Edinburgh University Rugby Football Club (EURFC) 1st XV Development Squad departs for an 18 day tour of Japan this Sunday (1 June). As part of a joint venture organised by the EURFC committee and their Sponsors, Rhino Rugby, the side will play five matches against some of the top university sides in Japan.
The Edinburgh side that play in National Division One are no strangers to tough physical rugby but the expansive, fast-paced rugby of the Orient will present a different challenge.
Their first opponents are Osaka PE University on the 4 June and they have rung in the crowds to welcome their Scottish counterparts.
The tour also includes matches against Tenri University (7 June), Kyoto University (10 June), Wasada/NDA University (14 June) and Tokyo University (17 June).
Even with a squad of 28 players the hectic match schedule presents a difficult task for the touring party.
The squad are hoping to build on some of their better performances of the season, which saw them beat Birmingham away in the BUSA Championships, and allow them to gain a strong platform for next season.
Match reports will be available on both the Scottish Rugby Website and www.edinburghuniversityrfc.co.uk, keeping supporters and relatives up to date on the side's progress in the land of the rising sun.
EURFC Tour Squad: Matt Bennett, Will Butler 1st XV VICE CAPTAIN, Tom Clark, Jamie Clegg, Chris Corry, Findlay Danaher, Tom Day, Jamie Doubleday 1st XV CAPTAIN, John Geddie, Luke Hall-Newman, Adam Howie, Michael Johnson, Jake Kenny, Stephen Knox, Michael MacDonald, Colin McCabe, Ian McGhee, Phil McKenzie, Gareth McGonigle, James Pang, Pete Service, James Shepherd, Liam Steele, Jerry Tsang, Kyle Vivian CLUB CAPTAIN, Andrew Weir, Henry White, Rick Wright.
Wed Jun 04 Osaka PE University RFC v Edinburgh University RFC
Sat Jun 07 Tenri University RFC v Edinburgh University RFC
Tue Jun 10 Kyoto University RFC v Edinburgh University RFC
Sat Jun 14 Waseda/NDA RFC v Edinburgh University RFC
Tue Jun 17 Tokyo University RFC v Edinburgh University RFC