The Great Game Documentary

by The Raeburn Place Foundation in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

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'The Great Game', a documentary about the first game of international rugby. Scotland v. England 150 years ago, 27 March 1871 in Edinburgh.

by The Raeburn Place Foundation in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Great Game Documentary Team Films Scenes from the 1871 Match

On Sunday 22nd August, we had a full day of filming of scenes depicting key events in the first ever rugby international. The film crew, support staff and volunteer players and spectators – including many donors to the project – gathered at the Fettes College playing fields in Edinburgh. The two teams donned the superb replica shirts supplied to the project by Samurai Sports and played with replica rugby balls crafted by Mackenzie Leather (  Spectators were dressed in appropriate Victorian attire, and EAFC Secretary John Wright provided valuable guidance on the laws under which the game took place.


We were delighted that both players and spectators in the filming included descendants of two of the Scottish club captains who issued the challenge leading to the 1871 match.  We were blessed with dry weather and able to make full use of the time available, and the production team are delighted with the footage they were able to create.


Our thanks are due to all at Encaptivate Films, to all those who volunteered as players and as spectator “Extras”, and to Fettes College for their generosity in making their facilities available to us. 


Thanks again to our sponsors Famous Grouse and Brewin Dolphin, to the GPS Macpherson Charitable Trust and the Gordon Brown Memorial Fund, and to all who donated to the project. We could not have done this without you.


Filming of interviews will continue over the next month or so, with the completion of the project expected in late October/early November.

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Reward- Credit in the film & streaming access!

This reward gets you a credit in the film as a Film Backer. YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS listed as a backer, permanently attaching you to this film and this historic match! You'll also receive a link to an EARLY SCREENER of the film to watch before the rest of the world!

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Reward- Premiere, Signed book and BTS!

Everything included in the £100 reward (YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS, EARLY SCREENER, BACKERS RED CARPET PREMIERE) but you'll get two tickets to the screening plus a hardback copy of "The Accies: The Cradle of Scottish Rugby" by David Barnes. SIGNED BY FIVE SCOTTISH RUGBY CAPTAINS. Truly a collectors items and unique. You'll also get access to the behind the scenes filming of the match recreation we have planned at Raeburn Place (COVID allowing).

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