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Calcutta Cup: Date, history, venue & how to watch

The annual Calcutta Cup match between England and Scotland is one of the most famous fixtures in international rugby union.

Competed for as part of the Six Nations, England have traditionally had the better of the duel but Scotland have dominated in recent years.

They have won twice away at Twickenham and once on home turf at Murrayfield to lift the trophy in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

The 2024 edition sees the Scots host the annual fixture in Edinburgh. It is to be played on Saturday 24th February and will be the second match of three to be played on the middle weekend of the Championship.

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Calcutta Cup date

The Calcutta Cup match is always played as part of the Six Nations and scheduled for either February or March, depending on the fixture list.

The last four editions have all taken place on either the first or second weekend of the tournament, with the dramatic 38-38 draw at Twickenham in 2019 the last time it was fought for in March.

Again, the 2024 Calcutta Cup match will be held in February, with Saturday 24th the assigned date.

Calcutta Cup time

The Calcutta Cup match's prestige means it usually takes the early Saturday evening slot on the schedule.

That is the case again in 2024, with the game set to kick off at 16:45.

Calcutta Cup venues

The Calcutta Cup takes place at either Twickenham Stadium in London or Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium.

In odd years, such as last year (2023), it is held at Twickenham with England hosting the event, while in even years, such as 2024, the game takes place at Murrayfield.

Therefore, the 2024 Calcutta Cup match will take place at the home of Scottish rugby, Murrayfield.

How to watch Calcutta Cup

Scotland's home matches in the Six Nations are all shown on the BBC, with the action available across the broadcaster's various platforms.

That means the 2024 Calcutta Cup will be shown on the BBC, but with ITV having the rights to England's Six Nations matches at Twickenham, the 2025 edition will be shown by that outlet.

Calcutta Cup odds

As of writing, there are no odds for the Calcutta Cup, with the oddsmakers likely to either offer them as Specials closer to the Six Nations or wait until after the opening two rounds before producing prices.

Punters may look to take guidance from other markets, with England 6/1 to win the Six Nations outright, while Scotland are 12/1.

It is also worth noting that a win in the Calcutta Cup can also help the victory in their quest to claim the Triple Crown, a competition played within the Six Nations between the Home Nations of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The winner can only take the prize by winning all three of their games against their fellow Home Nations and England are 9/2 to win the Triple Crown, with Scotland 16/1.

Calcutta Cup history

The Calcutta Cup was first awarded after a match played at Edinburgh's Raeburn Place in March 1879 and resulted in a draw. However, the pair's first meeting was at the same venue in March 1871 with Scotland prevailing.

Overall, England having claimed 71 victories to Scotland's 43, with 16 contests ending in a draw.

However, it is the Scots who have enjoyed the better of the rivalry in recent years, winning the annual match in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

These statistics relate to the annual games played as part of the Home Nations, Five Nations and Six Nations but the pair have also met twice at the World Cup, with England winning in both 1991 and 2011.

There was also a one-off centenary game played in 1971 to commemorate the original fixture. Just like their first ever meeting, Scotland emerged as the winners.

Calcutta Cup Head-to-Head

England wins71
Draws16
Scotland wins43

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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