Scotland to play World Cup send-off match under Murrayfield lights

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Scotland’s final summer Test before the Rugby World Cup in Japan will be hosted under Friday night floodlights at BT Murrayfield for the first time in the team’s history.

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Fans will get to watch their Scotland team under the lights. Picture: SNS

Fans will get to watch their Scotland team under the lights. Picture: SNS

Scotland’s 2019 summer series features two pairs of back-to-back fixtures against France and Georgia.

The schedule begins away against France on Saturday 17 August, before hosting a return fixture against Les Bleus at BT Murrayfield a week later (Saturday 24 August).

The first leg of the double header against Georgia follows on Saturday 31 August, where Scotland will be the first Tier 1 nation to face the Lelos on home soil at the Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi.

The national team will then complete its competitive preparations for RWC2019 on home soil, when they face Georgia on a floodlit Friday night (6 September) at the home of Scottish rugby, just three days before jetting off to Japan.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend said: “It’s really exciting to finalise the details of our last Test before we leave for the Rugby World Cup.

“Historically night games at BT Murrayfield are very special occasions so I expect it’ll be a great send-off for the team who will then have a full weekend to spend with their families before leaving for the World Cup three days later (9 September).”

2019 Summer Test schedule

Saturday 17 August: France v Scotland; Venue TBC (kick-off TBC)

Saturday 24 August: Scotland v France; BT Murrayfield (kick-off TBC)

Saturday 31 August: Georgia v Scotland; Dinamo Arena (kick-off TBC)

Friday 6 September: Scotland v Georgia; BT Murrayfield (kick-off TBC)