THE draw for the 2022-23 Men’s Scottish Cup has thrown up some mouth-watering first round fixtures, which are scheduled to be played on Saturday 4th February.  

The knock-out tournament – which has not been completed since 2019 due to Covid – will involve the 22 teams which populate the top two club leagues in the country (Premiership and National One), with 10 teams being given a first-round bye in order to create a 16-team second-round which is to be played on 25th March. 

One of the stand-out fixtures from today’s round one draw sees Hawick hosting Jed-Forest in a Border tussle at Mansfield Park. Elsewhere, GHK and Stewart’s Melville, the two sides which were promoted from National Two last season, will clash at Old Anniesland; while Biggar will feel they have a point to prove when they welcome Heriot’s Blues – who pipped them to promotion into the Premiership last season – to Hartree Mill. 

First Round – 4th February 2023: Aberdeen Grammar Rugby v Stirling County, GHK v Stewart’s Melville, Hawick v Jed Forest, Gala v Glasgow Hawks, Biggar v Heriot’s Blues and Musselburgh v Highland 

Byes: Ayr, Currie Chieftains, Dundee Rugby, Edinburgh Academical, GHA, Kelso, Marr, Melrose Rugby, Selkirk & Watsonian. 

Second Round – 25th March 2023: Dundee Rugby v Gala or Glasgow Hawks, GHK or Stewart’s Melville v Aberdeen Grammar Rugby or Stirling County, Marr v Watsonian, Currie Chieftains v Melrose Rugby, Selkirk v Musselburgh or Highland, Edinburgh Academical v Hawick or Jed Forest, GHA v Ayr and Kelso v Biggar or Heriot’s Blues 

Other Dates: Quarter Final – 1st April 2023, Semi Final – 15th April 2023, Final – 29th April 2023 (TBC).