Hundreds of rugby fans to attend match at Murrayfield

A crowd will be in attendance for the Glasgow Warriors vs Edinburgh match.

Hundreds of rugby fans will attend a match for the first time since the start of lockdown.

A small crowd will be in attendance at the Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors test event at Murrayfield on Friday.

Large gatherings have been banned since the start of the coronavirus pandemic- meaning sporting events have been either postponed, cancelled or played without spectators.

The Scottish Government has now granted permission for a limited number of fans to watch the Pro14 tie that will kick off at 7.35pm.

Just under 1,000 fans will be allowed in the stadium in Edinburgh which has a 67,144 capacity.

Celtic’s bid to have supporters when they play Motherwell on Sunday was rejected, with football still being played behind closed doors.

September 14 has been identified as an indicative date for fans to return to sports stadiums across the country in restricted numbers.

Sturgeon asked fans to “bear with” the Scottish Government as it tries “to find the safest ways of giving as much normality back as possible.”

She said: “Hopefully in the not so distance future we’ll be able to move into having albeit limited number of spectators in stadiums or a variety of different sports not on a test and pilot basis but on a more general basis.

“So I would ask spectators and fans, whether it’s football or rugby, to bear with us just now.

“We’re trying to find the safest ways of giving as much normality back as possible.”