Head coach Andy Robinson today expressed his delight that the national rugby team will be returning to Aberdeen this November to play their third international there in four years as they seek to enhance their 100% winning record at Pittodrie.
He said: “On the back of our successful summer tour where we posted wins against Australia, Fiji and Samoa, there’s a real buzz about our EMC Tests."
And with some special ticket offers for groups of young people – eight under-18s in a group with two adults can watch any of Scotland’s EMC Tests for just £40 – Robinson believes a full-house will be attracted to Pittodrie for the visit of the South Sea islanders, Tonga.
Andy said: “In the wake, too, of the Olympics and Paralympics where supporters got behind individual athletes – and not just in team GB – it’s a great opportunity to get to Murrayfield and Pittodrie and see international sport up close and in the flesh and savour the quite special atmosphere that these games generate.
We’ve already sold more than 33,000 tickets for the visit of the All Blacks to Murrayfield on 11 November and that’s before clubs and schools have come in with their ticket requests.
“From the current world champions, we then welcome back South Africa, the previous winners of the World Cup, to Murrayfield on 17 November.
“Then Tonga follow Canada and Samoa to Aberdeen for our final EMC Test on 24 November.
“We are always given a warm welcome in Aberdeen. Scotland supporters in the north-east are among the most passionate in the country in their backing of the team.”
Robinson stressed that this year’s EMC Tests are of vital importance ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup draw which will take place in early December.
“These games matter. They are Test matches where we pit ourselves against some of the best players in the world and it’s always been part of my psyche whether as a player or a coach to test yourself against the best and strive to win.
“They also matter because we want to continue our improvement in the IRB world rankings (Scotland are currently ninth) as that will affect the draw for the Rugby World Cup.”
In addition to the group offer for under-18s, tickets are on sale for the Pittodrie match now at £15, £25 and £40 for adults, with tickets for under-18s and students available from £7.50, £12.50 and £20.
There is also an EMC pass available for the Murrayfield Tests against New Zealand and South Africa, available at £35 for an adult which admits you to both games.
Buy your tickets at www.scottishrugby.org, call the 24 hour credit card hotline 0844 335 3933, or visit the Scottish Rugby Ticket Centre at Murrayfield.
Scottish Rugby’s Director of Rugby Operations, Colin Thomson, also announced today that once again the Scotland squad would be out and about in the local community during their visit to Aberdeen in November.
Both in 2008 and in 2010, the squad visited local schools and clubs and the knock-on effect in terms of inspiring youngsters to get involved in rugby was tangible.
“We’ll work closely with rugby clubs and with the local authorities in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to ensure that the Scotland squad will be accessible when they are here in November.”