Murrayfield will host one Brewin Dolphin under-18 Scottish Schools Cup semi-final on Saturday week (9 November).
The match on the back pitches, between Geroge Heriot’s School and High School of Dundee will act as a 12 noon curtain raiser to the main event at the national stadium that day, the first viagogo Autumn Test match v Japan (kick-off 2.30pm).
Today’s announcement will increase the profile of the Brewin Dolphin Schools Competitions and enhance match day entertainment at Murrayfield.
Scottish Rugby’s head of clubs and schools, Nick Rennie, said: “We’re delighted to host the Brewin Dolphin under-18 Cup semi-final at Murrayfield on the back pitches on an international match day.
“We’re hoping both teams will bring with them big support to enjoy entertainment on the day.”
The competing teams have welcomed the news.
George Heriot’s School coach, Ewan Harrison, said: “To play in the curtain raiser to an international match at Murrayfield is a real honour for our boys and something the whole school is looking forward to.
“We’re planning to bring tremendous support with us to the match. The Brewin Dolphin Cup is a fantastic competition and it’s something we have put in our calendar as a great opportunity for our players.
“We haven’t played Dundee yet this season, but we are aware we’re going into this game as underdogs. However, the entire squad have worked hard so far and they have taken their performances to the next level.
“We will have to play to our absolute potential to beat Dundee and reach the final. Everyone is raring to go.”
High School of Dundee captain, Chris Jollands, said: “The team is buzzing! We’re so excited about the opportunity we’ve been given.
“Playing at Murrayfield will allow the boys to see where we could be at the end of the month if we win. We’ve reached the semis for the last three years, so we’re hoping to make the final this year.
“The Brewin Dolphin Cup is really competitive and everyone’s upping their game for it. We’re hoping a lot of former pupils will be coming to watch.”
Both under-18 semi-finals were due to be played at Murrayfield, however Strathallan School have a centenary concert that day. They will now travel to play George Watson’s College at a neutral venue, on a date yet to be agreed.
In the under-16 competition George Watson’s College and Edinburgh Academy meet for a capital derby, while St Aloysius College welcome Strathallan to Glasgow for their semi-final. The dates and times for these matches are to be confirmed.
Nick Rennie, added: “It’s great to see a selection of teams from across Scotland reaching this stage in the Cup competition.
“A few of these teams haven’t progressed this far in recent years, so it’s good to see them competing well. Scottish Rugby wishes all eight teams the best as they strive for places in the under-18 and under-16 final.”
Supporters wishing to attend the semi-final only will not need a match ticket to get access to the back pitches. Pedestrian access is either via the bridge off Baird Drive or the walkway off Roseburn Street (the East-West link road). Stewards can help with directions.
Discounted tickets for the Japan match are available for groups. Booking information can be found on www.scottishrugby.org/clubtickets. Tickets are from £5 per under-18 with the first two adults going free for groups over ten. Standard priced tickets are available on match day.