Postponed 1872 Cup match to be played next Friday night

PRO14 have re-jigged the fixtures in response to Covid-related travel issues

Ryan Wilson of Glasgow and Nick Haining of Edinburgh exchange views during the first 1872 Cup game after the end of lockdown. Image: ©Craig Watson
Ryan Wilson of Glasgow and Nick Haining of Edinburgh exchange views during the first 1872 Cup game after the end of lockdown. Image: ©Craig Watson

GLASGOW WARRIORS will now host the 1872 Cup clash against Edinburgh, which was postponed last week due to a Covid issue in the home team’s camp, next Friday night (8th January).

The initial schedule had Benetton travelling to Glasgow next weekend with Edinburgh due to play Zebre in Parma, but this solution means that both the Scottish and Italian derbies can stay as double-headers, and also mitigates Covid-related risks by reducing cross-border travel.

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A statement from PRO14 indicated that there could be further complications in getting matches between UK and Italian teams fulfilled.

“It is uncertain when the current restrictions placed on travel between the UK and Italy will be lifted and this poses a significant risk to the fixtures between these teams as previously planned,” said the statement. “By switching these matches it ensures that all Round 11 games in the Guinness PRO14 require no international travel and teams will have greater control of their environments.

“As a result, the Glasgow Warriors v Benetton and Zebre v Edinburgh games will be scheduled for another weekend in early 2021.”

David Jordan, PRO14’s Tournament Director said: “We are very grateful to our clubs and broadcasters for their support of this change to their Guinness PRO14 fixtures. The pandemic has created a very fluid situation in our sport and, in this instance, we believe it is prudent to prevent international travel where these teams are concerned.”

The rescheduled games for Round 11 are:

Friday, January 8th

Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh Rugby (19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA) @ Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow

Live on Premier Sports & eir Sport

Saturday, January 9th

Zebre Rugby Club v Benetton Rugby (13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA) @ Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma

Live on DAZN, Premier Sports, eir Sport

Confirmation of rescheduled fixtures will be announced in due course, in addition to the postponed Munster v Leinster game from Round 9.

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