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2022 Match


An ancient rivalry

We are delighted to announce details of the Men’s Scottish Varsity Rugby Match for 2022. 

University of Edinburgh v University of St Andrews
Saturday 24 September, 3pm k.o.

Peffermill Playing Fields, Edinburgh

Believed to be the oldest Varsity match in the world, this year’s fixture will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday 24 September, at the University of Edinburgh’s Peffermill Playing Fields.  

Player of the match award
The Man of the Match award will be named in honour of Steven Sims, who died in 2012 from a rare blood condition after recently graduating from St Andrews. He was a stalwart and former 1st XV captain and Club Captain of the University Rugby Club.

This year’s game will see the return of spectators to the match, with students, staff and the wider communities of both Universities able to register for a FREE ticket from Monday 5 September. Tickets are limited and are expected to sell-out quickly so don’t delay. 

The event will be live streamed to allow students, staff and alumni from both University and wider community to enjoy the game in the comfort of their own home. 

Spectator information

14:00: Gates open for spectators (please try and arrive by 14:50)
15:00: Kick-off
15:40: Half-time
16:40: Full-time
16:45: Presentation of Steven Sims POM Award and Varsity Trophy

Spectators can enter the ground from the main gate on Peffermill Road. There will be limited seating in the Laurie Liddell Pavilion Stands and a section will be reserved. Spectators will not be allowed in the media section on the opposite side of the pitch to the Laurie Liddell Pavilion.

Stewarding and security
University of Edinburgh staff and members of the University’s Security team will be in place to provide directions, advice and to check tickets at the entry/exit points.

Pitch-side catering
During the game, spectators will be able to purchase drinks and snacks from vendors on site. No alcohol is allowed to be brought onto the site.

Toilet facilities
Mobile toilets will be provided for spectators.

There will be only very limited parking available for spectators at Peffermill. A parking permit will be required and can be requested by contacting (ADD EMAIL). It is recommended that all University of Edinburgh students arrive on foot where possible. Please respect our local community and follow parking restrictions in the area.

Varsity match fit
The University of Edinburgh, University of St Andrews are committed to creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience for Varsity Spectators and the wider community who reside near Peffermill. Spectators are responsible for their conduct and for the conduct of their guests and are reminded that the Scottish Varsity Match is a joint University of Edinburgh and University of St Andrews event. Those attending the match should be aware of their University’s Code of Conduct. Find out more.

Tickets ordered with bus transport from St Andrews
Buses will leave from the Gateway Building, St Andrews at 12:30. Further information will be provided ahead of the match.

Important information
The health and safety of staff and spectators is our highest priority. Please ensure you have read and understood the Ground Rules for the Scottish Varsity match. Find out more.

The Women’s Scottish Varsity Match

Equality is at the heart of both the University of Edinburgh and University of St Andrews sporting ethos and both Universities are completely committed to supporting their women’s rugby programmes, women’s rugby and women’s sport. 

Since the introduction of the Women’s Varsity match in 2014, it has become clear that there is a clear disparity between the two women’s teams, which has only been compounded by the impact of COVID19 on contact sport training. 

We have therefore made the difficult decision, in consultation with, and supported by, both the Edinburgh and St Andrews Women’s Rugby Clubs, that to protect player welfare and safety we will be unable to stage a Women’s Varsity fixture this year.  

Both Universities will be offering alternative support during this year to their respective clubs. 

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