The 41-year-old Englishman had been watching the Calcutta cup match in McQ's pub in Bannockburn yesterday. He left between 6.30pm and 7pm and was walking on a path near Murrayfield Free Church when he was attacked and racially abused by a man.
The victim did not see his attacker and has been unable to provide police with a description.
The victim is white, 6ft tall, with a large build and short greying hair. He has a number of tattoos on the right side of his neck.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the attack or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time it took place.
A police spokesman said: "Prior to the assault, the male victim had been within McQ's Public House, Bannockburn, watching the Scotland v England international rugby match.
"He then left the pub and made his way onto the footpath where he was approached by the suspect and assaulted and racially abused."
Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101.