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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Murrayfield, here we come

A RUGBY fan’s friends were battling it out for the chance to watch an RBS 6 Nations match live, writes EMMA PRESTON.

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SCRUM ON DOWN: Evening Mail competition winner Ian Collins (centre right) with his friends (from left) Les White, George Hartley and Al Rowley on their way to Edinburgh to watch England take on Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield today. Ian won a pair of tickets to the Calcutta Cup match JOE RILEY REF: 50029474B000

Ian Collins won an Evening Mail competition this week to bag two tickets to watch the Calcutta Cup clash between old rivals England and Scotland at Murrayfield this afternoon.

The win was the perfect birthday present for Ian, who turned 56 yesterday.

He and his drinking pals – all regulars at The Brown Cow, in Dalton – had always planned to make the trip to Edinburgh this weekend, but having tickets to see the match was the icing on the cake.

The keen England rugby union fan, of Goose Green, Dalton, said: “We go every couple of years – wherever England have an away match, we make a weekend of it.

“We usually go and see if we can get tickets when we’re there, and if we can’t, we just watch it in the pub.

“But luckily two of us will definitely have them this time.”

The only sticking point for Ian is choosing which lucky friend will get his extra ticket.

He said: “We’ll probably discuss it over a drink.

“It’ll be whoever shouts the loudest!”

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