Edinburgh Line Up Summer Friendlies

ImageAndy Robinson admits he is delighted with the fact Edinburgh have confirmed pre-season friendly matches against Ian McGeechan's London Wasps (Murrayfield, Saturday 23 August) and his former club Bath (Recreation Ground, Bath, Friday 29 August) this summer.
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Despite clinching fourth place in the Magners League " Edinburgh's best ever finish in the competition " Robinson is targeting even greater improvements from his squad next season and believes the club's preparation work will stand them in good stead.
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Robinson said: "We want to start with a bang next season, so playing against two great sides like Wasps and Bath will enable us to test exactly how our pre-season preparation work is going."
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Wasps Director of Rugby, McGeechan has today (14 May) been named head coach of the British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa next summer and Robinson believes the Scotland great was the right choice for the job.
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He added: "He is part of the Lions history and he is a very good coach; he is the obvious choice for the trip."I have worked with him on Lions tours, both as a player and as a coach."
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With Wasps set to face Bath in a Guinness Premiership play-off showdown on Sunday (18 May), Robinson believes both games will be tough challenges for his team before the start of the Magners League season.
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He said: "We wanted to have a home game and I think it is a really good fixture for us; playing against the former European champions and also a team that has played outstandingly well this year."
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Despite his 14-year association with Bath as player, captain and coach, Robinson says it will not be a strange experience heading into the visitors changing room at the Rec for the first time ever in August.
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He said: "It will be good fun to go back. It is a warm-up match and I"m looking forward to seeing the guys putting in a good performance against them."
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McGeechan, who won 32 caps for Scotland, revealed he was looking forward to his return trip to Murrayfield.
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McGeechan said: "We are delighted to be able to confirm we will be playing Edinburgh as part of our pre-season schedule for next season.
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"My old friend Andy Robinson has done an outstanding job with the Edinburgh team, making them very competitive again. It's important to have some good challenging games as part of pre-season preparations and I have no doubt Edinburgh will provide us with that, so I'm looking forward to catching up with Andy and everyone at Edinburgh Rugby in August."
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Meanwhile, Edinburgh club captain Simon Cross revealed he is eagerly awaiting the fixture because it will enable him to reunite with some old friends.
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The back rower captained Wasps Under-21 team and made a handful of first team appearances before moving to Edinburgh in 2003.
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And the 27-year-old says he cannot wait to meet up with fellow Wasps Academy graduates, Joe Worsley, John Hart and George Skivington.
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He said: "I was at Wasps for four years and I owe them a lot; they helped me to become the player I am.
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'there is a great bunch of people there and I"m indebted to them. I had a lot of friends there and got on really well with guys who were in my age group like John Hart and George Skivington.
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"It will be great to catch up with them all at the match and it should be a great curtain raiser to another memorable season for Edinburgh."
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Chief executive Nic Cartwright says he is also excited about the home friendly fixture and that it will enable Edinburgh to generate momentum off the pitch before the big kick off.
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Cartwright said: "With the Fringe Festival in full swing at that point in the summer, there will be a genuine buzz around the city and hopefully the match against Wasps will capture everybody's imagination.
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"From what I have seen so far, Edinburgh is city that is perfect for staging high-profile events and this is another event on the sporting calendar."
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Ticket details for the match and kick off times will be confirmed on www.edinburghrugby.org.