Rugby rivalry in London
One of rugby’s oldest rivalries will be renewed in a highlight of the University sporting calendar.
Two of the founding members of the Scottish Rugby Union, the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, will play each other in London on St Andrew’s Day, November 30.
The Scottish Varsity Match dates back over 150 years and predates the Oxford vs Cambridge Varsity match played at Twickenham every year.
All alumni, supporters, friends and family are welcome to attend the game, which will take place at the Richmond Athletic Ground of London Scottish rugby club.
Numerous rugby celebrities are expected to be in attendance, backing their respective University camps, while entertainment this year will include a live Scottish Band, as well as a late licence bar for revellers to celebrate St Andrew’s Day with the teams after the game.
Edinburgh University RFC vs St Andrews RFC
Gates open at 6pm, post-match entertainment until 2am. Those wishing to attend can purchase tickets from London Scottish (at £10 each) online, or turn up on the night and pay.
Friday 30 November 2012, 7.30pm
Friday 30 November 2012, 8.00pm
Richmond Athletic Ground, Kew Foot Road, Richmond, TW9 2SS
The fixture is played south of the border to showcase the strength of Scottish University rugby and to attract support from alumni living in south-east England.
In 2011 - the first time the fixture was hosted in England - Edinburgh produced a scintillating performance to win 39-0.
Former Scotland international Andy Irvine presented the Edinburgh team with a specially commissioned trophy to commemorate their victory.
We’re all hugely excited. It’s the highlight of the year for the club as it’s a chance to play before a big crowd in a professional environment. Of course, we’re wary of taking St Andrews lightly, but we’re quietly confident that we can win as long as we play well.
The University of Edinburgh also has a long tradition of producing strong rugby teams, as well as players who represent their national sides.
This season, the team is playing in the British Universities Premier B League, regularly competing against the best university sides in the UK.
Earlier in 2012, the team also took part in the fourth Casablanca International University Rugby Sevens Tournament, edging a close final against a South African team.
Distinguished rugby players from Edinburgh include former British Lions David Bedell-Sivright, Angus Black, Dan Drysdale and C.G. Timms.
Eric Liddell, featured in the film Chariots of Fire, also captained Edinburgh prior to winning 400 metres gold at the 1924 Olympics, while Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also turned out for the team before finding literary fame.