Club History

Mull is the third largest island in the Hebrides. The coast line, broken by sea lochs, bays and inlets has an
amazing length of over 300 miles. It is an island renowned for abundant wild life and spectacular scenery.
On Sunday 30th July, 1978 the first game of rugby was played in Tobermory against a visiting navy frigate.

The game was and won. Shortly after, Isle of Mull Rugby Club was founded. There is a historical reason why rugby is popular on Mull. Due to a small Island population Mull secondary school was, in the past, a Junior High School. Many local children attended boarding school such as Keil and Strathallan where rugby was strong. The establishing of the Mull Rugby Club provided a base to pull local players from all over the
Island together.

Unfortunately in 1978 Mull had no sports facilities of any kind. It became apparent after a few years of playing on farmers fields and the island airstrip that to maintain enthusiasm (eventually the novelty of stopping games for landing planes or cleaning endless cow pats off the pitch wears thin!) the Mull Club must have facilities. To date Mull Rugby Club has built from scratch two pitches; a club house, changing rooms and spectator deck, car parking and training floodlights.

The Mull Club also decided the facilities would be available for all sports and activities throughout the community and these have been used over the years by Football, Shinty, Athletics, Hockey, School Sports, Special Games training, Motor Cross, Half Marathon, the Red Cross, Fun Days, Sports Development Camps and so on.

In the early days just to play rugby from Mull was difficult. Many times in past seasons the club have had to hire fishing boats to return home. On one memorable trip a larger than usual wave took out the main cabin windscreen. Fortunately recent years has seen in a significant expansion of the ferry service!

The efforts of the Club have gained recognition over the years. On two occasions we have been voted Club of the Month in recognition of memorable playing achievements. The Mull Junior Section also has shown great success cumulating in winning a national tag rugby title at Murrayfield. Mull Rugby Club has also been featured in the Scottish Rugby Union Annual Report, Chief Executive's Review for "best practice" in the community and has won a national cup for "Most Sporting" behaviour. Probably our greatest honour was
to be selected as Scotland's “Rugby Club” representative at the Rugby World Cup.

In 1985 the Mull Sevens were Introduced to help raise funds for the club facilities and to promote rugby in Scotland’s West Highlands and Islands. The very social nature of rugby and the fact that it is a game for all weathers makes it an ideal sport for our isolated rural areas where long trips and overnight stays are commonplace. Mulls geographic position in the centre of this remote area makes it the perfect setting for a competition of this nature. To date over fifty international caps have played at the Mull Sevens. Over the years the tournament has grown in size. The Mull Sevens also made rugby history by running the first dual tournament for both ladies and men anywhere in the world! The stature of the Tournament is now firmly established with teams having travelled from all over the world to play in what is known as the "Worlds
Most Sociable Sevens"

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