THE home and away designations for the Edinburgh versus Glasgow Warriors double-header which is being played at Murrayfield over the next two weekends have been switched around meaning that Saturday’s game will be categorised as a Glasgow Warriors home fixture and the following Friday’s match will be an Edinburgh home fixture.
The logic is that it will improve the chances of the second game being played in front of “a very limited, socially distanced crowd” if it is designated a home fixture, attended by season ticket holders to ensure less travel.
“A decision on a proposed pilot event will be made in due course as Scottish Rugby continue to work and hold positive discussions with Scottish Government,” said a statement issued by Edinburgh.
Meanwhile, it has been agreed that the 1872 Cup will still be determined over three legs. With the series currently tied 1-1, this Saturday’s derby will be the decider, with the fourth and final match continuing as a regular Guinness PRO14 fixture.
The two sides met twice over the festive period, with Glasgow Warriors winning the opening leg 20-16 at Scotstoun, before Edinburgh tied the series with a 29-19 bonus-point victory at BT Murrayfield.
Richard Cockerill’s side will be looking to lift the 1872 Cup for the third straight season having won the inter-city series in both 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Revised Guinness PRO14 fixtures:
Saturday 22 August: Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh Rugby (kick-off 5.15pm)
Friday 28 August: Edinburgh Rugby v Glasgow Warriors (kick-off 7.35pm)