Scotland captain Kelly Brown this afternoon welcomed the announcement of the fixtures for the 2014 and 2015 RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Next year Scotland will open with an away fixture against Ireland on Sunday 2 February, followed by their first home fixture, the Calcutta Cup, at Murrayfield six days later. Scotland then travel to Rome on Saturday 22 February; host France at Murrayfield on Saturday 8 March; and conclude the 2014 competition away to Wales on Saturday 15 March.
In 2015, Scotland open with a trip to Paris to face France on Saturday 7 February. Their opening home game is against Wales on Sunday 15 February. On Saturday 28 February they welcome Italy to Murrayfield, rounding off the campaign with matches against England at Twickenham on Saturday 14 March; and Ireland on home soil on Saturday 21 March.
Brown said: “I’m pleased that the 6 Nations Council have been able to confirm the dates for the next two seasons today because that will help our supporters plan ahead and as a player anything that makes it easier for the supporter is something that I applaud.
“Looking at the fixtures in their entirety every country has one Sunday match in each year. For us, both our home games next year will kick-off at 5pm on the Saturday.
“We’ll need to maximise our recovery time after our opening game in the 2014 Championship with a tight six day turnaround but every country will face that scenario at some point over the two years, so that seems fair enough to me.”
The full 2014 and 2015 RBS 6 Nations Championship fixtures can be found on www.rbs6nations.com
Sunday 2 February v Ireland, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, kick-off 3pm
Saturday 8 February v England, Murrayfield, kick-off 5pm
Saturday 22 February v Italy, Stadio Olimpio, Rome, kick-off 1.30pm GMT (2.30pm local)
Saturday 8 March v France, Murrayfield, kick-off 5pm
Saturday 15 March v Wales, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, kick-off 2.45pm
Saturday 7 February v France, Stade de France, Paris, kick-off 5pm GMT (6pm local)
Sunday 15 February v Wales, Murrayfield, kick-off 3pm
Saturday 28 February v Italy, Murrayfield, kick-off 2.30pm
Saturday 14 March v England, Twickenham, London, kick-off 5pm
Saturday 21 March v Ireland, Murrayfield, kick-off 2.30pm
Meanwhile, after a record cumulative Murrayfield international attendance this season, the dates and opponents for Scotland’s 2014 Autumn Tests in November are scheduled to be announced next week together with details of special ticket packages.