Scotland players go head-to-head for their club
The 1872 Cup fixtures are always a popular watch for Scotland fans, where the county’s most prominent players go head-to-head for their club sides.
We take a look at which familiar faces could be lining up for the games this December.
Jamie Ritchie v Ryan Wilson
Ritchie made his debut for Edinburgh in 2014 and since then has been one of the club’s most consistent performers. He made his debut for Scotland in the summer of 2018 and was a stand-out performer for his country in 2019. He’s a dynamic and destructive attacker yet his bravery and technique in and around the breakdown makes him a constant threat in defence.
Ryan Wilson is a key member of Glasgow Warriors, taking on captaincy duties in 2019 for a third season. He has amassed over 159 appearances for the club. Wilson is the heartbeat of the Glasgow team. He always plays with aggression and prides himself on 100% commitment for Glasgow and Scotland.
Matt Scott v Sam Johnson
Matt Scott returned to Edinburgh last season and has clocked up 89 appearances scoring 19 tries. He has represented his country 39 times earning his first Scotland cap in 2012. His performances so far this season mean the powerful ball carrying centre will be hoping to impose his game on this encounter to help him secure a return to the Test arena.
Glasgow Warriors centre Sam Johnson was awarded his first Scotland cap in the 2018 Guinness Six Nations and scored against Ireland and England in that tournament. Johnson is an elusive attacker, strong defender and has the ability to bring others into the game. He’s made 57 appearances for his club and scored six tries in the shirt and is the man in possession of Scotland’s number 12 jersey.
Mark Bennett v Huw Jones
Mark Bennett is an experienced Scotland centre with 22 caps for his country and an Olympic silver medalist in Rio three years ago. He joined Edinburgh in 2017 and has since made 28 appearances and scored seven tries. His contributions this season in particular have been very impressive for the east coast side. Scotland fans will remember his try scoring efforts in the Rugby World Cup 2015 after which he was nominated for Junior World Player of the Year.
Huw Jones made his debut for Scotland in 2016 and was also involved in the famous 25-13 victory over England in the 2018 Six Nations, his efforts helping Scotland to a first Calcutta Cup win in a decade. He’s one of the most exciting attacking centres in the game.
Henry Pyrgos v George Horne
Henry Pyrgos, the experienced scrum-half who has captained Scotland, signed for Edinburgh in the summer of 2018 having spent eight years at Glasgow Warriors. An astute game manager with excellent vision, he has now played for Edinburgh 30 times and is key to how the capital team function.
George Horne is an electric, exciting scrum-half who is a prolific try scorer for Glasgow and Scotland. Horne has a raft of Scotland honours from U17 up to and including the national team and was also a key member of the Sevens squad that took victory at Twickenham in the final leg of the 2016/17 World Sevens Series. He made his international debut in 2018 on the Summer Tour and will be looking to drive the fast-paced tempo Glasgow love to play.
Grant Gilchrist v Jonny Gray
An Edinburgh man through and through, Grant Gilchrist made his debut for the club against Cardiff Blues in 2011 and has been ever-present in the capital side's starting XV and and lineout leader ever since. Making his international debut in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations Championship he has captained the side on several occasions. He’s a player who leads by example every time he takes the field.
Renowned for his frightening work-rate and tackle stats, Jonny brings consistency, with a tackle success rate of over 97%. Gray made a world-record 43 tackles in a single match during Glasgow's 39-24 victory over Leinster in April 2019. He’s made more than 100 appearances for the Warriors and 55 for his country. With his experience and consistency, he is a key man for Glasgow.
Stuart McInally v Fraser Brown
Edinburgh-born Stuart McInally joined his hometown team in 2010 and has since become a club centurion and captain. The Scotland hooker also captained the squad in Rugby World Cup 2019 and is widely regarded as one of the best hookers in the northern hemisphere. Expect him to cover a great deal of ground in this fixture.
Glasgow Warriors Hooker Fraser Brown is a physical, aggressive front-row forward who makes huge impacts in games, particularly getting over ball and winning vital turnovers. He, like McInally, is also able to play back-row whether for his club or at Test level. A combative, competitive and intelligent player at the top of his game.
Blair Kinghorn v Tommy Seymour
Kinghorn has 11 caps for Scotland and made history in the jersey in 2019 when he scored Scotland's first Six Nations hat-trick since 1989 in the 33-20 victory over Italy. Fine form has seen him become a leader and he carries a lot of responsibility in the Edinburgh backline.
Seymour is one of the most lethal finishers in the PRO14, frequently finding a way to the try-line for club and country. Seymour was selected for the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, with the winger finishing the tour as top try-scorer after crossing the whitewash three times.
Watch Edinburgh and Glasgow this season
Tickets are available now for the upcoming 1872 Cup fixture, a chance to see some of your Scotland stars playing in their club colours.
Tickets are on sale now for the second leg of this season’s 1872 Cup on Saturday 28 December at 3pm, at BT Murrayfield.
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Tickets for the first leg on 21 December at Scotstoun are sold out but advise keeping an eye on glasgowwarriors.org should any tickets get released.