Artificial pitch Test for Scotland

Date published: August 9 2014

Scotland have revealed that their international fixture against Tonga on Saturday, November 22 will be staged at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock.

Scotland have announced that their game against Tonga on Saturday, 22 November will be held at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, home of Kilmarnock FC.

As the Scots continue a recent trend of “taking international rugby to pastures new”, the clash will be the first international involving a Tier One country to be held on an entirely artificial pitch.

“We are delighted to bring international rugby to Ayrshire for the first time. It's an area where clubs, schools and local authorities are all working together to provide opportunities for our young people to play rugby,” Chief Executive Mark Dodson told Scottish Rugby's official website.

“We know, from matches we've taken to Aberdeen in the recent past, that international rugby can excite and enthral a whole new audience and as a means of boosting playing numbers it certainly helps the teachers, coaches and volunteers in all they do to encourage participation.

“Rugby Park will become the ninth venue at which Scotland have played international rugby on our own patch. Clearly it's home to Kilmarnock FC but it was the original home of Kilmarnock Rugby Club, so I suppose you could say that rugby is coming home!”