Edinburgh announce pre-season fixtures

Edinburgh Rugby will face Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons in pre-season as preparations intensify ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

Both games will be hosted by Edinburgh, giving the black and red army a chance to see Richard Cockerill’s new team, and the club’s summer signings, first-hand before the start of league duties.

Cockerill’s first game in charge will be played at Meggetland, home of Boroughmuir, where Edinburgh will host Sale Sharks on Friday 18 August (kick-off 7.35pm), reciprocating last year’s friendly at Heywood Road, Manchester.

The squad will then head south to the Borders, where they will face Newcastle Falcons at The Greenyards, home of Melrose, on Friday 25 August (kick-off 6pm), in a repeat of last year’s pre-season fixture at BT Murrayfield.

Edinburgh Head Coach, Richard Cockerill, said: “We’re looking forward to hosting two quality sides as part of our pre-season preparations. Both Sale and Newcastle will offer the physical test we need ahead of our first competitive fixture.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the players perform in a live match environment and to see who puts their hand up for selection ahead of the new season.”

Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director, Jonny Petrie, said: “We’re excited to reciprocate last season’s pre-season schedule with fixtures against two highly-rated sides.

“We’ve put a lot of work into building a competitive squad for the forthcoming season, and, of course, we also have a new coaching set-up in place. We’re continuing to make improvements at Myreside, too, having undergone renovation of the playing surface. We’re grateful to Boroughmuir and Melrose, who will host the summer friendlies as the pitch continues to mature ahead of the season. 

“There’s a good buzz around the club ahead of the new term and I’m looking forward to welcoming our supporters along to see the team in action.”

Tickets for both games go on sale this Friday (28 July) and are available online at £10.50 for adults and £5.25 for under 18s (including transaction fees). Edinburgh Rugby Season Ticket Members will be able to enjoy the pre-season fixtures as part of their package. More information on Season Ticket Memberships can be found at blacknredarmy.club.

Pre-season fixtures

Friday 18 August
Edinburgh Rugby v Sale Sharks
Kick-off 7.35pm
Meggetland

Friday 25 August
Edinburgh Rugby v Newcastle Falcons
Kick-off 6pm
The Greenyards