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Edinburgh set for temporary home

Edinburgh have announced they will have to move out of Murrayfield for the rest of the season as the stadium's pitch is ripped up ahead of Celtic's Champions League qualifiers this summer.

The Glasgow football club have booked the home of Scottish rugby to play their vital European clashes in June and August while their own Parkhead base is used for the Commonwealth Games.

But the Murrayfield pitch has been plagued by a parasitic infection this year and Scottish Rugby Union bosses have now decided to install a hybrid pitch, which blends real grass with artificial fibres.

Work will commence as soon as Edinburgh's RaboDirect Pro12 fixture with Ulster is finished on Friday night, meaning Alan Solomons' Edinburgh side will have to relocate for their final two matches of the season.

The fixtures affected are Cardiff Blues on Friday, April 11, which will be played at Meggetland, and Munster on the weekend of Friday, May 2, will be moved to an as-yet- unconfirmed venue.

Meanwhile, the capital club's fans will be invited to join the players on the Murrayfield pitch after the Ulster match before workmen move in to rip it up.

However, supporters have been urged not to take any turf as a souvenir.

Managing director, David Davies, said: "Very few have the honour of running out at Murrayfield and we thought that this was the ideal opportunity to offer that experience to our fans, who will hopefully bring a ball and have a bit of fun after the game.

"However, as the pitch is infected with a parasitic worm, we ask that fans do not try and take any of the surface home."


From Belfast Telegraph