Fervour from the 2015 Rugby World Cup may be cooling but, Scotland has a fantastic and proud rugby heritage and international rugby weekends truly bring Edinburgh to life. As well as this one of Scotland’s two rugby union teams it based in the city, giving it an even more thriving and passionate rugby community. Edinburgh is proud of its rugby teams, both international and local, and the city invites in many fans every single year to see what they’re made of.
Getting to Murrayfield Stadium from the Royal Scots Club is easy. It takes 15 minutes on the tram, virtually door to door. As for buses, you can get the 22 or the 30 or a few others nearby.
Edinburgh Rugby (see fixtures)
Edinburgh Rugby play in the GuinnessPro12 and play their home games at Murrayfield Stadium. They also compete in the Heineken Cup and have many accolades to their name including becoming the first Scottish team to make it to the quarter finals of the Heineken Cup in 2003/4 and becoming the first Scottish club to reach a major European final in 2014/15 when they played Gloucester Rugby in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Scotland national team (see fixtures)
The Scottish International Rugby team play most of their international home matches at Murrayfield Stadium, which sits a few miles west of the centre of Edinburgh. It is a special place for all fans of the Scottish game and can be enjoyed both on and off season with tours and hospitality facilities there.
Scotland are the ninth ranked team in the world (at time of writing) and they have been playing since 1871, beating England in what is considered the first international rugby match. Scotland last won the Six Nations (actually the final Five Nations) in 1999, but have reason to feel more confident after a positive 2015 World Cup. Scotland’s 2016 home fixtures will be against England (6th Feb) and Wales (12th Mar).
The Rugby World Cup was launched in 1987 and Scotland have taken part every tournament since it started. Once again they have yet to win and they saw their best finish in 1991 where they came fourth, losing to the All Blacks to in the third-place play off.
The rivalry between the Scottish and English rugby teams is one of the strongest in the sport, as international rugby was launched with a game between the two and it makes for plenty of passion and a vibrant atmosphere across Edinburgh whenever the two teams meet.
Scotland has four players who have been inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame, Gordon Brown (not the former PM of the same name!) who was inducted in 2001, Gavin Hastings who captained the British Lions, who was inducted in 2003, Andy Irvine, captain of Scotland and the British Lions, induced in 1999 and Ian McGeechan inducted in 2005.
Chris Paterson holds the record for most Scotland caps and points with 109 and 809 respectively, whilst Greig Laidlaw was named in the team of the tournament at the 2015 World Cup.