The RBS Six Nations and the Calcutta Cup
Scotland’s first international took place in Edinburgh in 1871 against England and ended in a win for the home side. The friendly rivalry between the two national teams still exists and generates incredible passion when the two teams go up against each other every year for the Calcutta Cup, played as part of the RBS Six Nations tournament.
Games are played home and away on alternate years each February and a full schedule of all Scotland’s matches can be found on the Six Nations website. The site also lists official ticket suppliers but even if you haven't got a ticket, it's well worth experiencing the atmosphere, banter and friendly rivalry between the opposing fans that goes on in the pubs where the games are televised!
The Autumn International Test series
Scotland also competes in the Autumn Internationals, also known as the End of Year Tests. Each November, a selection of the best teams from the Southern Hemisphere – including New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Tonga - visit the UK to pit their brains and brawn against those of their northern counterparts.
A definite highlight of the rugby and sporting calendar, these fiercely contested games are always popular because they are often the only chance for fans to get to watch rugby giants New Zealand, South Africa and Australia playing in the flesh.
Winning and Losing
Scotland have tasted their fair share of triumphs through the years: the Five Nations won 14 times outright, three Grand Slams, and ten Triple Crowns. They also clinched the last ever Five Nations in 1999, before Italy made it the Six Nations, in which Scotland are still searching for their maiden title.
Scotland have played in every Rugby World Cup since the tournament’s introduction in 1987, the best finish being 1991 when Scotland lost to New Zealand in a third-place play off.
Scotland plays the majority of their international matches at Murrayfield Stadium, which lies a few miles to the west of the city centre. The name of Murrayfield is recognised around the world and Scotland’s biggest stadium enjoys a very special place in the hearts of all Scots rugby fans as many legendary games have been played there with several truly memorable match-winning tries scored.
A magical experience for any rugby fan is to go on a Murrayfield Stadium tour. Going behind the scenes in an amazing access-all-areas experience, you get to follow in the footsteps of rugby legends, leaving the dressing room and walking down the tunnel onto the hallowed turf. It’s the next best thing to pulling on the jersey and playing in an international match!
While in Edinburgh for the matches, why not extend your stay and take advantage of all that this inspirational capital has to offer?
Plan your city break to Edinburgh now.