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Ronald Thomas Nisbet

Place of birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland 

Position played:
No 8, Scrumhalf in 7's

Summary of rugby career:

First Started Playing Where:
Moray House School, Edinburgh, Scotland (1940-1949)
Portobello High School, Portobello, Scotland (1950-1953)
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland (1953-1955)
Universite de Dijon, France (1957-1960)

Clubs represented and Years:
Edinburgh Wanderers, Scotland (1953-1956)
Dunfermline Rugby Club, Scotland (1956-1957)
Stade Dijjonais, Dijon, France (1957-1960)
Universities Rugby Club, Los Angeles (1962-1968)
UCLA Rugby (1968-1971)
Santa Monica Rugby Club (1972-now) Founder & Coach

Territorial/National Representative Teams and years:
France XV vs. Germany (1958)
Southern California Griffins vs. North California Pelicans
(1962-1966) Captain
Coached Griffins, Grizzlies vs. Fiji, Wales, Portypool, Swansea, Italy
Asst. Coach Eagles vs. Canada, England, New Zealand, South Africa

No of Caps (if applicable):

No of International Matches (if applicable):

Tours: Where, With Whom and Years:
England/Wales - Santa Monica Rugby Club
Scotland/ Ireland - Santa Monica Rugby Club
- Santa Monica Rugby Club

Awards and Recognition:
Founding member and Coach of Santa Monica Rugby Club (1972-1982)
Championships at: Monterey Rugby Tournament (Unofficial National Championship)
San Diego Tournament
Ranked #1 USA Club

Impact rugby had on your life:
I don’t remember when Rugby was not a huge part of my life; I have developed relationships over the world which I maintain to this day.

Most inspirational teammate/coach and why:
My greatest inspiration and pride comes from the Santa Monica Rugby Club, from the extraordinary players that started the club, to the players and administrators who have kept the club functioning at such a high level. Watching the development of Youth rugby and Women’s’ rugby and the continuing great performances is a huge source of pride.

What wisdom would you pass on to current players:
My message to current players is “Enjoy the time when you are
playing, appreciate your teammates and adversaries and maintain
your relationships after you retire from playing the greatest game
on earth”.

Marital Status (Spouse/Kids names):
I am married (Felicity) with 4 children and five grandchildren.  My son Duncan played for Santa Monica.

Favorite quote:
Rugby is not a game, it is a lifestyle.

Tennis, Grandkids and Travel.

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