Diary of a Dundee Kid – Stellenbosch Acadamey of Sport

Diary of a Dundee Kid – Stellenbosch Acadamey of Sport

Our own Angus Fraser was selected for the Macphail Scholorship this year, a prestigious accolade which has included notable Scottish Rugby players in the past, Finn Russell, Johnny Gray and John Barclay to name a few.

We took the opportunity to catch up with the Dundonian  to see how he’s fairing in Africa, the cradle of civilisation.

DR: How’s the Stellenbosch Acadamey of Sport and how are you enjoying it so far?


“Ok so just started the seconded block of pre-season training which is focusing more on the contact point. In the first block it was a lot of fitness to get us started and then throughout both the weeks we have been going though technical points and shape of how we want to play but in the games. It’s been a great learning experience and the coaching has been at a high standard with all of the coaches being ex professionals, Ernst Jobert (Saracens) Chris Rossouw (Toulon) Corne Uys (Sale & Falcons). We have had a lot of time to work on skills and can see the improvements made especially with throwing.”

“Have been to 2 of the varsity cup games which have been amazing with over 15000 pupils there supporting Maties it is quite a atmosphere.”

DR: What are the digs like and the facilities? Do they rival the famed Dundee player’s accommodation lovingly known as Alcatraz?


“We’re in a block of flats right next to the main building and pitches it’s kinda like university halls but for athletes. We aren’t the only ones here Western Provence u19 and SA sevens team stay here too and different types of athletes like the Denmark Olympic triathlon people are here and swimmers and come and go for training camps”

DR: Who do you bunk down with?


“I’m with an American boy called Jonas who plays hooker too, he’s a typical Yankee Doodle loud as the come. But better than rooming with someone like Ceillem, he’s a total W**ker”

We’re not sure why Ceillem’s walking is such a problem for Angus, but hey!

DR: We know that Angus is a bit of a pie muncher, so we went straight for the most important questions.  What’s the food like and have you tried any local delicacy’s?


“Canteen food is a hit or a miss and the serve weird things like lamb neck stew. But it’s always a bit of meat potatoes or sweet potato and broccoli and cauliflower. My Afrikaans teammates have hosted a couple braais which were class cooking us south African sausages and steaks.”


DR: So when are your first games, and how can the Dundee faithful follow you?


First game is the 22nd of March, SAS (Stellenbosch Academy of Sport) is our team and they have a good social media so can get them on Facebook called SAS Rugby or Instagram SAS_Training.

DR: So how hard is training and are you getting much free time, how are your compatriots getting on?

AF: “The other boys are all doing well, training is hard with Tuesday and Thursday being our heavy training days. We haven’t had much free time yet, but it’s great fun and we’re enjoying the weather. We will be getting an Easter Break and we’re planning on maybe going to some of the South Africans boys place! ”

DR: Hanging around with the lads eh Angus, somethings never change? Have you even seen a SA female?

AF: I’m an absolute lady killer and the SA women are fawning over me (May not actually be a direct quote, please don’t ask the author about this…)


DR: Angus, do you have a message for the Dundee lads?

AF: “I have been following there games and has been looking good so keep it up and try to keep climbing the table I guess”

This author may have taken some liberties with Angus’ quotes, but it’s clear the youngster is doing well and loving life.

All at Dundee wish Angus all the best and will be following with great interest! #doingthecrownproud

Next week we catch up with former Dundee favourite front rower Shota the Georgian Bear.

Murphy Walker Named in Scotland U20 Six Nations Squad

Dundee HSFP wish to congratulate their young prop Murphy Walker on his inclusion in Stevie Scott’s Scotland U20’s Squad for the U20 Six Nations Championship.

Murphy who is a product of Strathallan School gets his chance to impress in the junior Six Nations after impressing the national coaches.

Also named in the squad is former Dundee favourite Kaleem Barreto. Good luck to both men for the tournament, we will be watching with interest.


Scotland squad for 2018 U20 Six Nations Championship


Murphy Walker (Strathallan/ Dundee HSFP)

Shaun Gunn (Edinburgh Accies)*

Nathan McBeth (Golden Lions)

Finlay Richardson (Edinburgh Accies)

Finn Hobbis (Watsonians)*

Robbie Smith (Ayr)*

Bradley Clements (Ealing)

Ewan Johnson (Racing 92)

Jamie Hodgson (Watsonians)*

Alan Gregory (Northumbria University)

Harry Butler (Hartpury)

Dan Marek (Boroughmuir)

Martin Hughes (Heriot’s)

Archie Erskine (Boroughmuir)*

Guy Graham (Hawick)

Devante Onojaife (Northampton Saints)


Kaleem Barreto (Marr)**

Charlie Chapman (Gloucester)

Charlie Gowling (Stade Francais)

Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks)*

Callum McLelland (Edinburgh Rugby)

Logan Trotter (Stirling County)*

Kyle Rowe (Glasgow Hawks)

Sam Yawayawa (Glasgow Hawks)**

Rory McMichael (Glasgow Hawks)

Paddy Dewhirst (Ayr)*

Mark New (Glasgow Hawks)

Stafford McDowell (Ayr)*

*BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy supported players 2017-18

**BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 players 2017-18

Dundee seek Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Part time, around 20-25 hours per week.

Salary: c£18-20,000 dependent on qualifications and experience

Dundee High Rugby Club is looking for an ambitious, suitably qualified
and self-motivated Business Development Manager to join a successful
team to manage and develop the commercial aspects of the club.
The position will require the successful candidate to generate income
through growth in sponsorship, events and grants and to expand the
club’s network of supporters.

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate a track record of
generating new or increased revenue streams and an ability to show a
high standard of customer service management in their pursuit of
developing Dundee High Rugby Club as a sustainable community
based rugby club.

Dundee High Rugby is an ambitious club with an already sound network
of supporters at all stages of the game both on and off the field, and
with strong links with the local schools and the community, through the
3 strands of its senior section and its 2 flourishing junior sections.
The position is part funded by the Scottish Rugby Union Club
Sustainability Fund.

Please send applications to Gerry Tosh, President, 415 King Street,
Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2HA (gerry@ppinvest.co.uk) with a
current CV and a brief letter covering your views on your suitability and
vision for the role.

Closing date – 16 February 2018

December Lotto Winners

December Lotto Winners

£100        I G Dickinson
£70          A C Barber
£50          M Scott

The 2nd & 3rd Place winners got a wee extra £20 in December as a Christmas Bonus, so well done to them. No surprise that a committee member benefits from this little boost again. We’re onto you Matt Scott! Alec Barber gets no thrills from Champagne but perhaps this will have him in a good mood.

Well done to long time supporter Ian Dickinson in scooping top prize. No doubt this will go towards some fishing tackle or some libations to enjoy on the next fishing trip!

This is our favourite fisherman

The lotto runs every month, So if you fancy an extra hundie in your hippie why not give it a shot? Visit the lotto page here for details on how to enter

B&I Cup reunion, Sat 13th Jan 18

It’s 5 years since the club broke ground and got into a cross border competition for the first time off the back of finishing runners up in Premier 1.

During season 2012/13 Dundee where drawn against Swansea, Carmarthen Quins and the Cornish Pirates.

Playing professionals and semi-professionals we were always going to be under the pump. And after some close games and some not so close games, we ended up securing our only victory in the competition at a snow covered Mayfield in our final game v Camarthen. Courtesy of a Duncan Weir penalty in the dieing minutes.

Several of the players involved in that campaign have been invited to come back and celebrate their achievement and will be at the lunch this Saturday to watch the 1st XV play kelso

It’s probably only going to be Biff and the John at the bar, but why not come and share a beer with us and we can tell you how great we were.


By special request there will be some Cornish rattler behind the bar for everyone to enjoy.


Here is a list of all the players involved:

Jamie Urquhart
Andy McLean
Harry Duthie
Robbie Lavery
Taylor Paris
Jack Steele
Brandyn Laursen
Andy Dymock
Callum Bowie
Stevie Longwell
Gav Robertson
Daz Russell
Neil Dymock
Alan Brown
Andy Linton
Richie Hawkins
Chris Cumming
Iain Wilson
Richie McIver
Jamie Morrison
Dave Curry
Stewart Walker
Mike Stubbs
Ruaridh Jackson
Finlay Gilles
Andy Redmayne
Danny Levison
James Fleming
Duncan Weir
Steve Lawrie
James Johnstone
Colin Whittaker
Ryan Milne
Douglas Gray
Mike Penn
John Houston
Kevin Bryce


Round Up of 2017 @ Mayfield


Jan 17

January 2017 Started with bang for the club, the titans scored 50 against West of Scotland in a team that included both Dougie and Cammy Gray.

We also saw the moose make his highly anticipated move to the back row, which he did with aplomb.

Gav Robertson went all Donatella Versace on us, and produced some fashionable accessories for members with the extremely popular bobble hat.

Feb 17

Kaleem the Dundonian Dream was named in the Scotland U19 Squad and he looked glorious doing it.

1st XV notched an impressive 45-15 victory over Musselburgh @ Stoneyhill and Foxy was the motm.

There was a Leprechaun lunch at the Royal Scots Club before Scotalnd v Ireland, Oor Wullie and Fergus Slattery were there. Scotland even won the match.


March 17

Dundee Rugby Achieved tier 3 status and started girls teams!

Mayfield favourite James Fleming scored his 100th Try for Scotland 7s

Souper Saturday was a smasher with all three final six nation games enjoyed in the clubhouse.

Angus Fraser pulled on the Scotland U18 Jersey and the Longlung even got some international recognition.

Duncan Leese won the kicking cup (notable mention to the mothership Ross Lemon who claimed 3rd Place)

April 17

Dundee concluded their league season with a thumping win over GHA at Alloway place. Josh R scored an absolute worldy too. Throughout this month the 1st XV also beat Howe of Fife to retain the Ian Rankin Rosebowl and Aberdeen Grammar to retain the Dallas Allardyce trophy.

We had a smasher of an end of season Ball at the Apex, the less said about the speeches or the wrestling the better…. One good thing Regi retired!

We also went to the greenyards for Melrose 7’s where this happened.

No Dundonians got picked for the Lions ☹


May 17

The AGM Heralded news the club was in rude health and appointed the committee and  the new 1st XV Captain was Duncan Leese to the approval of all.

RoJo also got social sec, we’re still not sure if this was a good idea. Bit of a sloth tbh.

It was also announced that Phil Godman would be full time Backs Coach in season 17/18 which was a massive boost for the club.

June 17

There was pure nothing happenin’ but planning.

Off season and Holidays, ken!

July 17

There are photos of the Robertson twins on a beach somewhere, no one needs to see that.

Aug 17

Pre -Season games Started again!

TFI Friday also returned, much to the relief of Ken Andrews and Gerry Tosh (does anyone else go?)

Rory McGinn debuted at 10

Many new faces arrived to the playing squad including another McGinn (that’s right there’s two)

Sep 17

The league kicked off with a big victory against Falkirk were we saw many of our new players in action and included a welcome return for long term injured Neil Herron.

The players played Beer pong….

We also tried to get Nigella Lawson to endorse the club, so far still waiting.


Oct 17

Sangster was named Caley Red’s Coach

The 1st XV battled on with some mixed results

Rojo had a Halloween party that he didn’t even hang around at.


Nov 17

Dundee lost their hold on the Dallas Allardyce trophy to Aberdeen Grammar at Rubislaw

George Arnott & Danny Lev represented the Caley Reds v South.

Lewis McNamara did something “unbelievable” and met some Turkeys


Dec 17

Angus Fraser was selected for the McPhail Scholorship, the first Dundonian to do so. We were all exceptionally delighted!

Dundee beat Cartha at home with new fly half Harvey Young making his debut.

There was a very well attended Xmas lunch

Players, Coaches, support staff donated food to the Food bank as their charity offering 2017.

Henry Sampson offered to buy everyone a pint.

Lets hope for just as good a year in 2018


The Last Supper

Ok, it wasn’t the last supper, but it was the last training session before Chrimbo.

And we took part in a loser’s sport, that’s right we played soccer ball.

The few faithful squad members made the pilgrimage to soccerworld Dundee. A move that would have the likes of David Leslie, Dallas Allardyce and Sandy Hutch incandescent. But, all things considered, it was actually good fun.

George Arnott, Kev Franco & Clinton Davie should never be allowed on a football pitch again and Ceillem needs to stop the reverse Jacko with one football boot and one trainer, but it was a run around.

Special mention to #sampsonclause who reiterated his desire to quench the thirsty at the first home game next season.


The victors on the night was a side that included Addie Weir, who has been annonymous when it comes to rugby training, but as soon as kiss ball was mentioned; was like a rat up a drain pipe. Shades of Neville Southall too.

Merry Christmas to All.




#Sampson Clause


In a bizarre exhibition of generosity, 1st XV half back Henry Sampson has decided to emulate Huddersfield F.C. player Mathias Jorgensen and buy all supporters a pint at the next home game.

Well done Henry.

All you have to do is show your match programme and tweet #sampsonclause

Apparently he’s able to afford it after “round dodging” for the last three years.



T’was the Weekend before Christmas


Twas the weekend before Christmas, when all through the clubhouse
every creature was stirring, and thirsts were doused.
The stockings were pulled up the players legs with care,
In hopes that Gala soon would be there.

The players were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of bonus points danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Dave Nicol was checking the pitch with a dash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
And soon the lunch club punters would be enjoying a beer.

Dave Nicol made haste to the phone,
We knew in a moment just from his tone,
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, we’ve called of the game!

“Now Rab, Prince, Burt and Beezy!,

Hamish, O-Train & Shelfy”

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

Good fun was still had, with no rugby played,

And all of the punters were glad that they stayed,

The festive wine meant they were having a ball,

Then players arrived a enjoyed a christmas court,

then a festive pub crawl!