W.C.W. Murdoch

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William Copeland Wood Murdoch (3 October 1914, Old Kilpatrick - October 1987, Helensburgh[1]) was a Scottish international rugby union player who played at full-back.

He was capped a total of nine times, but there was an extremely long hiatus in his career due to the Second World War - he gained his first cap in 1935, and his last in 1948.[1][2] He gained four caps in the 1947-48 season.[2] This gives him one of the longest international careers on record.[3] Only he and W.B. Young were capped on either side of the War.

In later life, he became a referee.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c Player profile on scrum.com. Retrieved 15 February 2010
  2. ^ a b Cotton, p75
  3. ^ Jones, pp56,57