Monday, 9 July 2018

MacArthur Headlines Ayr Signings

Current Ayr Assistant Coach Pat McArthur is to dust off the boots for one more year and play for the pink and black in a player/coach role this season. 

Pat, who was instrumental in the club's first ever league triumph in 2009 has since enjoyed a wonderful professional career with both Warriors and Scotland but will return to Millbrae after announcing his retirement from the professional game at the end of last season. 

The front rower turned out for the Warriors 165 times making him their third most experienced player of all time. He was also instrumental in their successful Guinness PRO12 campaign in 2014/15.

Also joining this summer is David Corbenici. The Aussie-born Scottish-qualified back rower joins from GHA.

The the back-row is also bolstered by Alfie North who joins from Gloucester Academy. The blind-side flanker is equally as devastating in the engine room and will give the Ayr pack much needed versatility.

Ayr RFC will also benefit from BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage Three player Ollie Smith. A product of Ayr's youth system, Ollie rejoins after playing at Strathallan School. Although primary a centre, he can slot into any of the back three positions. 

This makes it six new signings so far this summer for Ayr RFC, with winger Kyle Rowe and BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage Three player Marshall Sykes announced last month.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Rugby Force Day 2018

Ayr RFC is calling upon all members, fans, players and more to give back to their club on Saturday 28 July for Rugby Force Day 2018.

The day gives those involved in the club the opportunity to give back through tidying, painting and all round maintenance duties at Millbrae- in an attempt to make our home one to be proud of.

Kicking off at 12.30, the day will also provide an opportunity for those in all different avenues of the club to mingle with each other whilst getting Millbrae primed for the start of the 2018/19 Tennents' Premiership.

Once the work is done stick around for a well earned BBQ and bask in the rewards of a days hard graft.

Ayr RFC has always prided itself in giving to the community but on Saturday 28th, the club asks for the community to show their support of the club.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

McAlpine and Davidson Move On

Second-rower Rob McAlpine and utility back Matt Davidson will leave the club this summer.

Rob, who has been Ayr's marquee line-out technician since joining in 2014, has been relocated to London for work. The 6"7' lock has been an influential cog in the pack over the last few seasons and was paramount in the BT Premiership triumph in 2017.

Matt, who is a product of Ayr's mini and youth sections, joins London Scottish. The youngster returned to Millbrae last year after schooling at Merchiston Castle and became a dependable option for the 1st XV at both centre and wing. His great club form was mimicked at age-grade level where he performed for Scotland U-19s.

We wish both players the best of luck in their future endeavours.

Rob and Matt join Scott Sutherland, George Hunter, Robin Hislop and George Stokes on the 2018 leavers list.

Photos: George McMillian

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ayr sign U20s Duo

Ayr RFC can confirm that Scotland U20's stars Kyle Rowe and Marshall Sykes will be joining for the 2018/19 season.

Fresh off the U20s World Championships which finished on Sunday, both Rowe and Sykes have already played alongside some of their new teammates, with Stafford McDowall, Robbie Smith and Paddy Dewhirst all involved in the Scotland camp.

Rowe, 20, is a tricky winger who always has an eye for the line. He joins from current BT Premiership side Glasgow Hawks.

Slightly younger, Sykes is an 18-year-old second row whose breakout onto the 20s Championship showed just what an incredible prospect he is. Only just finishing his sixth form year in school down in England, Sykes joins from St Joseph's College.

Club president Billy McHarg is "Delighted" that both will be joining Ayr this summer and after excellent performances with the 20s knows the future looks bright for Ayr RFC.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Ayr Trio Finish Tenth at World Championships

Ayr youngsters Stafford McDowall, Robbie Smith and Paddy Dewhirst all played pivotal roles in Scotland U-20s' World Championship campaign which saw them finish tenth after a narrow defeat to Georgia in their final game.

McDowall, who captained the squad, led from the front throughout with Dewhirst and Smith both contributing tries to the tournament.

In a tournament which will feel disappointing for a squad with such an array of talent, the notable highlight will be their convincing 29-45 victory over Ireland. All three Ayr players started in the contest.

Club President, Billy McHarg, illustrated his delight with the the trio's contribution to the squad with: "Ayr's future looks bright based on the excellent performances of all three players involved in the U-20s World Championship".

Monday, 11 June 2018

Ayr RFC pay respects to Ken Blair

Lifelong Ayr RFC member and supporter Ken Blair sadly passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 3rd.

A notable figure around Millbrae, Ken could be seen- and heard- every match day regardless of the weather and will be sorely missed by the club. A talented musician, Ken recently wowed the crowds just weeks ago at the Land O'Burns Weekender when he performed on the outdoor stage.


Ken's wife, Alison, has extended an invitation to all at the club to attend his funeral and celebrate his life this Wednesday (13/06/18) at Ayr Crematorium, 15.30pm.

Alison has also asked us to wear the famous colours of the club that he loved so dearly.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

AGM tonight at Millbrae

The 2018 Annual General Meeting will take place tonight (Tuesday 5th) at Millbrae, scheduled to start at 19.30pm.

The club would like to invite as many members as possible to attend and have their say in the club.