NEWS | City legends Simon Webster and Graeme Morrison launch 1872 Cup festive derby

The first shot has been fired ahead of the highly anticipated first 1872 Cup derby of the season between Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors which takes place at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 23 December (kick-off 5.10pm).

Club centurions Simon Webster (127 Edinburgh caps) and Graeme Morrison (176 Glasgow caps) were on hand at Edinburgh Castle today to witness the firing of its world famous One o’ Clock Gun to signal the start of the countdown to the biggest game in Scottish professional rugby and tickets going on general sale.

Supporters can purchase their tickets now via edinburghrugby.org or by calling the Ticket Centre on 0131 346 5180.

Recalling his own memories of playing in the festive fixture throughout his 10-year club career, during which he scored 33 tries and earned 37 caps for Scotland, Edinburgh’s Simon Webster said: “I’ve so many great memories of playing in an Edinburgh jersey and the 1872 Cup always stands out as a highlight for me.

“There is a real edge to the games because of how familiar you are with the opposition and how much you want to beat your closest rivals. The fans and the wider public really get behind the game at BT Murrayfield too, so you have the biggest crowd you’ll play in front of all season which makes for an incredible atmosphere.”

Glasgow’s Graeme Morrison, who has 22 tries and 35 Scotland appearances to his name, added: "The derby games against Edinburgh were always very special. I enjoyed playing in them and now I enjoy watching them. Both teams are playing for Guinness PRO14 points and there are individual battles all over the pitch.

“It's great entertainment for the supporters over Christmas and New Year and with the additional third game at the end of the season there is now even more to play for."

Despite a win for each club across the two legs last year, Glasgow are the current holders of the 1872 Cup having edged the aggregate score by just two points (43-41).

The first inter-city derby match between Glasgow and Edinburgh took place on 23 November 1872 at Burnbank, then home of Glasgow Academicals.