Heriot’s to face champs Melrose in ‘Charity Shield’

Heriot's will play Melrose on August 23
Heriot's will play Melrose on August 23
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Scottish Cup holders Heriot’s will visit league champions Melrose for a final pre-season friendly on Saturday, August 23 being billed as a rugby equivalent to football’s “Charity Shield” and with a new trophy up for grabs.

The match between last season’s silverware winning pair will form the second part of a double-header at The Greenyards, kicking off at 5pm.

Three hours earlier, Edinburgh Rugby are expected to provide a glimpse of their new summer signings when entertaining former European champions Leicester Tigers in a friendly.

• EDINBURGH’S latest acquisition, stand off/centre Phil Burleigh, may delay his arrival after New Zealand side Otago Highlanders put themselves one win away from the Super 15 play-offs for the first time in a decade at the weekend.

• CAPITAL pair Watsonians and Stewart’s Melville are set to open the National League Division One rugby season with home matches on September 6, according to fixtures just released.

Watsonians await GHA while Stewart’s Melville entertain relegated Aberdeen. The opening derby is at Myreside on November 8.