Mike Blair’s Edinburgh side will warm-up for the new Magners League season by tackling two of the English Premiership’s Heineken Cup teams, Bath and London Irish.
Blair will take his side back to the Recreation Ground, in Bath, on Saturday, 21 August, for a trip they made in Europe last year, losing narrowly to the home side. They did, however, have the satisfaction of winning the return game at Murrayfield.
The fact former Scottish coach Sir Ian McGeechan has joined Bath this summer will add extra spice to the game and current Scottish coach Andy Robinson is, of course, a former Bath captain and coach. He took Edinburgh to the west country for a similar friendly in 2008 when the capital team came out on top 19-8
Edinburgh will then make their Murrayfield seasonal bow six days later when they host London Irish. That match, on Friday, 27 August, will kick-off at 7.30pm.
Irish last travelled north in 2003, when Edinburgh defeated them 32-25 at Meadowbank in the Heineken Cup. Tickets for the Irish game go are now on sale and can be bought by calling 0131 346 5180 or visiting www.edinburghrugby.org. Tickets are priced £10 for adults and £5 for concessions and Under 18s.
Edinburgh assistant coach Tom Smith welcomed the fixtures as “perfect preparation” for the new season.
“Both Bath and London Irish play an attractive brand of rugby, and the games will be good to watch as well as a real test for our players,” said the former Scotland and British & Irish Lions prop..
“Sir Ian McGeechan joining Bath will give that match extra spice from a Scottish perspective, and bringing a quality side like Irish to Murrayfield will make for an excellent spectacle for our supporters.”