Category: Midi Rugby

Royal Bank RugbyForce 2018

Sunday 12th August saw Bishopton Rugby host our 2018 Royal Bank RugbyForce Day. This year we set ourselves several goals in order to make the coming season one to remember, and they were no mean feats – they included:

  • Resizing and moving the pitch
  • Raising new posts
  • Deep cleaning and clearing out the changing rooms
  • Updating of facilities in the previously unused 3rd changing room

To help out with all these task and many more we were please to accept the help of over 30 volunteers from throughout the club and also the helping hands of Scotland and Glasgow Warriors Ryan Wilson and Jonny Gray to help with some of the heavy lifting required.


Time to raise the posts
The posts are set time to get the guy ropes down

The day started as early as 7:30am with a dedicated crew out early doors in order to finish the preparations on the new pitch markings to ensure that the new post positioning would be spot on. As the day moved on the foundations for the posts got deeper and the hard task of raising the posts into position started. All in it took around 20 people to man the support ropes and heave the posts into position no easy feat. This was made evident when First XV stalwart and the man in charge Matthew Wallace shouted ‘Right down the other end and we go again!” There was disbelief that there was no rest in-between the two posts going up. But its always best to get the hard jobs out the way early on.

A little help was required in double checking the crossbar was tight.


With the posts in place and the more specialised building work going on around the back of the club with the Front Row leading the charge in cousins Ryan and Boab Moore, lending their trades as an electrician and joiner to help get the previously unused container to a place where we can start proper work on it. This will become very useful for the club moving forward now that the ladies section is up and running allowing the ladies to make this their own space.


Rucking practice
Handling Drills


While this was ongoing back out on the training area Ryan Wilson and Jonny Gray were getting to meet the future of Bishopton Rugby and putting our junior section through their paces in a series of handling and bag exercises. Jonny then took to playing touch rugby with members from our Senior, Ladies and U18s team and in this time Ryan was teaching the juniors a new trick that could be very handy in keeping an opposition guessing just what you might do next. This was all followed up by a Q+A session for the whole club.

Touch Rugby

The day was rounded out when Bishoptons Royal Bank RugbyForce Young Ambassador Andrew Carey got the chance to put some questions to the Scotland Caps.

Andrew gets his questions in

All in it was once again another outstanding day down at Holmpark with members from all areas of the club coming together to show what makes our club great!

The Ladies team with Jonny and Ryan



Unbeaten Bishopton named BT Club of the Month

We here at Bishopton are pleased to finally announce that we have been named Septembers BT club of the Month in winning the BT Club of the Month Bishopton are automatically placed into the running for BT Club of the Season at the end of the year.  To qualify for the award three categories are taken into account.

  • Performance: 1st XV playing record and other teams’ performances.
  • Discipline: Club discipline record in that month.
  • Development: Club activity in growing and developing the game.


To win, a club does not have to be the best in all three areas, but should show a successful balance, with potential for long-term growth. Bishopton has excelled in all of these areas in the month of September. As a club we have made strides in coaching, youth section and officiating as well as establishing a development XV.

Through September we enjoyed an unbeaten month in BT West League Division 3, recording a bonus point in every match, with results against some tough opposition having results against Hyndland, Lochaber, Moffat and Lanark.

A lot of this success has come down to the pool of players that the club has been able to pull the match day squad from, this pool has greatly increased due to two key reasons. The first being the increased presence on social media and recruiting new players this has over the last year broadened the area that we have started to attract players to our village and in turn these players have helped bring in others that have in some cases never played rugby before but due to determination and dedicated coaches have developed into 1stXV players.

The major factor that will keep our club developing in the long run is our youth section, as in the last year we have had 7 players that have played at our various youth levels make the step up to senior rugby in various positions and we are edging closer to our target of being able to field a starting XV of players that are purely graduates of our youth sections. To date this has seen Centre Ross McGowan, Scrum Half’s Rob Wallace and Ruari Taylor, Back Row Euan Hay, Lock Alex Neil and Props Tom Dalling and Jack Burns all starting or making a push for starting berths in the team.

Ross McGowan
Ruari Taylor
Euan Hay
Alex Neil
Tom Dalling
Jack Burns
Rob Wallace
















With so many players under the age of 21 breaking into the first team they are setting the marker for our very first U18 team that we have been able to field with many of these players taking part in the weekly summer touch rugby that we run with the seniors with many showing promise. And within that group of U18s we have had 2 players go on to represent West U16s last year and making the step up to U18s in Rory Jackson and Callum Brown. As well as current Bishopton U18 Captain Andrew Carey under taking his Referee training over the last year and in the month of September officiating his first game while also balancing training and playing on a Saturday.

Rory and Callum representing West U16s
The core of our U18 Te am
Andrew Carey






Due to the increased playing numbers many of whom have never played rugby before and the number of players that are making the jump to senior rugby this has meant that we have been able to field a development team for the first time.  With a view to having a regular 2ndXV next season to ensure that these players and a few older ones that still like to lace up their boots are playing on a regular basis rather than around the 1stXV fixtures and limiting them to limited time from the bench.None of this would be possible is it was not for the coaching system that we have in place at the club and the passion that they have to set aside on many cases 3 days a week to ensure that we are moving forward on the pitch as well as off it. From the minis right through to the senior team where every set of coaches are inspirational to the teams that they are coaching and can get the very best out of them come rain or shine.

The committee at this time would like to thank all those people that not just presently volunteer their time and efforts but those that have over the last 23 years of our club’s history have dedicated their time, effort, talents and most importantly the smiles that you have given to everyone else at the club while being involved with us in our goals. Also to all of the players… to the people that go out and put their bodies on the line to stop other teams crossing our try line. Over the years a lot of blood, sweat, tears and the odd broken bone have been put into Holmpark and we simply would not be where we are today without those past and present that pull the Bishopton jersey on.

Having secured the BT Club of the Month for September we now turn our attentions to the rest of the season and to continue on in the same fashion that we have started the season, as we are now in the hunt for Club of the Season. But most importantly…


We are Bishopton Rugby Club and we ARE going places!!

The smiles say it all!! – UPDATE

Well done to Rory and Callum. Bishopton RFC’s first ever players selected for the Glasgow Warriors U16 Academy. They played for Glasgow U16s through July and August against Caledonia, Edinburgh and Borders. Their next stage are some academy games in October for West v’s East which will form part of the selection process for Scotland U16 squad, good luck to you both.

We also give our warn congratulations to Peter Duncan (ex Bishopton) who has been selected for the Glasgow Warriors U17 Academy.

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New Junior Season – 2016/17

Season 2016-2017 is about to get underway!! The season will kick off with the ALL the junior sections on Sunday 14th August from 12 noon. It would be great to see lots of enthusiastic children keen to get stuck into another year of fun, action and a wee bit of competition. The coaches have a pile of new games and ideas, we have some great fixtures lined up and expectation is high for another fab year.

To get the season kicking off and to get back in to our Rugby, Bishopton Rugby club are holding a BBQ for all club members, parents and friends after the first minis / midis training and sign up session of the season.

At 1’clock we will have a club wide game of touch for all ages – including parents if they wish!! This will be followed by a BBQ, raffle and eating competition.

For this event we are looking to get all members of the club together, something that happens very rarely.

Please come along and suggest to any friends or family to head down to get a feel for what Bishopton Rugby Club has to offer. Time to show the world the size of what Bishopton RFC has become!!!

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The smiles say it all!!

Well done to Rory and Callum. Bishopton RFC’s first ever representative players.
They played for Glasgow U16s on Sunday 31st July, 2016, against Caledonia U16s. To top it all, Glasgow won 25-16 in a thrilling match. Next match is in Cumbernauld against Edinburgh, Sunday 7th August, both are selected.

Calum and Rory will be playing for Glasgow U16’s against the Borders U16’s on Sunday 14th August. They are playing them at Aberdeen (yeah no typo) with kick off at 3pm. Good luck to them both and Glasgow.

They are our first two representative players. We had 3 other players in the Glasgow Selection process this year. Zak Thompson narrowly missed out, by getting to the penultimate stage after 18 hrs of selection training. Our other two missed out earlier in the process after attending 6 hrs of selection training. SRU Selectors commented that Bishopton we represented by a very strong group of players.

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bishopton rugby supports the glasgow warriors

Bishopton Trains with the Warriors


Glasgow Warriors players Stuart Hogg, Peter Horne, Mike Cusack and Andrew Redmayne were at Glasgow Warriors training ground on Tuesday to take a specialist training session after Bishopton RFC was announced as the winner of the inaugural 2013 QBE Rugby Pro competition in Scotland.
Glasgow Warriors Rugby Pro 4 Members of Bishopton RFC under 12s to under 16s team trained with the Glasgow Warriors players and community coaches courtesy of QBE, the business insurance specialist. In addition to the training session Bishopton RFC will also receive £1,000 worth of training equipment.

The prize was awarded to the club that best demonstrated the benefits of receiving expert guidance from Glasgow Warriors. The judges were particular impressed by Bishopton RFC’s community spirit and willingness to accommodate rugby for all ages providing a playing pathway from 3 to 63 years olds.

The training session provided the Bishopton RFC under 12s to under 16s with the rare opportunity to learn from professionals and pick up specialist advice on core rugby skills and game play.
Glasgow Warriors Rugby Pro 2 Andrew Jackson, coach of Bishopton RFC’s under 12s said; “The training session taken by Glasgow Warriors players and coaches was a great success as our coaches and players got the opportunity to develop and learn a number of new skills. Hopefully this will greatly benefit the squad throughout the remainder of this, and future seasons. We are very grateful to QBE for this fantastic experience and the new training equipment.”

Stuart Hogg, Glasgow Warriors full back, said: “QBE Rugby Pro is a fantastic initiative and it is great to be able to give something back to the grassroots game. It has been fun working with Bishopton RFC and I hope that the access to professional players and coaches during the specialist training session will inspire them further.”

QBE is committed to supporting the development of rugby at all levels. For more information on QBE’s rugby activity visit


New Junior Season – 2013/14

[frame align=”right”]Bishopton Rugby Club - coaching[/frame]Season 2013-2014 is about to get underway!! The season will kick off with the ALL the junior sections on Sunday 25th August from 12 noon. It would be great to see lots of enthusiastic children keen to get stuck into another year of fun, action and a wee bit of competition. The coaches have a pile of new games and ideas, we have some great fixtures lined up and expectation is high for another fab year.

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