Club fixtures announced for new season

The women's Premiership will kick off on Saturday 19 August, two weeks before the men's tournament begins.

Hawick and Glasgow Hawks will meet on the opening weekend of the men's Premiership season. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Hawick and Glasgow Hawks will meet on the opening weekend of the men's Premiership season. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

DOUBLE-WINNERS Hawick will begin their defence of the men’s Premiership title with a home game against Glasgow Hawks on Saturday 2 September. The first weekend of action will also see National One champions Kelso visit Musselburgh, while last season’s runners-up Currie Chieftains are at Selkirk, Marr visit Heriot’s Blues and Jed-Forest are at home to Edinburgh Accies.

In the women’s Premiership, which begins two weeks earlier on Saturday 19 August, Stirling County kick off their title defence away to Heriot’s Blues. Newcomers Stewartry visit Cartha Queen’s Park, Garioch are at home to Corstorphine Cougars, and Hillhead-Jordanhill visit Watsonians.

While the men’s league will now consist of a Premiership and four National Divisions, the Premiership will be the only national division in the women’s league.

Full fixtures for season 2023-24 in both the men’s and women’s leagues are now available at scottishrugby.org. A review of the Cup competitions will begin in the coming months, according to a press release from Murrayfield.

SEASON 2023-24: OPENING WEEKENDS’ FIXTURES

WOMEN:

Saturday 19 August (all 2pm):

Premiership: Cartha Queen’s Park v Stewartry, Garioch v Corstorphine, Heriot’s Blues v Stirling  County, Watsonians v Hillhead-Jordanhill.

MEN:

Saturday 2 September (all 3pm):

Premiership: Hawick v Glasgow Hawks, Heriot’s Blues v Marr, Jed-Forest v Edinburgh Accies, Musselburgh v Kelso, Selkirk v Currie Chieftains.

National League Division One: Ayr v Glasgow Accies, Dundee v Highland, GHA v Melrose, GHK v Biggar, Watsonians v Gala.

National Two: Aberdeen Grammar v Stirling County, Berwick v Stewart’s-Melville, Kirkcaldy v Lasswade, Newton Stewart v Falkirk, Peebles v Gordonians.

National Three: Allan Glen’s v Hillhead-Jordanhill, Cartha Queen’s Park v Preston Lodge, Dumfries Saints v Boroughmuir, Howe of Fife v Hamilton Bulls, West of Scotland v Orkney.

National Four: Garnock v Ross High, Greenock Wanderers v Whitecraigs, Murrayfield Wanderers v Perthshire, North Berwick v Dunfermline, Stewartry v Strathmore.


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