2021 Autumn Nations Series

Saturday 30 Oct 2021 - 2:30 PM
BT Murrayfield

2021 Autumn Nations Series

Scotland are playing four games in this year’s Autumn Nations Series at BT Murrayfield

SCOTLAND v TONGA | Saturday 30 October, kick-off 2.30pm

SCOTLAND v AUSTRALIA | Sunday 7 November, kick-off 2.15pm

SCOTLAND v SOUTH AFRICA | Saturday 13 November, kick-off 1pm

SCOTLAND v JAPAN | Saturday 20 November, kick-off 1pm

Individual match tickets and two-match packages are on sale now from the Scottish Rugby Ticket Centre.

Scotland v Tonga
Good availability in all areas.

Scotland v Australia: Limited availability
Fewer than 500 seats together remain for this game.

Scotland v South Africa: SOLD OUT
It’s always worth checking availability, as if we receive any ‘returns’ between now and the game these will be immediately put on sale.

Scotland v Japan
The crowd for this game is already over 60,000 and is expected to sell out.


For more ticketing information, visit Ask Scottish Rugby.


Scotland’s opening game in the Autumn Nations Series, against Tonga on Saturday 30 October (kick-off 2.30pm) is the first to be played front of a crowd since March 2020, and we are busy getting ready to welcome back supporters in style. As it’s the first time in twenty months that we’ve all had the chance to see Scotland in action, we’re planning a huge Halloween party as part of the celebrations. Everyone is encouraged to come in Halloween Fancy Dress and join in all the fun, with spooktacular entertainers around the ground, a Halloween-themed Instagram trail and lots of music in addition to all the usual Scotland match day entertainments.


Everyone who buys an U12 ticket to see Scotland v Tonga before Monday 18 October will be entered into a Prize Draw to win an “Edinburgh Zoo Halloween Night” visit for the family. (See the terms and conditions below.)


With the South Africa game already sold out and the Australia and Japan games also close to capacity, Scottish Rugby is reassuring supporters of the safety and security measures that will be in place at the stadium to ensure it remains the the safest possible venue. Scottish Rugby has worked with the Scottish Government throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and we have listed all the measures being taken at BT Murrayfield on matchdays (see below) and we urge you to read them in advance.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Everything you need to know about the Autumn Nations Series can be found in our ASK Scottish Rugby section of the website, with FAQs on all aspects of the games and ticket access being regularly updated.

  • Ticket Pricing

    Scotland v Tonga, Saturday 30 October (kick-off 2.30pm)

    Silver £26£21£16£1

    *with a paying adult ticket

    Scotland v Australia, Sunday 7 November (kick-off 2.15pm)


    Scotland v South Africa, Saturday 13 November (kick-off 1pm)


    Scotland v Japan, Saturday 20 November (kick-off 1pm)


    *with a paying adult ticket

  • Matchday Safety Measures at BT Murrayfield

    As always, everyone who purchases tickets for the Autumn Nations Series will be sent Matchday Information emails in advance of each game, with practical information to help you plan your visit and let you know what to expect when you get to the stadium. Before then, however, we want to reassure fans that all relevant safety and security measures will be in place to ensure BT Murrayfield continues to be a safe venue to visit. Here are a few of the measures being taken which we hope will allow you to start planning your matchday.

    Your ticket(s)

    • Digital tickets only will be used for these games. Digital tickets will be emailed to you no later than 7-10 days prior to the game. You can either add to them to your Apple or Google pay wallet (instructions on how to do this will be included in the email) or print them at home to bring with you to the game. Please ensure your email details are correct on your Scottish Rugby e-ticketing account.
    • Scotland Season Pass holders will be mailed their Season Pass card(s) to be used at all home games this season (except for the Tonga game, for which a digital ticket will be emailed to those who purchase a ticket ahead of the game).

    Before the game

    • All adults (age 18 or over) attending the Autumn Nations Series at BT Murrayfield must be fully vaccinated and bring proof of this status with you to the match. Exemptions are made for those who are, a) unable to get the vaccine for medical reason, or b) taking part in vaccine trials.
    • According to the Scottish Government guidelines, fully vaccinated means “…vaccinated with a MHRA recognised vaccine in line with the MHRA recommended number of doses for the vaccine used and two weeks has passed for the vaccine to take effect.”
    • We will be in touch with further information on how to secure your Vaccine Certificate as soon as we have confirmation from the Scottish Government. Certain exemptions will apply, which will also be confirmed in due course.
    • The Scottish Government offers free lateral flow test kits to anyone in Scotland, for use if you are not displaying symptoms of Covid-19. These tests are aimed at finding cases that would otherwise go undetected, so anyone testing positive can self-isolate and avoid transmitting the virus to those around them. Lateral flow tests are recommended twice weekly for those who are asymptomatic, and Scottish Rugby strongly encourages you to take one of these tests either the day before or on match day. Further information on ordering and taking the tests can be found HERE.
    • Please do not attend if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the 10 days prior to the match.
    • Please do not attend if you have been asked to self-isolate by Test & Protect or another Contact Tracing agency as a result of being a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, or if you feel generally unwell (with symptoms including but not limited to - fever, cough, change or loss of sense of taste / smell, sore throat, headache, runny nose, fatigue). If this happens, self-isolate and book a PCR test.
    • Download the free NHS Scotland Protect Scotland app, designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.
    • Finally, leave your bags at home. There is a ‘No Bag’ policy at these games and no bags will be allowed in the ground unless they are required for medical and childcare reasons. There will be no bag storage facilities at the stadium, so spectators are urged to only bring such limited and necessary possessions as they can keep on their person.

    Travelling to the game

    • Masks must be worn on all public transport in Scotland and Scottish Rugby recommends you also wear your mask as you approach the stadium, i.e. within crowded areas when social distancing is not possible.
    • Ensure all your travel plans – local, national and international – meet current Scottish Government restrictions.

    At the game

    • You are urged to come early – and no later than 30 minutes prior to kick off – to ease the congestion at the stadium and assist with vaccination status checks.
    • Please have your tickets and vaccine certificates ready for inspection on arrival.
    • Hand sanitising stations will be located throughout the stadium.
    • The stadium will be cashless at these games for all retail, food and drink, match programme and Ref Link purchases. Once you have purchased your food or beverages, please return to your seat as quickly as possible, as standing in concourse areas will be discouraged.
    • Wearing of face masks at all times whilst indoors is compulsory, unless you have a medical or other valid exemption (as set out in Scottish Government guidance). Scottish Rugby recommends you:
      • wear a mask at alltimes - including outdoors - except when eating and drinking;
      • do not remain in the indoor concourse areas for any longer than is necessary (i.e. being outdoors is better and safer);
      • remain respectful to those around you, particularly in the seating area (e.g. face away from other persons as they pass).
    • Please remain in your seat whenever possible. If you do need to leave your seat, wait for a time when the gangway is clear and always follow the directional signs indicating which way to go.
    • If you start to feel unwell during the match, please speak to a steward as soon as possible. If you display symptoms of Covid-19, you will be taken to an isolation room and assessed by a doctor.

    For further recommendations and requests, see Scottish Rugby’s spectator Code of Conduct

    If Scottish Government re-introduces social-distancing measures and Scottish Rugby has to cancel any game (or play any game behind closed doors) or reduce the capacity, fans affected will be refunded the full ticket price (excluding the non-refundable booking fee). For full details please see the Scottish Rugby ticketing terms and conditions.

  • Edinburgh Zoo Prize Draw: Terms & Conditions

    Terms and Conditions for Edinburgh Zoo Prize Draw

    1.This prize draw is only open to purchasers of an U12 ticket to the Scotland v Tonga game on Saturday 30 October (kick-off 2.30pm), and excludes employees of Scottish Rugby, their families, agents or anyone else connected with this promotion. Scottish Rugby reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants.

    2.There is one prize: a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) to an “Edinburgh Zoo Halloween Night” on a night to be selected before 30 October 2021.

    3.Only one prize per winner drawn.

    4.Entrants must be 18 or over.

    5.The prize draw requires an U12 match ticket for Scotland v Tonga at BT Murrayfield (Saturday 30 October, kick-off 2.30pm) to be purchased before midnight, Monday 18 October. No entries will be accepted after the date and time specified.

    6.All eligible purchasers will be entered into the prize draw and the winner will be drawn at random by Scottish Rugby at 10am on Tuesday 19 October, 2021. Winners will be notified by email, and if the prize is declined or a winner cannot be contacted, a supplementary winner may be drawn.

    7.Scottish Rugby accepts no responsibility for entries lost, stolen or unsuccessfully completed due to a technical fault, technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure of any kind.

    8.The decision of Scottish Rugby regarding any aspect of the prize draw is final and binding.

    9.Scottish Rugby has the right to use the winner’s details in post-promotion publicity, including but not limited to Scottish Rugby Facebook and Twitter pages and any other marketing communications. By entering the prize draw the entrant agrees to his or her name being used by Scottish Rugby in this way and in related publicity following acceptance of the prize.

    10.Scottish Rugby has the right to use the contact details provided for email communications.

    11.The prize is not transferable, non-exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash.

    12.Scottish Rugby reserves the right to substitute the Prize with another prize of similar value, in the event the prize is unavailable.

    13.This promotion is governed by Scots Law.

    14.The promoter is: Scottish Rugby, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ.

Scotland's Opposition


Scotland last hosted Tonga at Murrayfield 20 years ago in a 43-20 win for the home side in 2001. The teams have faced each other twice since then, both in Scotland, with a win apiece in fixtures played in Aberdeen in 2012 and Kilmarnock in 2014. Following the impact of Covid-19 on Scotland’s planned summer test series which saw games against England A, Romania and Georgia all cancelled the Autumn Nations Series provides an additional opportunity for the Dark Blues to prepare for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, where Tonga could well be Pool B opponents.


It’s been ten years since Scotland last downed the world’s number one ranked side, the Springboks, on home soil, though there have been some closely contested battles both home and away in the interim. The last time South Africa came to BT Murrayfield was in 2018, when the Scots narrowly lost to the team that would go onto to lift the Rugby World Cup in Japan the following year. Tries from Peter Horne (pictured above) and Hamish Watson weren’t quite enough, and the Scots were squeezed out 20-26.


It was a different picture the previous year when Scotland ran in eight tries (there were 12 scored in total) in an astonishing 53-24 win over Australia, then the third ranked team in the world (see picture below of Byron McGuigan scoring one of his two tries). Scotland will be aiming for a hat-trick of successive victories against the Wallabies having won their last two encounters, at BT Murrayfield and in Sydney, both in 2017. Currently ranked seventh in the world (one ahead of Scotland) the Wallabies are coached by Dave Rennie, formerly head coach at Glasgow Warriors. Rennie is assisted by the former Scotland defence coach Matt Taylor.


Scotland and Japan have met three times since the last time they played at BT Murrayfield, in 2013. Scotland toured Japan in the Summer of 2016 and won a tough two-Test series. Then, in the Rugby World Cup in Japan three years later, the hosts beat Ireland, Samoa and Russia before beating Scotland in the winner-take-all final pool game of the tournament. The game in November will be Japan’s second visit to BT Murrayfield this year, having played the British & Irish Lions on Saturday 26 June as part of the Lions’ preparations for their tour of South Africa.

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