On Wednesday evening, London Scottish will play host to the oldest Varsity Game in the world when the University of St Andrews takes on the University of Edinburgh (8pm kick off).
The Scottish Varsity game is the highlight of the season for two University Rugby clubs that between them can boast a number of players who went on to represent the British and Irish Lions. Simon Taylor, Chris Cusiter, Gregor Townsend, Chris Patterson, Andy Irvine, Chris Rea and Tyrone Howe all represented their Alma Mater in this fixture, before going on to be selected to tour with the Lions.
In the line up on Wednesday, two players in particular look best equipped to carry on this illustrious lineage. Jamie Morrison, younger brother of Scotland centre Graeme, will be leading the University of Edinburgh out onto the field. Opposite him will be Jamie Irvine, son of former British Lion and the 2013 Lions Tour Manager Andy, who will be captaining St Andrews.
Sir Ian McGeechan will also be in attendance on Wednesday, adding to the Lions connection.
This combination of the rivalry between the two sides and the intrigue of watching players from the Scottish University rugby elite means that the Scottish Varsity game is always an engrossing contest. In the past, this fixture has been something of a production line for international players, and this one looks like being no different.
Everybody who pre-registers for free, fast-track tickets from www.londonscottish.com will be entered into a draw to win a signed British and Irish Lions shirt. Entry will also be free on the night, so bring your University friends down, and cheer on