Friday, December 11, 2009

Inverness the venue for opener in Six Nation

Scotland team will open their Six Nations rugby campaign in Inverness.

The match Scotland V France will take place at Murrayfield Edinburgh on Sun, Feb 07, 2010

at 15:00, in keeping with the initiative launched by the Scottish Rugby Union last season, admission will be free for all.

interest to the tie is the prospect of seeing Caithness scrum-half Kris Hamilton swap his club's green and yellow for the blue of Scotland, following his selection in the initial age-grade squad.

Speaking from yesterday's announcement at the stadium, Hamilton said: "Given that Wick is 110 miles north of Inverness, the match presents the best opportunity for my friends, family and all rugby supporters in the north to come and watch a rugby side represent Scotland.

I expect we'll get big vocal crowd who'll get right behind the team in this crucial opening match in the Six Nations rugby campaign."

The Caithness coach, Colin Sangster, relished the prospect of seeing Hamilton making the step up. He said: "Kris could well make the final cut. If this happened then there would not be enough buses in Caithness to ferry everyone to Inverness who would want to see the game. With the game being so close it would definitely be a big draw to players and supporters who would really appreciate having a quality international match within the region.

"For younger players who are aspiring to play at the highest level that they can, it would show them first hand the standard that they will have to attain in order to pull on the dark blue jersey themselves one day."

Following Scotland's 41-0 win over Canada at Pittodrie in Aberdeen last season, the city and towns of the Highlands are gearing up for their first international since Scotland Under-21s took on Wales in 2003.

Off the back of an exhilarating and somewhat exhausting Autumn series, Rugby Unions international focus is now shifting firmly to next years RBS Six Nations. Off the back of their hard fought 15-10 win over the reigning world champions, Ireland will be more confident than ever of retaining their title and winning their third grand slam. RBS Six Nations Hospitality for all of the fixtures in this years hotly anticipated competition are currently on sale at corporatehospitalitygroup.

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Darren Mackintosh, the commercial manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, added: "We're delighted to carry on the rugby connection by staging the Scotland-France Under-20 match featuring players who could soon be household names.

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