SCOTLAND are very hopeful of arranging a warm-up match the weekend before their rearranged Six Nations fixture against Wales – with Georgia the frontrunners to come to BT Murrayfield. As part of an expanded autumn international window, the match on October 24 needs to be rubber-stamped by World Rugby then confirmed by the Six Nations, at which point the SRU is then expected to confirm the national team’s calendar for the rest of the year.
With nearly three months to go before the start of the autumn fixtures, it is far too early to say whether any kind of crowd will be able to attend. The Scottish Government will determine what can be done in the case of Scotland’s home games.
The pencilling-in of the match against Georgia is the latest addition to a very busy schedule for rugby in the northern hemisphere over the coming months, with the current PRO14, Champions Cup and Challenge Cup campaigns all due to come to a climax before the opening of the international window.
Scotland and Georgia met twice last year in Rugby World Cup warm-up games, with the Scots winning 44-10 in Tbilisi at the end of August then 36-9 at Murrayfield a week later. Gregor Townsend’s team would be strong favourites to win again this time, although the physical challenge posed by the Georgians would still make them ideal opponents against whom to warm up for the Wales game.
If for any reason the Georgia fixture falls through, Scotland are still almost certain to have a match at Murrayfield that weekend. After that game and the Wales match they would then have a week off before going into the Eight Nations Tournament, in which they have been placed in the same pool as France, Italy and Japan, with England, Fiji, Ireland and Wales in the other pool.
PROVISIONAL AUTUMN CALENDAR
Sat 22: PRO14: Edinburgh v Glasgow (BT Murrayfield)
Fri 28: PRO14: Glasgow v Edinburgh (BT Murrayfield)
Weekend of Sat 5: PRO14 semi-finals
Sat 12: PRO14 final
Sat 19: European quarter-finals inc Challenge Cup: Bordeaux-Begles v Edinburgh (Stade Chaban-Delmas)
Sat 26: European semi-finals
Weekend of 3: New PRO14 season starts
24: Scotland v Georgia (tbc, BT Murrayfield)
31: Six Nations 2020: Wales v Scotland (venue tbc)
14, 21 and 28: Eight Nations Tournament pool games
5: Eight Nations play-off match