The sun officially sets on Edinburgh’s tenure at Myreside

A race against time to have 'Mini-Murrayfield' ready for start of next season

Edinburgh played six games at Myreisde at the tail-end of last season
Edinburgh played six games at Myreisde at the tail-end of last season, and another six in this campaign, before returning to Murrayfield. Image: Craig Watson

EDINBURGH Rugby have confirmed that their three-year partnership agreement with George Watson’s College to play home games at Myreside has been terminated less than nine months into the arrangement.

The club announced last month that they would play their remaining home matches of this season back on the main pitch at Murrayfield, while they reviewed the desirability of returning to Myreside next term. It was pretty clear from that stage onwards that the writing was on the wall as far as the association between the school and the pro club was concerned, so today’s press release is little more than a full-stop at the end of a rather dispiriting paragraph for all parties involved.

Edinburgh have yet to give any firm details on where the team will play their home games after the summer. Their preferred option is custom-built ‘Mini-Murrayfield’ on the back pitches of the national stadium consisting of temporary stands with an initial capacity of around 7,000 – but they are in a race against time to have that in place for the start of the next season.

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A spokesman from the club said yesterday that Jon Petrie, the club’s managing director, and his team are still ‘looking at options’ and ‘progressing plans’.

“Following a review of the partnership between Edinburgh Rugby and George Watson’s College, it can be confirmed that Edinburgh Rugby has exercised its option not to continue using Myreside as the club’s home venue,” said a statement issued by the club.

“The club and the school have enjoyed a very positive relationship since first exploring the feasibility of moving Edinburgh matches to Myreside two years ago. Both sides look forward to continuing that co-operation in the future, with Myreside remaining a potential host venue for future Scottish Rugby representative matches such as the Scotland U20 match against England U20 which took place successfully last Friday.”

“Edinburgh Rugby will now continue to develop its ambitious plans for a suitable home venue and will share this vision with supporters as soon as possible.”

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