Edinburgh Rugby are setting their sights on a record attendance for a European quarter-final, having already sold over 30,000 tickets for their clash with Munster a week on Saturday.
Richard Cockerill’s men welcome the Irish outfit to BT Murrayfield on 30 March (12.45pm kick-off) in their last eight clash of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup.
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The capital club broke the original record in 2012, when 37,882 people made the trip to the national stadium, as a Mike Blair try and 14 points from the boot of Greig Laidlaw secured a memorable 19-14 win over Toulouse, and ensured Edinburgh became the first Scottish side to reach the semi-finals of Europe’s elite rugby union competition.
However, English side Saracens surpassed that number the following season by six, with 37,888 witnessing their win over Ulster at Twickenham the following season.
With 11 days left until the showdown, Edinburgh are within touching distance of breaking the record again and Head Coach Cockerill is hoping that rugby fans across Scotland come along to cheer on his team against the two-time European champions.
"He is a very important player in our wheel at this stage, his goal-kicking and the energy that he brings, he is a player that made a big difference to our team so we really hope he is going to be ready for Edinburgh."
“A lot of the players that stepped up for Scotland in the Six Nations are Edinburgh men, so weve got a good team and a forward pack thats able to dominate the opposition.
Hopefully well get a record crowd for the Quarter-Final next Saturday. We’ve got a team worth watching and we’ve shown we’re a good side. Come and support us. The boys deserve it,” he said.
"We’ll take it case by case," Van Graan said. "During the week there’ll be four or five guys joining back up. Next Monday the rest of the guys will be back."
Before that European clash, Edinburgh face other Irish opposition this Friday night, as they return to Guinness Pro14 action against Leinster.
Image: Murrayfield was also well attended for the 1872 Cup clash with Glasgow Warriors in December. Credit: Edinburgh Rugby
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I think its important that theyre mentally fresh and ready to go, that theyve regrouped. Weve been in communication with all of the lads during the Six Nations and everybody is keen to come back and look forward to the rest of the season with Munster.
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A hamstring injury meant Carbery missed Irelands last three Six Nations games, and after he linked up with Munster again yesterday, head coach Johann van Graan has ruled him out of this weekends Pro14 clash with Zebre at Thomond Park [KO 7.45pm, TG4/eir Sport].
Over 30,000 tickets have now been sold for the match on Saturday, March 30, which kicks off at 12.45pm.
The Capital club previously held the record for the largest crowd at this stage of the tournament when 37,882 people turned out for their match against Toulouse in 2012. English giants Saracens surpassed that figure the following year when 37,888 attended their tie with Ulster at Twickenham.
With the match against Munster fast approaching, head coach Richard Cockerill has urged Capital rugby fans to back his charges against the two-times champions.
A lot of the players that stepped up for Scotland in the Six Nations are Edinburgh men, so weve got a good team and a forward pack thats able to dominate the opposition, said Cockerill.
Hopefully well get a record crowd for the quarter-final next Saturday. Weve got a team worth watching and weve shown were a good side. Come and support us. The boys deserve it.