Scott Murray (rugby union)
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|Date of birth||15 January 1976|
|Place of birth||Musselburgh, Scotland|
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||105 kg (16 st 7 lb)|
Preston Lodge High School|
|Rugby union career|
Scott Murray (born 15 January 1976 in Musselburgh) is a rugby union player who played at lock for Scotland and currently plays for French Pro D2 team Stade Montois. He was at one time the record caps holder for Scotland having represented them on 87 occasions, five of which as captain and playing at three World Cups. He has also toured with the Lions and won Scotland player of the season three times.
Scott Murray is a former Scottish school basketball international who attended Morgan Academy and Preston Lodge High School. He represented Scotland at every youth level and has played for Preston Lodge RFC and Edinburgh Academicals before moving to England to help Bedford win the Allied Dunbar Premiership Division Two (now the RFU Championship) in 1998 and gain entrance to the English Premiership.
He went on to play for Saracens and Edinburgh before joining French team US Montauban following the 2007 Rugby World Cup. In July 2010 he joined Castres after Montauban were liquidated due to financial problems.
He left Castres in June 2012 to join newly promoted Mont-de-Marsan based side Stade Montois. In December, with two years still left on his playing contract, he was appointed as forwards coach following a reshuffle at the club that saw previous coach Marc Dantin moved to other duties. Mont-de-Marsan were relegated from the Top 14 at the end of the season finishing bottom of the table having only managed to win two games.
His debut for Scotland came against Australia on 22 November 1997 and he won the 1998–99 Scotland player of the season in the year when Scotland won the final Five Nations Championship. Since then he has won this honour a further two times in 2001–02 and 2002–03 and gained selection for the British and Irish Lions in their tour of Australia in 2001, although he did not feature in any of the full tests.
Murray started all three Autumn Tests in November 2005 and became Scotland's most capped player of all time, when on 10 March 2007, he collected his 83rd Test cap, surpassing Gregor Townsend's previous record of 82 caps. He has collected another four caps since (the last being against the All Blacks in the 2007 Rugby World Cup) and held the national record until 14 June 2008, when Chris Paterson won his 88th cap.
Murray failed to make the initial 2008 Six Nations Championship squad, though he was later added but did not feature in any games.
During the Six Nations Scotland v Wales game at the Millennium Stadium on 12 February 2006 Murray was sent off by referee Steve Walsh after he perceived that Murray retaliatied by lashing out with his boot following a late tackle by Ian Gough. His sending off was seen as a decisive point in the game that Wales won 28–18.
He became only the second Scotland player ever to be sent off (the other being second row colleague Nathan Hines) and was subsequently banned for three weeks, after an unsuccessful appeal, meaning he would miss the upcoming Calcutta Cup game.
- "Scrum.com Profile". scrum.com. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
- "Scotland Profile". ScotlandRugbyTeam.org. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Smith, Duncan (10 December 2012). "Former Scotland lock Scott Murray gets coaching role at Mont-de-Marsan". The Scotsman. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- "Player archive: Scott Murray". lionsrugby.com. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- Murray gets three-week suspension, BBC, 15 February 2006
- Scotland appeal; red card eases Wales path to win, The Guardian, 13 February 2006
- Walsh the whistle ensures red is the colour of the day, The Guardian, 13 February 2006
- Red mist descends on Cardiff, The Scotsman, 13 February 2006
- player profile at www.lequipe.fr/