Glasgow Warriors to kick-off 2022/23 season in Inverness

Glasgow Warriors to kick-off 2022/23 season in Inverness

Glasgow Warriors will begin their 2022/23 season campaign in Inverness with the club hosting Worcester Warriors at the Caledonian Stadium on Friday 2 September, kick-off 7.30pm, in their first of two pre-season friendlies.

It will be the first time Glasgow Warriors have hosted a professional fixture at the venue, home of Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, since Caledonian Reds played Edinburgh there back in 2000. It will also be the first time that the club has taken a home game on the road since 2018, when the Warriors faced Harlequins in Perth.

The fixture will be part of Highland Rugby Club’s centenary year celebrations and gives the club and players a chance to connect with the rugby community and the Warrior Nation in the north of Scotland.

Glasgow and Worcester most recently met at Sixways Stadium last September, where two tries from Rufus McLean saw the team record a 27-22 away-win.

The following weekend, the club will return to Scotstoun Stadium to face United Rugby Championship opponents Ulster in this year’s The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge, which will take place on Friday 9 September, kick-off 7.30pm.

Ulster’s last pre-season visit to Scotstoun in 2019 was a high scoring affair, with Glasgow edging the win 36-33 courtesy of a last-minute try from Adam Nicol.

Glasgow Warriors Managing Director, Al Kellock, said: “We’re delighted to be taking our first pre-season fixture of the 2022/23 season to Inverness.

"We have a passionate group of fans in the North of Scotland who we’re looking forward to putting on this game for. We will be up earlier in the week and as well as preparing for the game will work closely with Highland RFC to deliver sessions to the local rugby community.

“We also look forward to using this week to connect with our commercial partners who have a presence in the north of Scotland. A huge part of our partnerships are driven through engagement with staff and customers, therefore, this is a great opportunity to further strengthen this area.

“In terms of our competition in these two pre-season fixtures, Worcester Warriors and Ulster are quality sides for us to test ourselves against ahead of the new season. These matches will be the first games for our new head coach, once they are appointed, to make their mark, and for our fans it will be a first chance to see our new signings in action.”

Inverness Caledonian Thistle CEO, Scot Gardiner, said: “Everyone at Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club is proud to be playing a part in celebrating the centenary of Highland Rugby and to support the innovative thinking of Glasgow Warriors in taking a home game, indeed a professional fixture on the road, to Inverness.

“The partnership with Glasgow Warriors and Highland Rugby is a creative venture and fits perfectly into our ongoing plans to help bolster our business and widen the exposure and presence in the community of ICTFC.

“We look forward to giving a real Highland welcome to rugby fans from all over the country, but especially those from Glasgow and Worcester.”

Highland Rugby Club President, Graham Findlater, said: “Highland RFC is delighted to welcome both Glasgow Warriors and Worcester Warriors to Inverness, as we celebrate our club centenary. Thank you to Inverness Caledonian Thistle for making the stadium available for the match and to everyone involved in the considerable planning for the game.

“I encourage all rugby supporters in the local area and further afield, to buy tickets for the game and come to Inverness to watch what is sure to be a great game of rugby.”

Please note that the on-sale date for these matches will be communicated in due course. Season Ticket and Warrior Nation Members will receive access to an exclusive pre-sale window for the match against Worcester Warriors in Inverness. Please note that this match is not included in Season Ticket Memberships.

The temporary East and West stands at Scotstoun Stadium will not be in situ for the match against Ulster.

Season Ticket holders in the Main and North Stands have the match against Ulster included in their Season Ticket packages. Those with Season Tickets in the East and West Stands will be able to access tickets through a pre-sale window.

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