Edwards: A Tribute To Bruce Hay

Edinburgh Rugby Club were greatly saddened by news of the untimely death of Scotland and Lions great Bruce Hay, who passed away earlier on in the week. Heavily associated with Boroughmuir and Liberton, Hay won 23 Scotland caps and played on two Lions tours during a long and illustrious playing career. Both Henry Edwards, our former interim head coach, and ex-Scotland international Peter Wright paid tribute to Hay, who was 57.

Edwards said: "It was with great sadness that we learned that Bruce Hay passed away on Monday, October 1 2007.
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"Bruce has been involved in rugby firstly as a player with Liberton and then Boroughmuir. He was very proud of the association he had with both clubs. Bruce worked in the coal mines when he represented Edinburgh and then went onto be capped for Scotland and the British Lions.
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"Bruce took up coaching at Boroughmuir, a club which he loved and a club in which he was simply "Mr Boroughmuir"._
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"Bruce has been the manager of the Scotland under-19 squad for many years, a role which he took very seriously and was proud to put something back in to support the development of many of the countries best young players.

"Many of the current Edinburgh squad players have benefited from Bruce's guidance and experience " Mike Blair, Simon Cross, Simon Webster, Ally Hogg, David Callam, Andy Kelly, Matt Dey and Steven Lawrie to name a few.
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"He loved the game and was a great friend to many, many people. If he was your friend he was your friend for life-he refused to let you fall out with him-even if you wanted to. As manager of the Scotland u19 squad his manager's cocktail hours were legendary._

"I am certain that I speak for all of the people who worked with Bruce either as players, coaches or medical staff when I say that he was a great person to have worked with, he was always there for the team and his contribution to the Scotland under-19 squad over the years is immeasurable.
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"Bruce had one pet hate ""chip kicks"-he could be often heard on the touchline at games, whether at his beloved Meggetland or at other grounds throughout the world shouting "nae chip kicks". His other favourite saying during his days as Boroughmuir coach was "bump and stay big" " many of the Boroughmuir people in the crowd against Ospreys will be familiar with these calls.
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"Bruce was a hard working, uncompromising player and made many friends in the process. He carried his work ethic into the many of the off field roles in which he was involved over a very long period of time. I know that the memberships at Boroughmuir and Liberton Rugby Clubs were very proud of Bruce and everything that he achieved.
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"Bruce was a family man and was very proud father when his wife Linda gave birth to their daughter Lynsey after a prolong period of 'trying". Our thoughts are with them all at this very sad time. Bruce will be sadly missed."

Wright also knew Hay very well and said: "He was a real inspiration and father figure to me and most of what I achieved in rugby and life, as with many other people who met him was down to Bruce. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten."