SCOTLAND will start their build-up towards January’s World Cup qualifying tournament in Dubai with their first home match in front of a crowd in two years against Japan at Edinburgh Rugby’s DAM Health Stadium on the pack pitches at Murrayfield on Sunday 14th November (kick-off at 4.10pm).
The COP26 UN Climate Change Conference is being hosted Glasgow at the same time as the Japan fixture, which will see the city implement changes to its transport infrastructure and an expected shortage of hotel rooms. Therefore, to enable the match to go ahead and avoid any potential disruption, the decision has been taken for Scotland to play at Edinburgh Rugby’s DAM Health Stadium rather than their usual home ground of Scotstoun Stadium.
Japan provided the opposition for the last Scotland Women match played in front of a crowd on home soil, when the visitors ran out 20-24 winners at Scotstoun back in November 2019.
“The squad are in a really good place right now following our win on Saturday in Italy,” said head coach Bryan Easson. “We have an exciting few months ahead with the final qualifying tournament for the 2022 Rugby World Cup in January.
“I am delighted that we will be playing Japan in front of a home crowd. The support that we have had from our supporters over the last 18 months has been fantastic and the whole squad can’t wait to run out in front of a home crowd in November.
“Japan gave us a great match in 2019 and I am sure that both teams will demonstrate some fantastic rugby for the supporters. This match will give the squad some valuable experience ahead of 2022 Rugby World Cup Qualifying Repechage where we will face Colombia, Samoa and the runners-up of the Asian qualifying tournament which will be either Japan, Hong Kong or Kazakhstan.
“We would like to thank Edinburgh Rugby for welcoming us to play in their new home. Scotstoun has been a great home for us, but in this instance playing in Edinburgh will hopefully allow more fans to come and support us, especially the day after the men play South Africa at BT Murrayfield.”
Ticketing information will be available soon on the Scottish Rugby website.