Professional Teams Vie For New Trophy

Scotland's two professional rugby teams, Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Rugby, will compete for a new trophy, the Virgin Trains Cup, in their two Welsh/Scottish League matches this season. The ?10,000 sponsorship deal was announced today at Glasgow Central Station.The new trophy will be presented to the team who comes out on top after their_two league matches. The first will be at Hughenden, Glasgow, on Boxing Day, and the return game will be played at Myreside, Edinburgh, on Friday 22 February. If each team wins one game then the result will be based on points differential.The one-year deal provides a specially commissioned trophy, a sponsorship fee for the teams, man-of-the-match awards, and half-time prizes. Fans will benefit from sponsored Stagecoach buses to take them from Edinburgh to Glasgow on Boxing Day and then again in February for Glasgow's visit to Edinburgh.Both squads will also have the advantage of first-class travel on Virgin Trains throughout the remainder of the season (subject to availability).Charlene Sloan, Virgin Trains" Business Manager, Scotland, said: "We are very happy to support the rugby fraternity by sponsoring the Virgin Trains Cup. It will help raise the company's profile in Scotland in preparation for the introduction of improved services, with new trains coming in on our routes from Scotland's four biggest cities to more than 100 destinations South of the Border."Graham Clarke, Glasgow Rugby's marketing manager, said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming Edinburgh Rugby to Hughenden on Boxing Day. I am excited about the derby being a big game in itself but also evolving quickly into a great rivalry. I think all the local Glasgow supporters that come along on Boxing Day will be very impressed by the quality of play from both teams and the international stars the teams possess. I am sure they will be as vocal as ever."Alasdair Russell, marketing manager of Edinburgh Rugby, said: "We are delighted with the creation of the Virgin Trains Cup. While there is currently massive commitment by both Scottish teams to the Welsh/Scottish League, the opportunity for the teams to play for this trophy is likely to add spice for the players and, as importantly, the fans of both teams. We are hoping to take a large travelling support to Glasgow on Boxing Day."Scotland's two professional rugby teams, Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Rugby, will compete for a new trophy, the Virgin Trains Cup, in their two Welsh/Scottish League matches this season. The ?10,000 sponsorship deal was announced today at Glasgow Central Station.The new trophy will be presented to the team who comes out on top after their_two league matches. The first will be at Hughenden, Glasgow, on Boxing Day, and the return game will be played at Myreside, Edinburgh, on Friday 22 February. If each team wins one game then the result will be based on points differential.The one-year deal provides a specially commissioned trophy, a sponsorship fee for the teams, man-of-the-match awards, and half-time prizes. Fans will benefit from sponsored Stagecoach buses to take them from Edinburgh to Glasgow on Boxing Day and then again in February for Glasgow's visit to Edinburgh.Both squads will also have the advantage of first-class travel on Virgin Trains throughout the remainder of the season (subject to availability).Charlene Sloan, Virgin Trains" Business Manager, Scotland, said: "We are very happy to support the rugby fraternity by sponsoring the Virgin Trains Cup. It will help raise the company's profile in Scotland in preparation for the introduction of improved services, with new trains coming in on our routes from Scotland's four biggest cities to more than 100 destinations South of the Border."Graham Clarke, Glasgow Rugby's marketing manager, said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming Edinburgh Rugby to Hughenden on Boxing Day. I am excited about the derby being a big game in itself but also evolving quickly into a great rivalry. I think all the local Glasgow supporters that come along on Boxing Day will be very impressed by the quality of play from both teams and the international stars the teams possess. I am sure they will be as vocal as ever."Alasdair Russell, marketing manager of Edinburgh Rugby, said: "We are delighted with the creation of the Virgin Trains Cup. While there is currently massive commitment by both Scottish teams to the Welsh/Scottish League, the opportunity for the teams to play for this trophy is likely to add spice for the players and, as importantly, the fans of both teams. We are hoping to take a large travelling support to Glasgow on Boxing Day."