The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Match squad’s announcement

1st XV

MICHAEL THORNTON, MATTIE DAWSON, DUG BEREZFORD, ASHTON SQUIRES, GEORGE HAILSTONE, ROB LIND, RUARI BELL, JAMES WARDLE, FINN MURPHY, SCOTT DOCHERTY, BRODIE HUNTER, ALEX KENNEDY, HARRY JOSE, ROLAND WALKER, RORY CAIRNS,

BEN PEDDIE, CHRIS CARTMELL, JAMES BALFOUR, JOE MCKAY, CHARLIE DAVIES, TOBY HALL, RORY GARDNER

Women’s 1st XV

Kylie Courtney,, Imogen Hooper, Jasmine Brand-Williamson, Nathalie Becker,Naomi Boon, Myrtille Génot, Dawnyshia Griffin, Fiona Cooper, Lanita Gutieva, Abbie Henderson,Comfort Ogbonnaya, Agnes Chauvet,

India Roche,Rhiannon Fox-Rothwell, Emma Lunney, Kate Saunders, Lottie Sadler, Zora Harris, Niki Davies, Erika Machan, Ali Huntley, Alexis Jenkins

2nd XV

MALCOLM DOWNEY- WOOD, SAM UMMAT, AKDAS HUSSAIN, MATTHEW ANDERSON, MICHAEL SUTHERLAND, HENRY LAWRENCE, ALEXI KULUKUNDIS, CAMERON PRINGLE, DUNCAN HARLE, OWAIN MORTON, TOM HYAMS, CHARLIE BEHAN, GEORGE PLEVAN, JON ROPER, JACQUES SHARAM

DAV KOTHARI, ANDREW DICKSON, RORY WOOD, JACK PATTERSON, YUJI TAKAHASHI, SEAN PARR, KILLIAN FAITH-KELLY

 

3rd XV

MAX KAUFMAN , GRAEME  COOK, WILL HEERDT, JACK JAMIESON, PEARSE JOHNSON (C), TOM BOARDMAN, JOEL OTHEN-LAWSON, JAMES MATTHEWS, CONNOR SIMPSON CRAIB, ANDREW BRADY, CAMERON POWELL, KIT BETLEY (VC), HARRY BENTLEY, OLIVER DUFFY, WILL KELLY,

BRUCE CHEUNG, PERRY SAXON, SAM MCGUIRE , CAMMY RHODES, CODY DAHLER, TOM HOPSON, PIERRE JOFFRIN

Man of the match award named after Steven Sims

The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Match Man of the Match award will be named in honour of Steven Sims.

Steven Sims was the heartbeat of University of St Andrews RFC during his time at the club in which he filled committee roles of Secretary, Treasurer, Club Captain and in his final year 1st XV Captain. Steven passed away unexpectedly after taking ill and going for a check-up at hospital. He died of a rare blood condition called ITP, a condition that is not thought to be life threatening. The loss of such an inspirational figure at the club and the university was felt hard, as it was amongst the communities of Stewart’s Melville College where he attended school and Fife Police Pipe Band where he competed at world level (after teaching himself how to play both the drums and the bagpipes).

‘Simsy’ encapsulated what the great game of rugby is all about. He wanted to play hard yet play fair and to give his all at every opportunity. He was the captain of the club when the ‘new era’ of a Director of Rugby and the ‘professional approach’ at the university began, in what had been a club steeped in the amateur traditions with the fear of moving forward, to one that worked hard to achieve and fulfil it’s potential. Steve helped create a performance culture at the club and was a role model in terms of going to the gym, working on his skills and his desire and drive to win but at the same time he enjoyed all the off field social aspects of the club and helped new first year students settle in and feel a belonging to something special.

It is fitting for the man of the match award to be named after a person that gave their all every time he stepped onto the pitch, who had an extreme desire to win but knew that nothing less than 100% effort and commitment was all you could ask for, regardless of the result. To all the players representing their university today, just remember rule 76……No Excuses, play like a champion!

More information can be found on the Steve Sims Cavaliers who are a group of Steven’s friends from across the world that raise money for charity at http://www.cavaliersrfc.co.uk/