Tonga added to Scotland's autumn international fixtures

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend

Scotland will have an extended autumn international schedule later this year with Tonga added to the fixtures.

The decision to include the additional fixture comes after Scotland's summer series was disrupted by Covid leading to the cancellation of matches against Georgia and Romania along with the 'A' team clash against England.

The game against Tonga has been scheduled on 30th October with Murrayfield Stadium being the venue following which Gregor Townsend's men will also lock horns with Australia, South Africa and Japan on 6th, 13th and 20th November respectively.

Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson feels the autumn international schedule will be ideal to welcome spectators back after a disappointing summer series.

“Following Scotland’s disrupted summer campaign we are pleased to be able to welcome Tonga to BT Murrayfield as part of our Autumn Nations Series," said Dodson.

“I’d like to thank Tonga Rugby CEO Peter Harding and the Tongan Rugby Union for their proactivity in working with us to secure this fixture to ensure we can give fans, players and coaches another Test match to enjoy in 2021.

“Matches with Tonga are always competitive and physically demanding games and we feel this is the ideal way for our Autumn Nations Series to kick off and we look forward to welcoming Tonga back to Scotland.”

Scotland's Autumn Series Fixtures:

30th October - Scotland v Tonga
6th November - Scotland v Australia
13th November - Scotland v South Africa
20th November - Scotland v Japan