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Wet Scotstoun - pic © Al Ross
Wet Scotstoun - pic © Al Ross

Saturday evening’s Guinness PRO12 fixture between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby has been moved to BT Murrayfield. The decision was taken after the Scotstoun pitch was deemed unplayable following the antics of Storm Frank, which has also seen devastation and flooding across areas in the Borders, Galloway and Deeside as well as Northern England.

Glasgow Warriors affirmed that all efforts were made to get the game played at Scotstoun, however following heavy rain and wind in Glasgow over the last 48 hours it is apparently no longer possible to play the second leg of the 1872 Cup at Scotstoun, especially with more bad weather forecast for the weekend.

The game will be played at the National Stadium in Edinburgh and will kick off at the same time (5.15pm) and will still be broadcast live on Sky Sports. For those not in thrall to the Murdoch media machine, who had hoped to attend in person, it makes things very tricky at a time of year when weather and public holidays often make long distance travel difficult. All tickets for the fixture at Scotstoun will be valid for the game at BT Murrayfield, and further ticketing information will be provided in due course with presumably an expansion of capacity now possible should more Glasgow fans wish to travel.

Glasgow Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys said: “We’re disappointed that the game cannot go ahead at Scotstoun as originally planned and all efforts were made to get the game on.

“However, after unprecedented rainfall over the last couple of days we wanted to make an early decision to help our supporters make appropriate plans and ensure the game went ahead this weekend.

“We investigated a number of options, however BT Murrayfield was the only stadium which allowed us to play the game on the same day and time, with a large enough capacity.

“It’s not an ideal situation going back to Edinburgh, but we need to get the game played and we’ll do everything we can to make this a Glasgow home game.

“We’re working on a travel plan and we will communicate directly with all our supporters who have bought a ticket for this match.

“We would encourage supporters to make the trip to Edinburgh and get behind the team, for what is an extremely important fixture.”

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