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    Edinburgh Rugby

    I'm aware there's usually a wee bit of interest on this forum around the Six Nations, but are there any actual rugby fans that regularly follow Edinburgh (or Glasgow)?

    Heading along to the quarter final tie against Stade Francais at Murrayfield on Friday night, for what should be a better spectacle than the freezing cold experience of the game against the Southern Kings last weekend!
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    I could never get into club rugby. It should be technically as good,if not better, than the international game but somehow it lacks the glamour.
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    I'm a fairly regular attendee at both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Two or three games per year each. Edinburgh, as I'm a Hibby I obviously prefer this side of the country and also four of their squad are from my club Alloa rugby club originally. Glasgow due to the fact that Alloa is linked to them through the SRU as all clubs are to one or other of the pro clubs. Want to see them both win but it is Edinburgh first. Glasgow have done really well to increase crowds and have got a real club feel about them. Hopefully Edinburgh can do the same with the move to Myreside

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    I don'y profess to being a true rugby follower but I do enjoy the Friday night games on Alba. I've been to Scotstoun to watch the Warriors a couple of times and have to admit that it was a great atmosphere. And shock horror, the tannoy system was loud and clear and the catering was fantastic.

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    Most of my mates are rugby fans and being from the west support Glasgow. I like the games on Alba on a Friday evening as I've finished work and have a couple of beers. I go up to Scotstoun about once a season and support them except when they play Edinburgh, but there they have over the years slowly built up a loyal support base. Winning regularly is obviously a good starting point.

    Edinburgh's move to Myreside is also a good start and hopefully more locals will go out to see them, but there's a long way to go to match the weegies in terms of atmosphere.

    There's a massive difference between the respective sets of fans, highlighted by the game between the two at Murrayfield before Christmas. The weegie fans despite being in a considerable minority, were much louder and not lacking in their ability to bawl, whereas Edinburgh fans were like sheep in comparison and not inclined to utter a sound until the dying moments when they scored the winner. Until that point they made more noise when a nipper scored a try at half time.

    Me and my son are what you could say, rather more vocal and like to get a bit more involved in a game (especially this one) even to the extent of abus-disagreeing with the ref (!) - such as Peter Wright likes to do on the radio. We were shouting a bit (no swearies) and folk were turning round to look at us, horrified, as if we'd just abused their mother, something I've experienced before at Murrayfield.

    This may not be the best example, as a substantial proportion of the big crowd seemed to be families and the like who probably go to a game once a year and didn't know much about who was playing or doing what.

    This is something Richard Cockerill will have to take into account if he wants to improve the atmosphere at Myreside. (I.e. me 'n' the boy won't be there to do it for him!)

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    Big rugby fan here.

    When I moved here I started to watch a few Edinburgh games to support my now local team but its 20 quid a game and 25 if you don't book in advance which for the pro 14 is pretty steep IMO. Don't mind paying 20 quid etc to watch champions cup but to see the pro 14 I wont pay it, especially now they've moved grounds. Cant afford hibs and 20 quid to watch Edinburgh.

    Cardiff blues when I was last there was 15 quid on the terrace for champions cup and it was about 13 quid for pro 14. Probably a bit more expensive now but I'm sure the terrace is still <20 quid.

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    Our club is off on it's biannual trip to wales for the six nations. For the first time in 50 years we don't have a game to play as we are struggling for players to go. I am also not attending the match on the Saturday as it was 80 per ticket from the SRU. I have seen enough Scotland v Wales matches in my time so I would rather filter that 80 through my kidneys!! Will still be a great four days away as always, although Swansea , where we have gone for decades is a bit rundown and rough nowadays with loads of nightclubs and bars closed down. Tickets for the Calcutta cup match went up to 105!!!

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    WRU have been charging 75 quid up for games for about the last 10 years. I try go to as many Scotland games as I can as compared to home Scotland is cheap. I can get tickets for 25 quid for some games. Even the all blacks game I only paid 50!!

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    About six years ago there was a crowd of is in the Millennium stadium, we had all paid 64 for our tickets and were surrounded by Welsh folk who had paid 16 for the same seats. We can get a two coarse meal plus two free drinks for 20 in a club in Swansea with a big screen and that still leaves 60 for more beer throughout the rest of the day! Prices are getting mental now. I paid the equivalent of 8 for the 2nd and 3rd Lions tests in Aus in 2001. That would just about buy you a burger at the matches now.

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    Meant to say on that last one that now that Rugby has become so big for TV now costs for everything have gone through the roof and wee clubs like mine are starting to struggle. Bigger clubs are hoovering up any available talent and if they dont quite make it then they are never encouraged back to their original clubs. A lot are discarded and stop playing. SRU are focused big time on pro teams then a small number of the big clubs and the rest of us are toiling for playing numbers. When I first started playing at Alloa we had three teams every week plus U18s etc. Now we only get a 2nd XV out about 40% of the season. I've played 3 times this season just to get a team out and I'm 49!

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    Is joining a club the best way to get involved in the social rugby scene and (as a side bonus) a good way to get tickets for the international games? I've never touched a rugby ball in my life, let alone having played the sport, and I'm a recent convert truth be told. But I'm hooked (no pun intended)! Apart from my dad, I also don't have any 'rugby mates' yet, so while there IS a club in my town, I don't want to pester them when I likely can't toss a ball 10 yards in a straight line and I'm built like a twig

    Ticket cost is definitely a big factor - I was too late to buy the season ticket for the Scotland games this year, so I've missed out on the France and England games, and I'd love to attend both! But the hundreds of pounds being quoted on various sites is excessive!

    I was at the Stade Francais game this evening and it was a wonderful experience - we were actually stood on the Murrayfield pitch watching live Challenge Cup rugby, and it was a fantastic game too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylar View Post
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    Is joining a club the best way to get involved in the social rugby scene and (as a side bonus) a good way to get tickets for the international games? I've never touched a rugby ball in my life, let alone having played the sport, and I'm a recent convert truth be told. But I'm hooked (no pun intended)! Apart from my dad, I also don't have any 'rugby mates' yet, so while there IS a club in my town, I don't want to pester them when I likely can't toss a ball 10 yards in a straight line and I'm built like a twig

    Ticket cost is definitely a big factor - I was too late to buy the season ticket for the Scotland games this year, so I've missed out on the France and England games, and I'd love to attend both! But the hundreds of pounds being quoted on various sites is excessive!

    I was at the Stade Francais game this evening and it was a wonderful experience - we were actually stood on the Murrayfield pitch watching live Challenge Cup rugby, and it was a fantastic game too!
    Where is it you live? I would encourage you to get down your local club. If you become a member you will be able to order international tickets through them. It won't make it any cheaper but can almost guarantee a ticket excerpt for England matches. We were 57 tickets short of what we asked for for that match but got all we asked for for the rest of the six nations games. I don't go to many Hibs away games anymore so when Hibs are away I tend to go and watch Alloa play( still sometimes play for 2nd XV!). You will find that you can have a beer or two and watch the game and the so ail side will be good. What age are you and are you interested I playing? If so, don't let size put you off, anyone can play at any size.

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    About six years ago there was a crowd of is in the Millennium stadium, we had all paid 64 for our tickets and were surrounded by Welsh folk who had paid 16 for the same seats. We can get a two coarse meal plus two free drinks for 20 in a club in Swansea with a big screen and that still leaves 60 for more beer throughout the rest of the day! Prices are getting mental now. I paid the equivalent of 8 for the 2nd and 3rd Lions tests in Aus in 2001. That would just about buy you a burger at the matches now.
    Those will be rugby club tickets. I think the WRU offers cheaper tickets to all member clubs then whatever is left (if any) goes public sale. Some games are hard to get tickets for even if you are a rugby club member.

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