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Robert Bruce Young


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Dr. Robert Bruce Young (2 August 1858 – 16 March 1927) was a Scottishrugby union player who played for Glasgow University and Glasgow District. He became the 16th President of the Scottish Rugby Union and a referee.

Scottish rugby union player
Rugby player
Robert Bruce Young
Birth name Robert Bruce Young
Date of birth (1858-08-02)2 August 1858
Place of birth Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 16 March 1927(1927-03-16) (aged 68)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Glasgow University ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1881- Glasgow District ()
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
Scottish Unofficial Championship
Scottish Districts
16th President of the Scottish Rugby Union
In office
Preceded by William Sorley Brown
Succeeded by Andrew Ramsay Don-Wauchope

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Young played for Glasgow University.[1]

He was capped by Glasgow District in 1881. It was the first match won by Glasgow in the Inter-City series.[2]

He refereed in the Scottish Unofficial Championship.[3] He also refereed Scottish District matches.[4]

He was President of the Royal HSFP.[5]

He was the Vice-President of the Scottish Rugby Union in 1887.[3]

He was made the 16th President of the Scottish Rugby Union in 1888-89.[6] The Glasgow Herald reported his succession:[7]

A gentleman who has long taken an interest in the rugby game, and who, from experience and general ability, is well qualified for the position.

During his tenure as President, the Scottish Rugby Union had a conflict with the English Rugby Union. The Scottish Rugby Union together with the Welsh Rugby Union and the Irish Rugby Football Union founded the International Rugby Board, now World Rugby to oversee the game. The English Union refused to join.

Young was reported in The Sporting Life thus:[8]

The attitude of the latter country [England] was, he considered, most unsportsmanlike. She had taken a stand against the other three countries against which she could not bring the charge of being actuated by any desire to get the better of England or destroy football. The other nations had the welfare of football at heart. He believed that the International Board would win, and that England would be defeated in this battle. The Scottish members of their board always had the greatest satisfaction in feeling that they had the unanimous support of the clubs in their union.

The Glasgow Herald opined that on the dispute Dr Bruce Young had performed admirably, such that his:[9]

wise counsel last year in dealing with the international dispute with England, greatly strengthened the position of Scotland in that matter.

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