Midlothian's walking rugby wins first international

The Walking Rugby Uncoachables

The first ever Scotland versus England walking rugby international ended with a win for Midlothian’s Uncoachables team.

Making history

The team, which is run by the council’s Ageing Well service for people over 50 years-of-age, made history when they took on Kendal Rugby’s Auld Greys from the Lake District, clocking up a 4-3 win on aggregate on Saturday 8 February.

Same day as Calcutta Cup

Ageing Well health walk co-ordinator David West said the day was all the more special as the Scotland international rugby squad were also playing England at Murrayfield for the Calcutta Cup.

Fantastic to win

He said: “It was a great occasion and it was fantastic to win. We also got stranded and had to stay an extra night due to storm Ciara. We all had fun and, more importantly, made new friends. Hopefully we can play against them next year.”

Games every Friday

If you would like to join the walking rugby there are games on every Friday at Dalkeith Rugby Club from between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. It is free to play and Dalkeith Rugby Club kindly allows the walking rugby to use the facilities.

Sessions run by Ageing Well

Each session is run by a trained Ageing Well co-ordinator (at no cost to the club).

Stay for a blether

Between 12 and 16 people turn up most weeks to enjoy a game and a hot drink and a blether afterwards.

Game is free

Although the game is free, team members can pay £3 per head that goes to player nights out and items such as polo tops.

Get in touch

For more information contact Ageing Well Midlothian:


26 Feb 2020