Murray recalls ‘great’ memories at Mansfield as he hangs up his boots

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FORMER Greens centre Cammy Murray this week announced his retirement from rugby.

Murray made the decision after helping Melrose clinch their second successive Premier One title last weekend.

And the 37-year-old ex-Scotland international credited his time at Mansfield Park as one of the highlights of his career.

A PE teacher at Berwickshire High School, he also played for Haddington as well as professional sides Edinburgh and the Border Reivers.

He said: “I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of things in my rugby career, whether at Haddington, Hawick and Melrose in the club game, and then playing for Scotland.

“I’ve got some great memories, winning the cup with Hawick, winning the league and promotion when I was a youngster at Haddington, and the back-to-back titles with Melrose.”

Spending 20 years in the senior ranks of rugby he earned 26 caps for his country and featured in the championship winning Scottish team of 1999.

Recalling that time, he said: “We really should have won at Twickenham and were gutted not to, but we bounced back well against the Irish before the amazing last weekend in Paris.

“We had good ball players in that team, the likes of Gregor (Townsend) and (Alan) Tait and when they got going they really got going. What a feeling it was to be part of a Scottish team that had won the championship. It was brilliant.”

He also played in the World Cup in 1999 against South Africa, Uruguay, Spain, Western Samoa and New Zealand.

Many will fondly remember Murray dancing past New Zealand’s Jonah Lomu as he scored a try in the World Cup quarter-final.

He played his last Test match in 2001 against Argentina.