Gordon Mackay

Scottish Rugby is saddened to learn of the death of the former Scotland under-21 and Scottish Schools internationalist Gordon Mackay. He was 39. Mackay, a rumbustious back-row forward, enjoyed a long and distinguished career playing his club rugby for Glasgow Accies, Stirling County and Glasgow Hawks. He was a member of Hawks' league and cup winning side of 1997-98.Scottish Rugby is saddened to learn of the death of the former Scotland under-21 and Scottish Schools internationalist Gordon Mackay. He was 39.

Mackay, a rumbustious back-row forward, enjoyed a long and distinguished career playing his club rugby for Glasgow Accies, Stirling County and Glasgow Hawks. He was a member of Hawks' league and cup winning side of 1997-98.

He played in 17 games for the Glasgow pro-team in the first three seasons of professional rugby in Scotland including an appearance as a replacement in Glasgow's first-ever European game - the victory over Newbridge in the European Conference in 1996. He also enjoyed pro-rugby in Lyon in France before injury ended his playing career.

He won one Scotland under-21 cap, against Wales at Millbrae, Ayr, in 1990 having earlier represented Scottish Schools against their French counterparts in Poitiers in 1986.

Last season, alongside Donald Reid, he took over the coaching duties at Glasgow Accies and steered the club clear of relegation from Scottish Hydro Electric National League Division 2.

Glasgow Accies rugby chairman, Gordon Wilson, said: "The leadership given by Gordon was immense and the club is determined that the groundwork laid by Gordon and Donald will take the club forward this coming season."

Scottish Rugby extends its sincere condolences to Gordon Mackay's family and friends.