URC fixtures: Edinburgh at home first up while Glasgow head for Italy

Glasgow's Ollie Smith in action against Benetton last year. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW will visit Benetton on the opening weekend of the URC season before having their first home fixture against Cardiff a week later. Edinburgh start their campaign at home to the Dragons and then head to South Africa for games against the Bulls then the Stormers.

As usual, the two Scottish teams will meet twice over the festive period in the 1872 Cup, with the Warriors being at home in the first leg on the weekend before Christmas and Edinburgh welcoming their rivals to BT Murrayfield a week later.

Six of Glasgow’s first nine games are away, but that is balanced with a run of mainly home matches towards the end of the regular season.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair said he was looking forward to year two at the DAM Health Stadium after the new ground played host to some highly entertaining games in both the league and the Challenge Cup last season.  “Today’s announcement only adds to the excitement for what is set up to be another thrilling URC season, with huge match-ups across the year for supporters to look forward to,” Blair said.

“With all 18 rounds now confirmed, you can now get a sense of the season blueprint and those key match-ups that will be crucial as we look to build on a really promising URC campaign last season.

“With 50 days to go until Round 1 and a home opener against Dragons RFC at DAM Health Stadium, the squad and our support team continue to work tirelessly as pre-season preparations intensify.

“I’d encourage all Edinburgh supporters who’ve yet to get their Season Ticket to do so. Being part of ‘year one’ at DAM Health Stadium was such a special experience for all of us connected to the club and we need your backing once again for another massive campaign.”

The URC has so far only announced what weekend each fixture will be played on. Precise dates and kick-off times for rounds one to 18 are expected to be announced soon.

URC fixtures 2022-23

Edinburgh:

v Dragons (H) 16, 17 or 18 September

v Bulls (A) 23, 24 or 25 Sep

v Stormers (A) 30 Sep, 1 or 2 Oct

v  Lions (H) 7, 8 or 9 Oct

v  Benetton (H) 15, 16 or 17 Oct

v  Zebre (A) 21, 22 or 23 Oct

v  Cardiff (A) 28, 29 or 30 Oct

v  Benetton (A) 25, 26 or 27 Nov

v   Munster (H) 2,  3 or 4 Dec

v Glasgow (A)  23, 24 or 25 Dec

v Glasgow (H) 30, 31 Dec or  1 Jan

v  Zebre (H) 6, 7 or 8 Jan

v  Sharks (H) 27, 28 or 29 Jan

v  Scarlets (A) 17, 18 or 19 Feb

v   Leinster (H) 3, 4 or 5 Mar

v   Connacht (A) 24, 25 or 26 Mar

v  Ospreys (H) 14, 15 or 16 Apr

v   Ulster (A) 21, 22 or 23 Apr.

Glasgow:

v Benetton (A) 16, 17 or 18 September

v Cardiff (H) 23, 24 or 25 Sep

v Ospreys (A) 30 Sep, 1 or 2 Oct

v  Bulls (H) 7, 8 or 9 Oct

v  Sharks (A) 15, 16 or 17 Oct

v  Lions (A) 21, 22 or 23 Oct

v Benetton (H) 28, 29 or 30 Oct

v Leinster (A) 25, 26 or 27 Nov

v Zebre (A)  2,  3 or 4 Dec

v Edinburgh (H)  23, 24 or 25 Dec

v Edinburgh (A) 30, 31 Dec or  1 Jan

v Stormers (H) 6, 7 or 8 Jan

v Dragons (A) 27, 28 or 29 Jan

v Ulster (H) 17, 18 or 19 Feb

v Zebre (H)  3, 4 or 5 Mar

v Munster (A)  24, 25 or 26 Mar

v Scarlets (H) 14, 15 or 16 Apr

v Connacht (H)  21, 22 or 23 Apr.

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6 Comments

  1. Perhaps the SRU are about to take a leaf out of Scottish football’s lesser teams notebook and announce a player/manager appointment?
    Step forward Ryan Wilson! Hang on can he fit it in around his already extensive media work? Thankfully I doubt it.

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  2. It’s good the Edinburgh actually have a manager to comment on fixtures with 50 days to go before the start of the season. One of the reason my friends and myself renewed our season tickets this year at Scotstoun was the Al Kelloch fan’s meeting where it was strongly hinted that a suitable new coach was close and tangible. I just hope that this wasn’t (a) flim-flam to quelle the growing rebellion of people reticent to sign up again and (b) I have we get a decent option this time. No harm to Danny but he was foisted on us as the cheap ‘biscuit tin’ already employed by the SRU candidate.

    • an announcement will be made in the next 1o days, probably next week. It will be a full time appointment, and not from the current SRU payroll.

    • foisted on us? Like Townsend was? You know the guy who was getting pelters at the time for being a shit backs coach for Scotland?
      Didn’t work out for Danny Wilson, (primarily because the great world famous previous coach left early and left a shambles) but he wasn’t foisted on anyone

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