Georgia set to play Scotland in warm-up for Wales match

Match at BT Murrayfield pencilled in for week before rearranged Six Nations clash

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Scott Cummings on the attack for Scotland against Georgia in September 2019. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

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

August

Sat 22: PRO14: Edinburgh v Glasgow (BT Murrayfield)

Fri 28: PRO14: Glasgow v Edinburgh (BT Murrayfield)

September

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

October

Weekend of 3: New PRO14 season starts

24: Scotland v Georgia (tbc, BT Murrayfield)

31: Six Nations 2020: Wales v Scotland (venue tbc)

November

14, 21 and 28: Eight Nations Tournament pool games 

December

5: Eight Nations play-off match 

 

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Stuart Bathgate
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6 Comments

  1. I doubt this match between Scotland and Georgia will happen. I saw massive Georgian protests demanding to not play Scotland or any of the 6 Nations countries.

    It is all due to not inviting Georgia to this 8 Nations tournament.

    • That sounds like cutting their nose off to spite their face. If the Georgians feel aggrieved then surely the best thing is to come to Murrayfield and show the 6N what they’re missing?

      The stadium in Tbilisi looked only 2/3 full when Scotland became the first tier 1 nation to play there. Not sure if that was down to ticket pricing or whatever, but unfortunately it did the Georgian 6N cause no favours.

    • Clearly, justifiable outrage in Georgia at the seedy politics behind Fiji & Japan joining this proposed 8N tournament – although Japanese tv audience & sports market revenues could be significant, neither are liable to bring more spectators from the SH than the geographically-closer, steadily-developing Georgia!

  2. Viewing numbers will be interesting.

    Club rugby due to restart on 31 Oct. If we do get going on that date, players and officials will be tied up with league games and not watching TV.

  3. I think it’s a good way of doing it. Gradual build up with some club games followed by rest then a build-up in terms of quality in the test structure. I wouldn’t expect everyone to play a part in every game, and if the players are undercooked, there’s always the option of arranging a bounce game with someone from England.

    The players are professionals after all – if they don’t play soon, they won’t be paid. Am sure they want to get back out there and I reckon this schedule is a relatively safe way of doing what can be a dangerous job.

  4. now i hope i am incorrect here, however to me its seems there is a huge amount of pressure to get these fixture played, with the player welfare side of things being forgotten. for a player to go 4/5 months of 0 gametime/ contact rugby to playing international rugby is ridiculous and whilst im looking forward to rugby returning as much as anyone i hope this isnt the unions putting safety last and the cash first.

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