Espoo Rugby takes on Kuopio in season opener
Espoo Rugby plays their opening match of the 2019 season this Saturday, when they take on Kuopio Rugby Club.
It's the Ice Bears' first game at Otaniemi since going all the way to the Division 1 finals last autumn, and a welcome return to their home turf.
Espoo's captain on Saturday Mika Närhi played his first game for the club exactly five years ago this weekend, on the same pitch against the same opponents, and says the whole team is looking forward to the match.
"The players have been working hard during the off season, and it helps to have stability within the team, practicing with the same core group and improving year after year" says Närhi.
"We all know there will be no easy games ahead, and Kuopio are a strong team coming down from the Championship with a lot to prove this season" he adds.
The two sides have met three times before, with Espoo winning one of those encounters, and Kuopio winning twice.
The game kicks off at 14:00 at Otaniemen Urheilukenttä.