BOTH of Edinburgh’s pre-season friendlies are to take place at BT Murrayfield, with London Scottish playing Richard Cockerill’s side on 31 August and Ospreys coming to Edinburgh on 14 September. The two matches will be included in the season-ticket offer for the 2019-20 campaign, with further information on kick-off times to follow.
It will be the first time in seven years that Edinburgh have played a pre-season game at the national stadium, Northampton Saints having been the last opposition there.
The London Scottish match will take place on the same day as Scotland’s World Cup warm-up game away to Georgia, which is scheduled to kick off at 5pm British Summer Time. An early kick-off at Murrayfield would make sense: either spectators would have plenty of time to get home to watch the international, or, if screens could be in place around the stadium or at least inside some suites, they could stay to watch the Georgia game on TV.
Edinburgh started pre-season training yesterday (Thursday), although they are currently well down in numbers as their international contingent are enjoying a break before the Scotland squad gather the week after next to begin their preparations for the Rugby World Cup.