Barnton RFC emerges from Royal High Corstorphine split

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The SRU has given approval for associate membership to a breakaway club from Royal High Corstorphine, but initially under the name Barnton RFC.

The Evening News reported earlier this month on plans to revive the old Royal High School FP – a founding member of the SRU – in what is the original club’s 150th anniversary year.

The move represents a rather acrimonious divorce from the merged RHC club, which came into being in 2003 in an ill-fated attempt to replicate what was achieved by Glasgow Hawks – a merger between Glasgow Academicals and GHK – by combining Royal High with Corstorphine RFC. It is understood that the application was submitted to the union’s board under the name Barnton, where the Royal High School of Edinburgh is based and RHC play their first-team fixtures, to ensure a smooth passage to associate membership for the breakaway club. It can be presumed that a move to revert to the name Royal High is planned. The new club’s intention is to play at Barnton. The current RHC club also plays matches at Union Park in Corstorphine.

In a statement, the new club said: “Barnton Rugby are delighted with the decision of Scottish Rugby’s Board to admit us to Associate membership playing from our base at the Royal High School, Barnton. We look forward to a busy summer period preparing for the coming season and the inclusion of both a Ladies Team and a Minis Section. Despite some recent differences we would like to wish RHC Cougars all the best for the future as both clubs pursue their own paths. Those seeking membership of the new club should be in touch with their usual contact.”