Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors aligned women’s teams to compete in Celtic Challenge

The two sides will kick-off their campaigns by facing each other at Hive Stadium on Saturday 30th December with 12 noon kick-off

The creation of women's teams aligned to Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors can be a big boost to the national team. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
The creation of women's teams aligned to Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors can be a big boost to the national team. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

REPRESENTATIVE teams aligned to Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors will compete in the second year of the Celtic Challenge competition, which will also feature two teams each from Ireland (Wolfhounds and Clovers) and Wales (Brython Thunder and Gwalia Lightning).

The Scottish sides will wear the same colours as the established men’s professional teams and play out of Hive Stadium in Edinburgh and Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow. They will kick off their Celtic Challenge campaign by facing each other at Hive Stadium on Saturday 30th December with 12 noon kick-off, ahead of the men’s 1872 Cup clash on the nearby Murrayfield international pitch getting underway at 3pm.

This season’s Celtic Challenge will adopt a new format consisting of five rounds, before three doubleheader play-off rounds (each being hosted by a Home Union) determine the competition champions.

Tickets for Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors home games will be made available in due course, on sale via each respective club’s website, with an update on the coaching team and wider broadcast details to follow.


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“The decision to align our Celtic Challenge teams to Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors presents a fantastic opportunity to provide our two teams with a strong individual identity and sense of belonging, whilst also tapping into each club’s current fan base,” said Gemma Fay, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Women’s & Girls’ Strategy.

“I know that Al Kellock (Glasgow’s managing director), Doug Struth (Edinburgh’s managing director) and their colleagues will do a great job in making our teams and their management feel part of their clubs.

“This branding alignment plays a fundamental part in progressing our Women’s and Girls’ Strategy, and as the Celtic Challenge Competition develops, we look forward to the prospect of that alignment being taken further as we continue to build towards semi-professional teams in the future.”

Struth said: “It’s fantastic to have a side representing the capital in the Celtic Challenge, and to see a women’s team competing under the Edinburgh Rugby banner for the first time.

“It’s a big development for the wider sport and women’s rugby in Scotland generally, and stepping stone towards semi-professional sides in the future, with the exciting prospect of our first match being part of an inter-city double header with Glasgow Warriors on the 30th of December.

“I’d encourage the Edinburgh faithful to get behind the team and support us in our first match against Glasgow.”

Kellock added: “We’re extremely excited to be able to expand our club with the launch of our first-ever women’s team; it’s an outstanding opportunity for us to help to further the development of the next generation of Scottish rugby talent, and showcase this club to a new audience.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped to make this team and this vision come to life, from the backroom team behind the scenes, to our network of sponsors and partners and those involved centrally at Scottish Rugby.

“We look forward to sharing more details about our team in the next few weeks, and we’re excited to introduce our newest Warriors to the Warrior Nation.”


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5 Comments

  1. Great stuff. I hope the SRU has a cunning plan for the 30th, with some sort of double bill ticket offering. Doubtless there are good practical reasons why the derby game is at the Hive, but it looks a shame not to play it at Murrayfield in front of a bumper crowd.

  2. Its great news for the sport in general.

    I would like to see some of our players come back from England and play at home. But I don’t think we are quite there yet in those terms.

  3. Yeah this can only be positive. The first competition clearly helped the senior women’s team with youngsters coming to international rugby with competitive representative experience and made a huge impact. Hopefully more of the same to follow.

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  4. Great news for women’s rugby in Scotland. Another level of competitive rugby. It will take time but another step in the right direction.

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  5. Women’s teams representing Glasgow and Edinburgh present another opportunity to showcase the women’s game.

    Certainly Edinburgh with 3 Premier Clubs in their area are perhaps going to have the greater depth whereas Glasgow have only 2 Prem. Clubs and their player base will require assistance from Ayr the Stewartry and Stirling

    It will be interesting to see how the sides line up. GAME ON !!

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