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Pittodrie to host Scotland Test

International rugby will return to Aberdeen in November when Scotland face Samoa at Pittodrie.

The Scottish Rugby Union announced on Tuesday that the national team`s final autumn Test would take place at Aberdeen Football Club's stadium on Saturday, November 27.

Andy Robinson`s men first take on New Zealand at Murrayfield on November 13 before facing South Africa at the same venue seven days later.

The plans to play at Pittodrie were welcomed by Scotland`s joint-captain Chris Cusiter, who was born and raised in Aberdeen.

The scrum-half missed Scotland`s first match at Pittodrie, the historic win over the Barbarians in 2005, because he was on Lions duty.

And he was recovering from injury at the time of the only other contest in Aberdeen, a victory over Canada amid snow storms in 2008.

Cusiter said: "It's wonderful news and I'm hoping to get on the park myself this time.

"One of the best things about taking international rugby to the North East is the interest in the game that being there generates.

"I know from speaking to people who help coach youngsters in the area that they saw a surge of interest and growth in participation when Scotland were here before, and that has to be our aim this time too."


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