Big Match Preview - Ulster 28.09.07

Edinburgh Rugby Club finally gets back to business at home with their first home game of the season against Ulster at 1930 on this Friday._ After an opening game defeat in Dublin to Leinster, the team will be looking to open up their home campaign with a win over a strong Ulster side._ 2006/07 season saw Edinburgh squeeze home with a 5 point win, and the side will be keen for a similar result._

Simon Cross, team captain said - "Ulster are one of the top sides in the competition and we had 2 very close matches with them last year._ My guess is that it will be a tough game but we have trained long and hard over the summer and we are confident going into the game._ We were not happy with the result last Saturday, but we had some good moments in the game - we just need to build on these."

The game sees the first time Edinburgh have played at Murrayfield since a defeat to Munster in May earlier this year._ Since that time, a number of changes have impacted on the Club._ New CEO, Nic Cartwright is confident that recent changes will benefit supporters who come down to watch the game " "We want to make Murrayfield a great pace to come and watch Club rugby, a great place to come and have a night out._ We have listened over the last few months, and have taken number of steps to improve the match day experience."
Included in the steps taken by the Club are the set up a customer service point (located in the main reception of the stadium, between Presidents Suite and Thistle Suite), which will be able to address supporter's queries; improvements to the Bar service, including the implementation of a pre pay service whereby supporters will be able to pre order their drinks for half time and full time, and the introduction of bottle bars to ease queuing congestion._ The Club has also beefed up the player interaction on match day with Match day announcer Ian Turner now having access to the entire team post match " including an interview with the coach, captain and man of the match._

And further good news is that a range of Kooga Club merchandise will be available for sale from the Club shop located in the South end of the Stadium concourse._ Nic added " "Kooga have done us proud to produce the merchandise on such short notice._ The redesign of the Club's logo has meant that we are not where we want to be with our merchandise range " and the replica jerseys will not be available at the first 3 games, but we will have a good number of leisure items for sale immediately._ Having met with Greaves sports our new merchandise sales partners, the Club will improve its range throughout the season, and we will be able to offer a good range of kids and women's clothing on top of all the usual items._ I thank our supporters for understanding that it will take a bit of time to get up to speed, but I can assure you that it I realize it is very important we do this as soon as we can."
Match day entertainment has also been reviewed, and this Friday sees a number of initiatives " new and old. The Police (full names required) force will be playing a warm up game against the Army from 1815 " if you can get down early to show your support, please do so"._Wester_Hailes school_will be performing a community dance pre match and throughout the game, pupils from George Watson's school will be showing off their mini rugby skills at half time, and the Club's own drummer and piper will make their first appearance as the team run out._

Supporters arriving at the ground will also notice some new signage._ Nic added " "Any club needs to feel at home in its stadium._ I felt that it was important that our stadium did just this " and as such we have produced some branding to make the Murrayfield stadium feel more like Edinburgh's home._ We have christened the stadium "Our Castle", and the players will be defending the castle each time they run on to the pitch._ We are confident that supporters will enjoy their trips down to watch the battle!!"
Kick off this Friday is at 1930, tickets are available on 0131 346 5180