Rugby fans invited to 'Silver Saturday' as 1872 Cup joins domestic BT Finals

Rugby fans are being invited to a day of finals this April as the 1872 Cup decider between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby joins the finals of the domestic cup competitions at BT Murrayfield.

Dubbed ‘Silver Saturday’ a total of seven trophies will be contested on Saturday 28 April, with the aim to showcase the best rugby in Scotland for existing and new fans alike and bring the community of rugby together for a special day of finals.

The most prestigious trophies in Scottish Club rugby, the Men’s and Women’s BT Cup Finals will be contested as normal in the afternoon of Cup Finals Day and fans can then stay to see the final Guinness PRO14 match of the season and 1872 Cup decider between Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors.

Fans will able to purchase a single ticket to see every game at BT Murrayfield on ‘Silver Saturday’ and clubs who reach their respective finals will continue to retain a proportion of the ticket sales to their matches as in previous years.

Further ticketing options will be announced in due course.

On the day the Women’s BT Bowl and BT Shield Finals will be contested, along with the Men’s BT Bowl and the Men’s BT Shield.

The Sarah Beaney Cup, contested by the finalists in the Women’s Cup competition will feature alongside the Men’s BT Cup Final, ahead of the 1872 decider which kicks off at 7.30pm (TBC).

A fan village in BT Murrayfield’s West Car Park will be open throughout the day with bars, music and family entertainment on a scale comparable to Scotland international matches, with added activities such as Tartan Touch.

Scottish Rugby President Rob Flockhart said: “This is great news for the whole rugby community in Scotland.

"For clubs who reach their respective finals at BT Murrayfield it is a very special day and for many a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“Scottish Rugby has a great track record of putting on big events and the inclusion of the 1872 Cup decider between Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors adds an exciting new dimension to an already full day of must-win rugby.”

Director of Domestic Rugby, Sheila Begbie said: “The opportunity to combine the pinnacle of the Scotland’s club cup competitions with the conclusion of the Guinness PRO14 provides a fantastic day of rugby for fans to enjoy.

“The ambition is to attract fans of both the professional and club game to the day to showcase each other’s teams and create a celebration of the best of Scottish rugby.

“It promises to be an action-packed day and one for everyone to put in their diary.”

Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director, Jonny Petrie said: “After two hard-fought 1872 Cup matches in December it's exciting there is a deciding match to end the regular season.

"It's an Edinburgh home match so we're looking forward to welcoming both fans and members of the competing club finalists as well as the ‘Warrior Nation’ to BT Murrayfield for a great day of rugby.”

Scotland and Glasgow Warriors prop Jamie Bhatti scored for the winning side in last year’s final as Melrose defeated Ayr 23-18 at BT Murrayfield, some five months before making his Scotland debut against Samoa at the same venue.

He said: “The BT Cup final was a close game throughout and Melrose won it with a last-minute try. Every cup final is a massive battle and luckily on the day we edged it. It was a good win for the club.

“The finals day is massive for everyone who plays in it and the clubs they're involved with, whose members and supporters turn out in their numbers to cheer on their local team. It gives players the opportunity to play at the national stadium, which makes for a brilliant day out.

“It’ll be a huge day for Scottish rugby to have the climax of the club game and the pro game come together at the same stadium on the same day. I’d definitely go if I wasn’t involved as a player!”