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SUPPORTERS CATCH THE EARLY BIRD



Scotland's three professional rugby teams - Border Reivers, Edinburgh Gunners and Glasgow Warriors - have launched their great value season tickets at Murrayfield today

The 'Early Bird' offer, which includes all Celtic League and Heineken Cup home fixtures, as well as the pre-season friendlies is available until 15 August so fans should sign up quickly to make sure they guarantee the best deals and their own seats at Netherdale, Murrayfield and Hughenden. Not only that, but when they buy an adult season ticket, they can get a child's season ticket absolutely free, PLUS their ticket gains them free entry to all Scotland age grade internationals.

Keith Grainger, Scottish Rugby Commercial & Marketing Director in charge of the pro-teams, said: "What the three teams are offering here is exceptional value for money with the Early Bird prices. Supporters can save up to £111 at the top level purely by buying their season ticket before 15 August. Scottish pro-team matches are great events for all the family and are readily affordable, especially if the Early Bird offers are taken up. Students, for example, would be daft to pass up the amazing £25 deal - what a bargain!"

Supporters can get the chance to see their favourite Scotland players as well as the stars of the RBS 6 Nations, not to mention some All Blacks and Pacific Island leading lights for as little as £99 for the Gunners and Warriors and only £79 for the Reivers for the season - that's an amazing £7 (£6 for the Reivers) per game - all that plus KIDS GO FREE (with every adult season ticket)!

In one of the best value deals around in any sporting or entertainment event in Scotland, students and under 18s 'Early Bird' offer means that for only £25 (£19 for Reivers' games), they can have a full season of watching the likes of Chris Paterson, Jon Petrie, Chris Cusiter, Gavin Henson, Brian O'Driscoll, Johnny Wilkinson, Xavier Garbajosa and Jason Robinson for less than £2 per match - a bargain by anyone's standards!

The 2005/06 Celtic League season looks to be the most exciting yet with some 23 Celtic League stars represented the Lions in New Zealand and more than 3000 test caps in total have been earned by Celtic League players, highlighting the exciting mix of world class experience and the best young talent in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

In the Heineken Cup the Gunners face the 2004 and 2005 English Premiership champions London Wasps as former Scotland coach Ian McGeechan returns to Murrayfield with his new side. Toulouse will return to the site of their 2005 Heineken Cup Final victory last May and Llanelli Scarlets complete what is widely recognised as the most competitive pool in the tournament.

The Warriors were Scotland's top seed for the Heineken Cup pool stages as the leading Scottish side from the 2004/05 season. Having beaten fellow pool five opponents Leinster and Bourgoin at Hughenden previously, the Warriors sights are set on reaching the knock out stages. In addition to the Irish and French challengers, previous Heineken Cup winners Bath also provide formidable opposition.

The Reivers face a mouthwatering pool in the European Challenge Cup. Newcastle Falcons are the opponents in an intriguing cross border derby. Former Heineken Cup winners Brive from France and L'Aquila from Italy complete arguably the most competitive pool in the tournament.

Supporters can secure their season ticket today by visiting: www.scottishrugby.org/tickets or by calling: 0131 346 5100.