Derby fixtures switched as 1872 Cup format continues

Derby fixtures switched as 1872 Cup format continues

Glasgow Warriors will be the designated home side for the first professional rugby match in Scotland for almost six months, following a decision to switch the order of the upcoming 1872 Cup double-header at BT Murrayfield.

Danny Wilson’s men will resume their Guinness PRO14 campaign on Saturday 22 August (kick-off 5.15pm), as they take on Edinburgh in round 14 of the competition.

The move comes as Scottish Rugby continue to hold discussions with the Scottish Government on the prospect of a potential pilot event on Friday 28 August, which could see BT Murrayfield host a very limited socially distanced crowd for Edinburgh’s home tie.

A decision on the proposed pilot event will be made in due course as Scottish Rugby continue to work and hold positive discussions with Scottish Government.

The two sides split the previous two meetings in 2019/20, leaving the 1872 Cup finely poised heading into the decider.

Tries from Ali Price and George Turner earned Glasgow Warriors a 20-16 victory at Scotstoun in the opening leg, before the capital outfit evened the series with a 29-19 win at BT Murrayfield.

Next weekend’s match will be the first for the club under Danny Wilson’s reign as Head Coach, joining fellow new additions Jonny Bell and Kelly Brown in the coaching box.

Summer arrivals Richie Gray, Enrique Pieretto, Rufus McLean and Hamish Bain will also be in contention for a place in the matchday 23, as the Warriors look to regain the trophy.

With both clubs in agreement, the 1872 Cup will still be determined over three legs. With the series tied 1-1, next Saturday’s derby will remain the decider, with the fourth and final match continuing as a regular Guinness PRO14 fixture.

Revised Guinness PRO14 fixtures

Saturday 22 August: Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh Rugby (kick-off 5.15pm)

Friday 28 August: Edinburgh Rugby v Glasgow Warriors (kick-off 7.35pm)

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