• 1854

    Raeburn Place opens for play

    Raeburn Place opens for play

    Raeburn Place was acquired by former pupils of the Edinburgh Academy in 1853 for use as a cricket and general sports ground, making it the oldest bespoke sports ground in Scotland. The ground, which was initially leased for £53.17s.4d, opened for play in May 1854 and has been in almost continuous use since, the exception being during the war years when the ground was used for food production.

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  • 1855

    Edinburgh Academical Cricket Club (EACC) founded

  • 1857

    Edinburgh Academical Football Club (EAFC) founded

  • 1871

    Scotland and England play first international

    Scotland and England play first international

    The first rugby international took place at Raeburn Place on 27 March 1871. Scotland took on England in front of a crowd of 4,000 and, to the home support’s delight, won the encounter by two tries and a goal to England’s single goal.

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  • 1871

    Rugby Football Union established

  • 1873

    Scottish Football Union (later SRU) established

  • 1879

    First Calcutta Cup match played at Raeburn Place

    First Calcutta Cup match played at Raeburn Place

    The Calcutta Cup, which is the oldest trophy in world rugby, is competed for annually by Scotland and England. The trophy was donated to the RFU and first played for in 1879 at Raeburn Place.

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  • 1883

    Inaugural Home Nations’ tournament

  • 1886

    International Rugby Football Board (now World Rugby) established

    International Rugby Football Board (now World Rugby) established

    The 1880s witnessed the Great Dispute which led to the establishment of a world body governing the laws of the game.

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  • 1891

    First official British Lions’ tour, to South Africa

    First official British Lions’ tour, to South Africa

    1891 saw the first officially-sanctioned British rugby tour, with a 21-man party invited to South Africa by the Western Province union and all costs underwritten by the Cape Colony Prime Minister, Cecil Rhodes.

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  • 1895

    Final international played at Raeburn Place (Scotland v Ireland)

  • 1910

    Inaugural Five Nations’ tournament with the inclusion of France

  • 1925

    Scotland’s first Grand Slam win

    Scotland’s first Grand Slam win

    Scotland won its first Grand Slam victory on 21 March 1925, with an exciting final match against England at the newly opened Murrayfield Stadium in front of a record crowd of 70,000.

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  • 1984

    Scotland’s second Grand Slam win

  • 1987

    Inaugural Rugby World Cup

  • 1990

    Scotland’s third Grand Slam win

    Scotland’s third Grand Slam win

    17 March 1990, Murrayfield: the stage is set for a climatic end to the Five Nations’ Championship with the Championship, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup all to be decided by the outcome of the Scotland v England match.

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  • 1993

    Women’s rugby, Scotland v Ireland, first international for both sides, held at Raeburn Place

  • 1994

    Women’s Rugby World Cup final held at Raeburn Place

    Women’s Rugby World Cup final held at Raeburn Place

    The 1994 Women’s World Cup had been scheduled to be played in the Netherlands, but that country pulled out of the competition when the IRB withheld its endorsement. An alternative competition was staged in Scotland with 11 of the original 16 entrants taking part.

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  • 1999

    Scotland wins final Five Nations’ tournament

  • 2000

    Inaugural Six Nations’ tournament with the inclusion of Italy

  • 2004

    U21 World Cup pool matches played at Raeburn Place

  • 2015

    Rugby World Cup

    Rugby World Cup

    International rugby has come a long way since that first game at Raeburn Place in 1871. Rugby Union is now a truly global sport with an international governing body, World Rugby, and its own top prize, the Rugby World Cup (RWC).

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