Professional rugby in Scotland

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  • Rugby player is lifted high by his team mates to grab the ball at a line out
    Edinburgh Rugby's Esteban Lozada wins a line out (image: Scottish Rugby)
  • Rugby team celebrates on the field with the trophy they've just won
    The Heineken Cup attracts the best pro teams across Europe

Scotland is home to two professional rugby union teams: Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors, who battle it out each season in the RaboDirect PRO12 League (previously known as the Celtic League and the Magners League) against 10 other Irish, Welsh and Italian regional clubs.

The top-class rugby on display at the PRO12 games is matched only by the great atmosphere, which makes for a perfect family night out.

Stadiums and fixtures

Edinburgh Rugby play their home games at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh while, from the 2012-13 season, Glasgow Warriors will relocate their games from Firhill Stadium to the revamped Scotstoun Stadium, which will also be host to the fantastic HSBC Sevens World series festival

The pro season runs from September to May with games taking place on Friday evenings. You can check out the current season’s fixture lists on the Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors websites.

Heineken Cup

Both teams also compete in the prestigious Heineken Cup, going up against 22 of the best pro teams from England, Ireland, Wales, France and Italy.

The participating teams are divided into six pools of four, with the top two teams in each pool going on to play in knock-out quarter and semi-finals before the final. Edinburgh’s Murrayfield stadium has played host to the final twice – in 2005 and 2009 – but unfortunately, neither Scottish team has made it beyond the quarter finals since the competition started in 1995.

The full fixture list for the competition can be found on the European Rugby Cup website.

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