Former Scotland back-row forward and British Lion and University of Edinburgh Law Graduate Simon Taylor has joined the coaching team at Edinburgh University Rugby Club.
The 66-times-capped Scotland legend will now play a key role in preparation for the new season ahead and for the upcoming Royal Bank of Scotland Varsity Match versus the University of St Andrews.
“I’m delighted to be working with the team here at Edinburgh. There’s always been a friendly rivalry between Edinburgh and St Andrews and I’m looking forward to being part of that.”
Steeped in Ancient Rivalry the Scottish Varsity match is one of the oldest in the world with the 1st Fixture taking place over 150 years ago. In 2015 the match returned to Scotland and has been played on the international pitch at BT Murrayfield since. The matches, which attracted over 10,000 enthusiastic spectators in 2015 and 2016 will be played on Saturday 23 September.With St Andrews claiming victory in the Mens game for the past 4 years, Edinburgh are keen to come out on top this year.
The whole team are looking forward to the match, preseason is going well and having Simon on board will be invaluable, not only for the Varsity match but for the season ahead.
The Varsity Matches will also see the University of Edinburgh Ladies team, fresh from their stunning 48-5 victory over Northumbria University in the British Universities and College Final, take on their counterparts from St Andrews. The Edinburgh Ladies team are unbeaten so far in the fixture but Edinburgh’s Head of Performance Rugby (Ladies), Claire Cruikshank is not taking anything for granted.
It’s a new year so the success of the past are just that, in the past. There’s always a fantastic atmosphere at the match and I know the whole team are gearing up for what will great spectacle of student rugby
Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Match Tickets cost £5 for students and under-18s and £10 for adults. They can be bought online at www.scottishvarsitymatch.com