Professional rugby union is set to return to Scarborough after Yorkshire Carnegie announced they’ll play at Silver Royd again in December.
Over 1,000 fans flocked to Scarborough RUFC last season to watch Carnegie suffer defeat against Rotherham Titans in the British & Irish Cup, and the Leeds-based side are set to tackle London Scottish at Silver Royd in the same competition on Sunday December 13.
Scarborough RUFC chief executive Graeme Young is delighted that the club have managed to attract another ‘showcase fixture’ to the town.
Young said: “Last year’s game was huge success and we attracted the largest crowd in the week’s British & Irish Cup games, so I think that contributed to them coming back again this season.
“It’s always been the ambition of the club to attract these showcase fixtures, while also focusing on developing our senior teams and the area’s young players too.
“So to be able to bring professional rugby union back to the club again is a great coup.”
The fixture could yet be switched to either Friday 11 or Saturday December 12, but Young is sure the game will be played on Sunday 13, which he hopes will add to the occasion.
He added: “There isn’t much professional rugby played on a Sunday so hopefully we can attract a big crowd again this season.
“Having this game in Scarborough will hopefully do a good job of raising awareness of the sport in the area, especially after the disappointment of the World Cup.”
In addition to Carnegie’s senior side, the club’s under-18s will also be heading to the coast for a fixture.
They’ll be in action prior to Scarborough’s home clash against Heath on Saturday December 19, kicking off at 1pm.
Under-18s will get in to the Carnegie v London Scottish clash free of charge and corporate packages will also be announced shortly.