The Dark Blues will also open Marefield on 30 October to receive an offering from Tonga, a line-up they could get at the World Championships.
Scotland’s autumn will include one more test than the three initially announced: SRU has actually announced that Dark Blues will host Tonga on 30 October. After missing Test matches scheduled for June, the Scots will field four times at the historic Edinburgh facility, which will later host matches in Australia, South Africa and Japan (on 7th, 13th and 20th November).
On 30 October there would be a fourth encounter between the two teams: the first, exactly 20 years earlier at Murrayfield, ended in 43–20 for the Dark Blues. The other two were played in 2012 and 2014 between Aberdeen and Kilmarnock and saw one win each, including a spectacular 21–12 in favor of the Islanders on the first occasion. The match could, among other things, be the prelude to a world challenge, given that if Tonga were to pass the final qualifying round, it would be included in Pool B in France 2023, precisely the group of Scots. Tonga’s calendar is also notable: after the match in Edinburgh the “Sea Eagles” will play against England in London and against Uruguay and Romania in Bucharest (on 6, 13 and 20 November).
Both federations have expressed satisfaction over the agreement, which allows one to (hopefully) sell a few more tickets after an extremely complicated period, allowing the other to fuel the legs against a level team.
The dates for Scotland’s matches, all of which will be played at Murrayfield:
Scotland-Tonga: Saturday 30 October
Scotland-Australia: Sunday 7 November
Scotland-South Africa: Saturday 13 November
Scotland-Japan: Saturday 20 November
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