Scottish rugby side Edinburgh Rugby are about to get a huge cash boost after exceeding all expectations and reaching the semi finals of the Heineken Cup, the top tier competition in European rugby and the equivalent to football’s UEFA Champions League by defeating the French power house Toulouse 19-14 at home in the Murray Field Park in the quarter finals.
The club is guaranteed to pocket a cool £ 362,000 that they are due for reaching the knock out stages of the Heineken Cup which, potentially will double when they face Ulster in the semi finals of the competition at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Shared gate receipts and the prize money for reaching the semi finals of the Heineken Cup will translate to filling up of the coffers of the club and with the prospect of Michael Bradley’s side reaching the final of the biggest club competition in Europe, there is every chance that their earnings will break the £ 1 million barrier.
Not only the financial boost, Edinburgh Rugby which defeated the French giants in front of a capacity crowd of 37,881 at the Murray Field Park was singled out for praise by Derek McGrath, the former winger for the Ireland nation team who is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of European Rugby.
This comes as great news for Scottish club rugby as a whole which has not had many representatives in the semi final stages of Europe’s elite club competition in spite of the success of the national team.
However, this success of Edinburgh Rugby might just make the other clubs in the Celtic League feel that they could also replicate the efforts of Edinburgh which will only come as good news to the fans of club rugby in Scotland as well as for European rugby.