It’s not surprising that after reaching the final 8 in the Rugby World Cup last year, fans are feeling optimistic about Scotland’s chances in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations. It is looking to be a record breaking Scottish rugby year, with chances of redemption and un-beaten winning streaks to continue…
Record Breaking Scottish Rugby
Tickets for both 6 Nations home-games at Murrayfield sold out in record time. That’s 67,144 seats filled in record time! Scotland are opening their 2016 6 Nations campaign with the Calcutta Cup against England. If you’re basing your score predictions on the performances by both teams during the World Cup, our money is most certainly #BackingBlue! Since last years’ 6 Nations some big name players have retired (‘Big’ Jim Hamilton and Alasdair Strokosch for example) but the World Cup showed us how many excellent players there are in the team as a whole, as well as young players beginning to make their mark.
Your 2016 RBS 6 Nation Squad includes Edinburgh Rugby scrum-half, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and young players, relatively new to the Scotland team, including Pete Horne and Finn Russell. Experience in the team comes from players such as, World Rugby Player of the Year nominee Greig Laidlaw, Sean Lamont and the “Flying Dutchman” Tim Visser. Now we’re not rugby experts but we think Vern Cotter has picked a great squad who will make a serious impact in the 6 Nations this year. We hope you will all be supporting Scotland #AsOne no matter where you’re watching the matches from!
Who can forget Japan’s historic victory over South Africa during the World Cup? Sadly for the Japanese, this victory was quickly overshadowed by a textbook win for Scotland against them, ending 45-10 to the Scots. They have a chance to redeem themselves as the boys in blue head to Japan for the 2016 Summer Tour, playing two matches towards the end of June (extact dates tbc). Scotland are so far undefeated against Japan and this is the first time we’ve travelled to their beautiful country since 1989. It’s an exciting year for Japanese rugby and they are definitely not an opponent to be underestimated!
Guinness Pro 12 Final
Saturday 28th May will see our friends, neighbours and occassional rivals Glasgow Warriors defend their Guinness Pro 12 title and Edinburgh Rugby will hope to reach another major final. This is an historic event for Edinburgh as this is the first time we’ve hosted an event like this and what an event it promises to be! Supporters from all the clubs competing across the 22 rounds are expected to meet up on the Royal Mile and march to Murrayfield…a route which will go straight past our front door! From Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will all be represented. Excited doesn’t really cover it. It’ll be a great weekend and the ideal time to take a few days holiday, book a room at The Dunstane and really experience our city.
2016 Autumn Tests
We get our chance at redemption this November. Scotland will take on Australia in our opening Autumn Test match on the 12th November. There are no words to describe how the whole country felt when our World Cup semi-final dreams were crushed, so we are hoping that those memories can be replaced with happy ones and start the Autumn tests off with a win. After Australia we take on Argentina, who Scotland beat 41-31 in the 2014 Autumn Tests. Finally on the 27th November, we welcome Georgia to Murrayfield for their first test match on Scottish soil and only their second match against Scotland – should be a good one to watch!
Warm Up At The Dunstane
Each time Scotland are playing at Murrayfield we’ll be here with Orkney Steak Burgers and Beer, as well as plenty of other alcoholic and soft drinks. Whatever the weather we’ll set you up right for the match and you never know who you might see here as Rugby greats past, present and future have been known to make an appearance at The Dunstane…!