation from Championship Convenor, the Reserve League Chair and the Women’s Competition Chair was provided to Scottish Rugby Council for consideration and feedback.

The Council’s endorsement of the proposal was then ratified by the Scottish Rugby Board in its role to oversee the best interests of the game, with authority then granted to the Championship Committee to bring the recommendation into force.

Scottish Rugby President Dee Bradbury said: “It was clear from the outset that, in terms of the consequential impact on the various leagues in terms of promotion/relegation there would be no “right” solution, particularly once it was clear that our preferred option of completing the season would no longer be possible.”

“Every solution we looked at was likely to be problematic in some way – none was likely to be supported by everyone. It was therefore considered essential that the full range of options were explored, each potential option was sense checked and that, as far as possible, a broad consensus was reached across the game as to the most appropriate outcome.

“We fully accept some clubs will be disappointed with this decision and share their frustration that, for wider societal reasons beyond our control, their hard work to push for success this season hasn’t yielded the rewards they deserve.”

Scottish Rugby’s Director of Rugby Development Sheila Begbie said: “It was important we went through a thorough process to canvass opinion and offer a range of options for how the season could be concluded.

“I would like to thank all the clubs that contributed to this process and for their valuable input. I know the Competitions Committees and Convenors have put in a huge amount of time to ensure there was a credible outcome for every club, and while there are obviously clubs who will be disappointed, I believe this is a fair solution for everyone in these unprecedented circumstances.”

Dougie Belmore, Championship Committee Convenor said: “Extensive discussion and consultation has taken place with the various Championship and Competition Committee members, together with representatives from a wide range of Clubs at all levels of the game. Following this exercise, the clear agreed position is that, due to the unprecedented events currently unfolding globally, Season 2019/20 should be declared null and void. A number of alternative options have been explored in detail, with the majority of Clubs supporting this outcome.”

Scottish Rugby would like to thank everyone who contributed to this extensive and important process at such a difficult time and thanks all clubs for their valuable insight and understanding in the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.

All time best Dundee team

OK what about a bit of fun on a rugby topic. Whats the all time best Dundee team? A Dundee select. Some great Harris players to consider and of course Morgan and Panmure. Would it be better to make it born in Dundee or played in Dundee? Lets get the rules right first, and lets start with anyone who has played for any Dundee Club. 

Dundee High RugbyMorgan Rugby ClubHarris FP RugbyPanmure RFC please share as widely as possible.

Stay safe everyone and lets have a bit of fun.

Wales v Scotland OFF

Wales v Scotland is off so the Carvery lunch at Mayfield has been cancelled. Strange times more as we get it. You also may have seen the news from the SRU that domestic rugby is cancelled, Including training, from Sunday at 6pm which is bonkers. The Dundee Eagles have cancelled their tournament on Sunday as have Dundee Rugby Juniors. The Rugby Club will endevour to keep all our supporters, members and friends up to date with any further news. We were gonnae gub Wales as well!

Scottish Rugby suspends all rugby in Scotland

Scottish Rugby has today taken the decision to suspend all rugby in Scotland following the evolving Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.

In light of government restrictions on public gatherings and the resulting pressure on emergency services and healthcare provision, Scottish Rugby has decided that with effect from Sunday 15 March at 6pm there will be a short period without domestic competition (or training) whilst a further assessment can be made. This will be in effect up to, and including, 29 March 2020.

This will impact rugby in all domestic league and cup fixtures, training, festivals and other rugby events as well as the FOSROC Super6 tournament, which come under Scottish Rugby’s jurisdiction. During this suspension period Scottish Rugby will undertake further assessment and advise on any further action that may be required.

The Scottish Rugby Age-Grade Programme (male and female) will also be cancelled with immediate effect for the remainder of the season. This includes all training sessions that were planned for the age-grade teams as well as all other age-grade internationals for the rest of the season. However, the U20 Six Nations fixture tonight versus Wales will still go ahead in Colwyn Bay.

A Scottish Rugby Spokesperson said: “We have taken on board all expert medical advice before now and we are taking a precautionary approach to give time to assess what the impact of coronavirus will be on Scottish society in the coming weeks before deciding on next steps.

“This decision has been taken with the best interest of everyone involved in the game and in support of the country’s work to address the impact of Coronavirus.”

Scottish Rugby will update clubs and schools over the coming period.

Colin Sangster and Alan Brown announcement

Dundee High Rugby have a couple of related coaching announcements to make.

The new post of Director of Rugby has evolved, and Colin Sangster has accepted that position which is key for the development of Rugby in Dundee.  Colin will head up all the development of coaches and coaching at the two junior sections ie Dundee Eagles P1 to P7 and Dundee Rugby Juniors S1 to U18’s and the senior setups at Dundee High Rugby and Dundee Morgan.  Colin is still the only level 4 coach north of the Forth, and this is the most important post for the development of Rugby in Dundee.  We thank Colin for his 5 years’ service as DO and as head coach and we look forward to working with him in this new post.

We also have great pleasure in welcoming old boy Alan Brown back as first team coach after 2 successful years at Strathmore RFC.  Alan spent 18 years as a player with Dundee and had a distinguished playing career being recognised as a Scottish Club fifteen player and as a Barbarian on 2 occasions.

The Club look forward to working with the charismatic Club favourite Alan Brown taking the Club forward.  Welcome back Broonie!

Rugby is changing in Dundee and these two great appointments will take us forward.

Gerry Tosh


Dundee High Rugby 12-43 Highland – Match Report

Another much changed line up from last week ran out to face Highland at Mayfield for the first time in many years in today’s National One League match. It is strange to think that we are the closest opposition they play in the league. It shows their dedication in travelling huge distances every second Saturday, and will account for the smiles on the faces of what must be some very happy bus hire company owners up in Inverness.

Highland had us under the pump in the first encounter in Inverness. Could we do better today? Unfortunately, that question really resolved itself after just 10 minutes, when with the game still scoreless, No. 8 Kev Franco launched himself at a ducking Highland player. No malice, but the high tackle looked bad, and the referee decided on red; no real complaints there.  But the prospect of playing the next 70 minutes short handed was not appealing…

To give the boys their due, they really fronted up and took the game to Highland. Despite being shunted back at a rate of knots in most of the set scrums all afternoon, after the first couple we generally got our own ball, albeit often untidy. The line out was reasonable, and we competed well at the breakdown against a lot of big lads in the Highland pack. The backs looked sharp in possession, and defended well against a slightly disappointing Highland back division.

As the game resumed after the red card, Highland looked to have gone over under the posts, but the ball was held up. The resulting 5 metre scrum was moving slowly forward over our line when bafflingly their scrum half decided to pass the ball out, and the chance was lost. However, after 18 minutes their captain, big second row Stuart Butler, went over, with stand off Scott Fraser’s conversion making it 7 – 0.

Duncan McIntyre was showing up well on his return, a great covering tackle being followed by a fine break by him that led to Highland’s Nawacaleva being sin-binned for not retreating 10 metres at the break down penalty, levelling numbers up for 10 minutes. Flanker Sedge was hurt in the move, and replaced by Craig Henderson.

Just as it looked like Dundee might hold out till half-time, Highland got 2 tries in quick succession. The first was a good move off the back of the lineout, the second came from a surging midfield break by No. 8 Baird, who despite being hauled down by a fine covering tackle by No. 15 Kirk made it over the line.

Half time reflections 19 – 0 Highland at the interval, and with Baird-Chalmers off in the sinbin, Dundee would start the second half with 13 against 15 men. Dundee had showed good intensity despite being a man down, but could they do it for another 40 minutes?

On a day when all 4 second rows scored, Highland’ s No. 4, Sean Blair, was next to cross the line for Highland.  But Dundee countered straight away. Fraser McKay broke, Man of the Match scrum half Danny McGinn supported well, and as the ball came loose after a high tackle, Dundee 2nd row Angus Thomson gathered the loose ball and showed good pace to go over from 22 metres out. Highland 24, Dundee 5 after 50 minutes.

Dundee were moving the ball well now, but as often happens, Highland got an interception. They looked certain to score, but full back Stuart Kirk chased hard and somehow panicked the Highland player into trying to pass when he looked over the line, and the chance went abegging.

However, Dundee were now tiring and as Henry Lapsley came on for winger Gavin Ross, Craig Shearer for the injured Sam Cardosi and Addie Weir for Thomson, 3 more tries for Highland followed  in steady succession.  However, with the score 43 – 5, and time running out, Dundee scored again, with possibly the try of the afternoon. Good handling led to a break down in the Highland 22. Stand-off McKay received the ball from the ruck just before the Highland tackler, and a flip pass between his legs to Finlay Ormiston on the left touchline led to the 2nd row completing a try scoring full house for the 4 second rows, with Fraser’s conversion making the final score Dundee 12, Highland 43.

Full time reflections:  another hard day at the rugby office for Dundee, but we were not outclassed by a well drilled Highland side, and competed well for 70 minutes when a man short.

The Thorntons Dundee Man of the Match was scrum half Danny McGinn.

Dundee team 15 Stuart Kirk 14 Gav Ross 13 Duncan McIntyre 12 Rory McGinn 11 Cailean Baird-Chalmers 10  Fraser McKay 9  Danny McGinn 1 Josh Mark 2 Ceillem Stewart 3  James Shellard 4  Angus Thomson 5  Finlay Ormiston 6  Dillon Sedge 7  Sam Cardosi 8 Kevin Franco

Replacements 16 Addie Weir 17 Craig Henderson 18 Craig Shearer 19 Henry Lapslie 20 Chris Paton