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Edinburgh vacate Murrayfield

05th February 2014 13:50

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Under fire: Murrayfield

Edinburgh have confirmed they are temporarily moving home games from Murrayfield to ease the load on the ailing playing surface.

Concerns over the current Murrayfield Stadium playing surface - caused by a parasitic infection that damaged the roots - mean the club will relocate the PRO12 clash to ensure the international pitch is in robust health for Scotland's home fixtures in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations, against England and France.

The move will see the club play its first competitive home match outside of the national stadium since May 2004, when Marcus Di Rollo, Andrew Dall and Joel Brannigan crossed the whitewash in the club's 19-17 win over Glasgow at Meadowbank.

The first game scheduled at Meggetland, home of Boroughmuir RFC, will be the PRO12 clash with the Ospreys on 28th February.

"Everyone at the club is really excited about this temporary move to Meggetland," said managing director David Davies.

"We've taken a lot of time and care to select the best venue for this fixture and that limits the inconvenience to our fans. We're working hard to make the most of this opportunity to pack out the stands with black and red.

"Pre-sales and season ticket memberships mean that the ground - which can hold about 3,000 - is already at 85% of capacity, so we urge all fans to buy their tickets early and guarantee their place at this great opportunity to cheer on the club at close quarters.

"Since the council's multi-million pound investment in Meggetland in 2006, it has become one of the best-used outdoor sports facilities in the city," said Councillor Richard Lewis.

"I am delighted that Edinburgh have chosen to play here and hope that, with the support of Edinburgh Leisure and ourselves, the match is a success both on the pitch and off it.

"We are very aware that this is a residential area and will ensure that all travel options are explored."

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