Documentary offers players and supporters the chance to become part of rugby history

URGENT: Extras required for Sunday's re-enactment of first ever international match between Scotland and England

A re-enactment of The Great Game will be shot at Fettes College this Sunday and the filmmakers need your help.
A re-enactment of The Great Game will be shot at Fettes College this Sunday and the filmmakers need your help.

THE makers of ‘The Great Game’, an hour-long documentary about the first ever rugby international, which took place between Scotland and England in 1871, are looking for extras and players to take part in a re-enactment of the famous match, which is to be filmed at Fettes College in Edinburgh this Sunday.

They’ve had a number of players and extras drop out at the last minute so are now urgently looking for players or ex-players aged between 18-28 to take part in the re-enactment plus extras to play members of the crowd.

It should be a memorable day, but please be aware that it will take up most of the day.

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It’s not primarily a rugby game, more a film shoot, so don’t worry if you weren’t a star of the 1st XV at school. And don’t worry if you haven’t got any kit – all authentic will be supplied.

‘The Great Game’ will be shown at the new Museum of International Rugby, which is being built at Raeburn Place, plus on television.

As the Raeburn Place Foundation, on whose behalf the film is being made, are a charity, and the film is a not-for-profit enterprise, there will be no payments for players /extras, but you will get food, drink, a credit in the film, a ticket to a premiere in the autumn, and a guaranteed place in sporting immortality.

If you’re interested in being a player in the re-enactment please fill out this following form: CLICK HERE

If you’re interested in being an extra taking part in crowd scenes in the re-enactment please fill out the following form: CLICK HERE

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About David Barnes 4026 Articles
David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.


  1. Great story
    Some have suggested I may have played in that game.
    Can you lie about your age?

    PS. Turned down a chance to be an extra at Goldenacre years ago in some film about a guy called Liddell or I could have been an Oscar winner.

      • Dom and Matt

        Your consideration/appreciation of my longstanding involvement in the game is welcome if a tad exaggerated/misinformed.

        Dom, My playing career to date extends to just over half the number of years you quote.
        Matt, Rather than a ball boy, the first Scotland game I attended was in the old schoolboy enclosure at Murrayfield for the 1971 Centenary match where the great John Frame scored in 13 seconds. Easy peasy game this international stuff I thought. Been a bit of a let down/roller coaster since.

        Looking forward to seeing the film and museum in due course, I always loved all the memorabilia in the old Accies Clubhouse.

  2. I take it you and Mr Bathgate have got your stovepipe hats etc ready for your cameos as journalists of the time, David.


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