London Scottish to host WWI commemorative match

London Scottish will play Blackheath at Richmond Athletic Ground this Saturday (3 May) to commemorate those who fell in the 1914-18 World War.

The day begins at 11.30am with pipes and a wreath-laying followed by the rugby.

Eighty-seven international players from the British Isles lost their lives; 31 of them were Scots; 25 are on London Scottish's or Blackheath’s roll of honour, and four of them are named on both.

In all London Scottish lost at least 100 members of their club, Blackheath losing 60.

To commemorate this the clubs will play again this Saturday - a match of three thirds, involving academy players, seniors and veterans, followed by events to remember the cause, guest speakers and a lunch.

Entry to the ground will be free, however the club will ask for kind donations which will go towards  two causes -the Poppy Factory Charity in Richmond and the youth sections of both clubs.

The youth teams from both clubs will put their money towards a trip to the Western Front in September in which they will attend a weekend of events hosted by the local authorities in Laon, France. Among the events will be a number of commemorative matches on the 100th anniversary of the death of the first international player in WWI, Lieutenant Ronald Francis Simson, a Scot who played for both clubs, and sadly lost his life on 14 September 1914.

Lunch for all players and guests and others who wish to join will be held after the rugby.

If you would like to play (there is room for veterans who needn't be capable of the full 30 minutes) please contact [email protected]

If you would like lunch please contact [email protected], and please do so promptly as, with so many players to feed, table space for spectators will be limited. Lunch is £28.00 including three courses and half a bottle of wine.

If you would like to volunteer your help please contact Paul McFarland [email protected]