Two Strathclyde students in Scotland rugby squad

Two University of Strathclyde students have been called up to play for Scotland’s rugby union squad for the match against Tonga this weekend. 

Wing/full-back Rufus McLean and scrum half Jamie Dobie are among the 23 players named for the match at Murrayfield on Saturday 30 October. 

Rufus and Jamie both play club rugby for Strathclyde’s partner team, Glasgow Warriors.  

Rufus is due to start the match against Tonga while Jamie is scheduled to begin on the bench. It is believed to be the first time that Strathclyde undergraduates have been called up to play for Scotland’s men’s international team in the professional era. 

Neil Brown, Head of Sport at Strathclyde, said: “It’s fantastic to see not one but two Strathclyde students being called to play for Scotland, and we are delighted for Rufus and Jamie. 

“They have both worked incredibly hard and they’re a great inspiration for other students who are involved in high-level sport.  

“International sport, like universities, brings people together from all over the world, and we look forward to watching them on Saturday.” 

Rufus and Jamie have both benefited from Strathclyde’s Elite Athletes scholarships programme, which provides bursaries to talented students to help them combine study with competitive sport.  

Rufus McLean. Photo by sns group, courtesy of Glasgow Warriors    

Rufus, who is in the third year of his course in Social Policy and Spanish, said: “At Strathclyde, the lecturers especially have been really understanding of my situation, playing rugby full time. I’ve had meetings with admissions and meetings with the elite athlete liaison.  

“They really helped me out with organising my timetable to suit my rugby that’s help me develop to be a lot more independent and a lot more organised.” 

Jamie Dobie. Photo by sns group, courtesy of Glasgow Warriors

Jamie, a second year Business School student, said: “The Business School were very open to helping me balance my rugby and the coursework and they’ve been committed to helping me if I wasn’t able to attend lectures due to training or travelling. 

“That flexibility has been a massive help to me – it’s meant that I could complete my first year as a full-time student before dropping down to part-time study for second year.”