Michael Mcnaughton

Scottish Rugby was saddened to learn of the death of former Scotland under-18 centre Michael McNaughton in a road accident in Perthshire this week.

McNaughton, 24, powerful and hard-running, helped the Aberdeen school, Robert Gordon’s College, to the final of the Scottish Schools Cup in 2006 where he played alongside Scotland and Glasgow Warriors stand-off Ruaridh Jackson.

The pair were also an integral part of the Robert Gordon’s College team that won the Scottish Schools 7s, defeating Selkirk High School in the final on the international pitch at Murrayfield in 2006.

Jackson said today: “We have lost an extremely talented young man and friend.  He was a great athlete and I shared many great memories with him on and off the rugby field that I will never forget – most notably reaching the Scottish Schools Cup Final and winning the Schools’ 7s at Robert Gordon’s.

“We have lost an extremely talented young man and friend.

“He also gained a first in law from Aberdeen showing his talents were more than just sport. I’d like to say how sorry I am that he is gone and send my love and condolences to his family who will be devastated at this sad time. RIP Mike.”