World-Class Offer For Scotland Fans
Scotland rugby supporters have an ideal escape route for the winter blues with an innovative opportunity to catch all the action of a Magners League match.Buying a ticket for November’s Bank of Scotland Autumn Tests means they will have a chance to watch Magners League action, including the longest-running representative derby in the world for FREE.So, no umpteenth re-run of The Sound of Music on TV; instead they can find their dreams by catching the nucleus of the international team in action in the colours of Edinburgh and Glasgow.Last season crowds for Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors showed healthy growth, corresponding with some tremendous displays against some of the best teams in Europe, said Scottish Rugby’s Chief Executive, Gordon McKie.Were keen to encourage supporters who come to Murrayfield to watch the national team to increase their rugby diet and what better way to start than by seeing many of those self-same players in the colours of Edinburgh and Glasgow in a local derby that is based on an intense rivalry stretching back some 136 years.Fans who buy tickets for any of Scotland’s three Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Tests – against New Zealand on Saturday 8 November; South Africa on Saturday 15 November; and Canada on Saturday 22 November – will be able to get a free ticket for a Magners League match. The offer includes the Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors match at Murrayfield on Boxing Day (see the notes to editors for further details).The same match last season produced a veritable try-feast with Edinburgh winning 35-31 in the final minute of a pulsating game.Glasgow, however, took the overall honours, and the silverware, the 1872 Cup, by posting a 23-14 success at Firhill later in the season.Between the two squads this season there are 28 Scotland internationalists, ready to represent Scotland’s corner in the Magners League and Heineken Cup.Glasgow captain Alastair Kellock said: ‘the atmosphere at our derbies against Edinburgh last season was fabulous, both home and away, and it would be brilliant if we could better that. This offer will hopefully inspire many Scotland supporters to come and cheer on the Warriors to make a winning start to our defence of the 1872 Cup.Gordon McKie added: ‘this offer demonstrates Scottish Rugby’s determination to encourage supporters to attend pro-team games as well as international fixtures. In addition we are working hard to encourage more people to become involved with their local rugby club whether as players, supporters or volunteers.It’s also part of our drive to heighten the profile of our players, which we will be doing when we launch our ‘We are Scotland marketing campaign, and provide greater value for our supporters alongside the erection of the biggest permanent TV screens at a sports ground in Scotland, which we expect to be up and running at Murrayfield in time for the Autumn Tests.Tickets for the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Tests are on sale now. They cost _20, _30 and _50 for adults and _10, _15 and _25 for under-18s for the Murrayfield matches against currently the world’s best team, New Zealand, and the reigning world champions, South Africa. The concession price is also available for full-time students for the SA match.Tickets for the match against Canada, which will be played at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, are also on sale now at _15, _20 and _30 for adults and _7.50, _10 and _15 for under-18s.You can buy tickets online at www.scottishrugby.org; via the credit card hotline, telephone 0131 346 5100; or in person at the Scottish Rugby Ticket Centre, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh EH12 5PJ. Opening hours for the hotline and ticket centre are 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Please note a booking fee applies to all transactions.Application and full terms at www.scottishrugby.org. Open to UK residents when they buy a ticket for the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Tests. Submit application online by 29 November 2008 for one free 08/09 Magners League ticket. No preferences for specific matches accepted. First 60,000 seats allocated to the Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors match on Friday 26 December 2008. Apply from 13 October 2008. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult. The promoter is Scottish Rugby Union plc, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ.Edinburgh first played Glasgow in 1872, making the match the longest-running representative derby outwith the international arena in the world of rugby. The 1872 Cup was inaugurated last season to reflect that landmark.The 1872 Cup will be contested this season with the Boxing Day fixture at Murrayfield followed by the reverse match at Firhill, Glasgow on Friday 2 January.Click here for more details of the matches and ticket prices for Glasgow Warriors.