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Edinburgh to play on at Murrayfield

Edinburgh have confirmed their commitment to Murrayfield as their long-term home after unveiling plans to play at the national stadium for at least the next five years.

A study of potential alternative homes in and around the Scottish capital concluded the range and level of integrated facility at Murrayfield makes it the most viable option going forward.

From next season supporters will be significantly closer to the action than is the case with the current west stand seating arrangements, with seating moved to the east stand and pitchside standing areas introduced on the west stand track and at the north and south ends of the ground.

Edinburgh chief executive Craig Docherty said: "Making Murrayfield the best possible home for our players and our fans is right at the top of the club's list of priorities.

"The biggest challenge we face at Murrayfield is the size of the stadium, but if fans are sitting in the east stand or standing beside the pitch, we feel they'd be much more likely to feel part of the event.

"The ideas we're discussing and asking supporters to contribute to are designed to make Murrayfield a more atmospheric, more inspirational place to play and watch Magners League and Heineken Cup rugby."

Edinburgh have also announced the signing of full-back Tom Brown, who has been part of the club's elite development programme this season.

Brown, a regular stand-out in the Scotland Under-20 side in 2009 and 2010, has impressed for the Scotland Club XV against both France and Ireland in recent weeks, building on his fine form with Premier One champions Currie, and has signed a two-year deal.


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