Edinburgh announce first fixtures for new stadium

Newcastle and Benetton will both visit in September

Mini Murrayfield with the national stadium in the background. Image courtesy: Scottish Rugby / Ross Parker / SNS Group
A view from inside the new Edinburgh Rugby Stadium. Image courtesy: Scottish Rugby / Ross Parker / SNS Group

NEWCASTLE Falcons and Benetton will be the first visitors to play at Edinburgh’s new mini-stadium when they take part in pre-season friendlies in September. The English club will visit on the weekend of 10 September while the Italians will play the following weekend.

The exact dates and kick-off times will be announced in the coming weeks. Both matches are included in the club’s season-ticket offer for the next campaign.

“These friendlies are excellent preparation for our upcoming campaign, and as a squad, we’re really excited to run out in our new home for the first time,” Richard Cockerill said. “It’ll be a big moment for everyone connected with the club.

“Benetton are a team we know well through the PRO14 and they’ll be playing with confidence off the back of their Rainbow Cup triumph. Newcastle Falcons are a quality opponent who have recruited well so far this summer, while any team coached by Dean Richards will be tough to play against.

“It’s good to have both fixtures in our sights as we prepare to begin pre-season preparations in a fortnight’s time. We can’t wait to play in front of our home support again.”

“Announcing these warm-up fixtures is a significant milestone for the club and adds further excitement to what is set to be a really special inaugural season in our new home,” Edinburgh managing director Douglas Struth said. “All of us – players, staff and management – cannot wait to see our supporters back in stands next season, and that first match against Newcastle Falcons will be a celebratory, and in many ways, emotional moment as we acknowledge just how far we’ve come as a club through this pandemic.”

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