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|Full name||Watsonian Football Club Ladies|
|Union||Scottish Rugby Union|
|Coach(es)||Dave Flynn, Scott Nightingale|
|League(s)||Women's National League Division 1|
Watsonian FC Ladies is a women's rugby union team based in Edinburgh and part of the Scottish Rugby Union. The club is part of with Watsonians RFC and plays at the club's home ground of Myreside Road, Edinburgh.
Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.
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Watsonians have one ladies team who play in the Ladies Tennents Premiership. In season 2018/19 they have also begun a girls section from u12 - u18 level.
Formed in 2001 by a number of players from different clubs around the city, the team played in Premier league for most of their existence and also in National 1- last winning that competition in the 2016/17 season. Following promotion to the Premiership again in 2017/18 Watsonians ladies have established themselves again at that level and in season 2017/18 were runners up in the Sarah Beaney Cup.
Coaches - Dave Flynn, Scott Nightingale
2017/18 - Tristan Gray, Scott Nightingale, Dave Flynn
2016/17 - Tristan Gray, Scott Nightingale, Euan Lyster
2015/16 - Tristan Gray
2014/15 - Baz Lawson and Freddie Main
Season 2012/13 - 5th in Premier League
Season 2013/14 - 6th in Premier League
Season 2014/15 - 6th in National League 1
Season 2015/16 - 6th in National League 1
Season 2016/17 - 1st in National League 1
Cup Quarter Finalists
Season 2017/18 - 5th in Premier League (1st In Prem B split)
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