Founded in 1873, the Scottish Rugby Union is the second oldest rugby union in the world. Scotland played in the first-ever international match at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh, a game in which they beat England 1-0 on the 27th March 1871.
Now based at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh, the Scottish national side annually competes in the Six Nations – a competition which they have won 15 times throughout its various incarnations. The most recent of these was back in 1999, the last ever Five Nations Championship.
Along with the Six Nations itself, Scotland also play for 4 other trophies during the Six Nations; the Triple Crown (awarded to Scotland, England, Ireland or Wales if they beat all other Home Nations); Calcutta Cup (vs England); Centenary Quaich (vs Ireland); and the Auld Alliance Trophy (vs France).
Scotland's Guinness 2020 6 Nations Fixtures
In 2020 Scotland will compete in the Guinness Six Nations during February and March. The fixtures this year feature two home games and three away. The Scottish side, under head coach Gregor Townsend, will be hoping for an improved and more consistent performance on last year.
Round 1: Saturday 1st February - Ireland v Scotland; K.O 16.45, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. TV: ITV SPORT
Round 2: Saturday 8th February - Scotland v England; K.O 16.45, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. TV: BBC SPORT
Round 3: Saturday 22nd February - Italy v Scotland; K.O 14.15, Stadio Olimpico, Rome. TV: ITV SPORT
Round 4: Sunday 8th March - Scotland v France; K.O 15.00, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. TV:BBC SPORT
Round 5: Saturday 14th March - Wales v Scotland; K.O 15.15, Principality Stadium, Cardiff. TV:BBC SPORT + S4C
Scotland's 2020 Summer Tests
In the summer of 2020, Scotland are taking on an arduous tour of 2019 Rugby World Cup Champions South Africa and perennial winners New Zealand.
Saturday 4th July: South Africa v Scotland; South Africa (kick-off TBC)
Saturday 11th July: South Africa v Scotland; South Africa (kick-off TBC)
Saturday 18th July: New Zealand v Scotland; Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand (kick-off TBC)
Scotland's 2020 Autumn Tests
Also in 2020 the SRU have announced three home fixtures to be played at BT Murrayfield.
Weekend of 6th November: Scotland v Argentina; BT Murrayfield (kick-off TBC)
Weekend of 13th November: Scotland v Japan; BT Murrayfield (kick-off TBC)
Weekend of 20th November: Scotland v New Zealand; BT Murrayfield (kick-off TBC)
With two fixtures each against the Springboks and the All Blacks, 2020 will be a year to make or break Gregor Townsend's tenure as Scotland head coach. A positive showing against these world rugby heavyweights will certainly raise the team's confidence to new levels. if Gregor's young players can stand up, this will surely put them on a good curve building up to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
Scotland has taken part in every edition of the Rugby World Cup since it’s inception in 1987, with a best-placed finish of fourth back in 1991. In the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the Scots lined up in Pool A, alongside Ireland, Japan, Russia and Samoa. A disappointing loss against Ireland kicked off their campaign and a final-round loss to the magnificent hosts, Japan, saw Scotland exit at the pool stage for only the second time in their history at the tournament. However, finishing in third place gains Scotland automatic qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup which will be taking place in France.
Since 2013, Italian sports brand Macron has been official producers of the Scotland Rugby shirt, taking over from Canterbury, with telecommunications giant BT the latest Scotland rugby shirt and leisurewear sponsor.
The New Scotland Rugby kit from Macron, which was worn in the Rugby World Cup was released in July 2019. The release was eagerly anticipated as the RWC 2015 Scotland Shirt with Scottish Rugby Tartan side panels and details were one of the nations the best-selling tops ever.
The Scotland home Rugby World Cup kit was navy blue with Scottish Rugby Tartan featuring on the shoulder panels and collar, with navy shorts and white socks. The shorts also feature tartan panels to the side, along with a white Scottish Rugby crest, and the new Macron 'hero' logo. The '6 Nations' shirt came out at the same time, it is the same design but loses the RWC 2019 badge and gains the logo of sponsor BT across the chest.
The alternate shirt is all change with a new light blue colour for the but also features some small tartan details. The shorts for the away kit are also light blue, again with tartan panels, and the socks are a mixture of light and navy blue.
At First XV and Rugbystuff.com, we pride ourselves on stocking one of the widest collections of official Scotland Rugby merchandise. From Macron we have Replica Rugby Shirts, Players Bodyfit shirts as well as classic cotton rugby shirts, so something for every supporter. The extensive range also includes Jackets, Hoodies, T-Shirts, Polo-Shirts, Shorts, Track pants, Bags, Caps and Beanie hats.
From Gilbert you will find the official range of rugby balls - minis, midis, Size 5's and keyrings. In 2019 we had the arrival of the new Scottish Rugby tartan balls. Proving very eye-catching and popular so far.
From Bawbags you will find the official range of Scotland Rugby underwear, boxers for men and briefs for women. Designs featuring the thistle and tartan add a bit of fun under any kilt! All while raising funds for Cancer charities.
Another arrival for 2019 was the Scottish Rugby Taxi Board Game, the perfect mental test for any fan of the game in Scotland. It's officially licensed and makes a superb gift.
On the unofficial side, you'll find our own brand range of beanie hats as well as our collection of original t-shirts and hoodies, just that little bit tongue in cheek!!
Add the personal touch to any rugby shirt you are gifting with our in house service of custom rugby shirt personalisation. You can get the name or number of your favourite Scottish rugby player on the back of your Scotland rugby shirt, this starts at just £6 for and name or number, or £10 for both.