Scotland to play fourth Autumn Test against Tonga at Murrayfield

Gregor Townsend's side will also play Australia, South Africa and Japan in an extended Autumn series

Murrayfield will host Tonga at Murrayfield on 30th October. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Murrayfield will host Tonga at Murrayfield on 30th October. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND will play Tonga at Murrayfield on Saturday 30th October, as a pre-cursor to the three matches which have already been arranged for Gregor Townsend’s teams inside World Rugby’s official international window against Australia, South Africa and Japan on consecutive weekends in November.

Today’s press release highlighted the value of Scotland getting an extra game under their belts in the lead-up to the 2023 World Cup, however the need to increase ticket revenues after 16 months of limited or no crowds is also a pressing matter.

“Ticket offers for the Tonga match – which is expected to be played with an afternoon kick-off – are being developed to help make the game accessible to everyone and will also be distributed in support of good causes,” said the release.


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Tonga last faced Scotland at Murrayfield 20 years ago in a 43-20 win for the home side in 2001. The teams have faced each other twice since then, both in Scotland, with a win apiece in fixtures played in Aberdeen in 2012 and Kilmarnock in 2014.

“Following Scotland’s disrupted summer campaign we are pleased to be able to welcome Tonga to BT Murrayfield as part of our Autumn Nations Series,” said Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson.

“I’d like to thank Tonga Rugby CEO Peter Harding and the Tongan Rugby Union for their proactivity in working with us to secure this fixture to ensure we can give fans, players and coaches another test match to enjoy in 2021.

“Matches with Tonga are always competitive and physically demanding games and we feel this is the ideal way for our Autumn Nations Series to kick off and we look forward to welcoming Tonga back to Scotland.”

The Pacific Islanders will face England at Twickenham the following weekend on 6th November.

Harding said: “The intention of the ‘Ikale Tahi is to always walk toward the challenge of playing the best teams as often as we can and the exciting team currently playing under Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend certainly provides a challenge.”


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6 Comments

  1. A good opportunity to blood some of the younger lads and SQ players who we need to tie up to the cause. Tonga are putting together quite an impromptu tour for themselves and I wish them every luck. They are a proud small nation always fighting the odds – and doing so very successfully sometimes. A 100-point thrashing by the All Blacks is not where they are.

  2. Will be interesting to see the line up for the match, I presume most of the 23 will be youngsters and/or SQ players that we are trying to poach/capture :P.

  3. The SRU should be commended for making their 4th fixture (albeit this is for extra money) against a poor tier 2 nation who will get a cut of the profits as opposed to a rich tier 1 nations which would have drawn more fans in.

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  4. If it is indeed a afternoon Kick Off, the SRU will have to inform clubs because there is meant to be a full club fixtures card the same day.

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    • and? There’s a full card of league fixtures on the 6th November too. There’s always been a clash between club fixtures and Autumn games, not the same with home Six Nations games and club rugby.

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