Holyrood talks successful

Murrayfield to host 16,500 fans for Lions warm-up

Fans will be back at Murrayfield next month (pic: SNS Group).

Murrayfield Stadium will welcome 16,500 fans for next month’s meeting between the British & Irish Lions and Japan.

The match on Saturday 26 June is a warm-up for the Lions before they head to South Africa and will be played in front of a partial capacity crowd following consultation with the Scottish Government and the application of agreed social distancing criteria to ensure fans can attend safely.

It will be the first time supporters will be able to attend the home of Scottish Rugby to watch an international match since March 2020.

The news comes after it emerged Holyrood rejected a proposal by Rangers for 10,000 fans to attend Ibrox on Saturday for their league title trophy presentation, Covid rules preventing mass gatherings at that stage. No supporters will be in attendance at this weekend’s Scottish Final at Hampden.

Other public health agencies, emergency services and transport providers are collaborating for the match at Murrayfield.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to confirm today’s news,” said Ben Calveley, managing director of the British & Irish Lions.

“It will be brilliant to see a passionate crowd back at Murrayfield for what promises to be a superb game of rugby before we embark on the tour to South Africa.

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