Euan Alistair Murray became the 33rd player to reach the milestone of 50 or more caps for Scotland when he took to the field for the 2013 Calcutta Cup match at Twickenham.
He scored his first Scotland try in the 2007 Paris match against France, and his second followed in his next Test match, the World Cup warm-up win against Ireland in the Bank of Scotland Corporate International series in August 2007.
Beginning with the 2006 autumn Test against Romania at Murrayfield he was Scotland’s tight head in 24 out of 25 internationals, establishing himself as the cornerstone of the pack, with outstanding scrummaging performances in the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Tests against New Zealand and South Africa at Murrayfield in November 2008. His tight game against South Africa was such that, even in defeat, he earned the man-of-the-match award.
Injury kept him out of Scotland’s matches against Wales and France in the 2009 RBS 6 Nations Championship, but he was back as an influential tight head in Scotland’s 26-6 win against Italy at Murrayfield. He also played in Scotland’s later championship matches against Ireland and England. Selected for the 2009 British & Irish Lions, his tour was curtailed due to an ankle injury. but he returned to Scotland's front line for the second 2010 Six Nations game against Wales.
His first outing at the 2011 RWC, against Georgia in Invercargill, was one of his best performances to date as he helped power Scotland to a 15-6 win.
Power and poise
Euan’s first senior Scotland appearance was in the non-cap international win against the Barbarians in May 2005, and he went on to gain his first cap as a replacement against Romania in Bucharest 12 days later. But he had to wait more than a year before his first start for Scotland in the 48-6 victory against Romania in the Bank of Scotland Corporate international at Murrayfield in November 2006, and he continued at tight head in the two other matches of that autumn series as well as making his Six Nations debut in the Twickenham game against England on the opening day of the 2007 championship.
He went on to play tight in all five matches of that championship, with a particularly a significant role in Scotland’s scrummage command in the 21-9 victory against Wales at Murrayfield. Before the World Cup warm-up internationals he left Glasgow to join Northampton Saints. Euan travelled to Australia with the senior Scotland squad for the 2004 summer tour, but a thigh injury prevented him from taking part in any match on tour and he returned to Scotland early.
He has played for three of Scotland’s age-grade squads – under-18 in 1997-98, under-19 in 1998-99 (including the FIRA world junior championship in Wales), and under-21 in 1999-2000 (including SANZAR tournament in Auckland, New Zealand) and 2000-01. Euan, a member of the Scottish Institute of Sport, is a former pupil of Williamwood High School, East Renfrewshire, and a product of the Glasgow Southern club (now GHA), but he moved to Glasgow Hawks for the 2001-2002 season.
While with Southern, he played for Glasgow Schools’ under-16 team, visited New Zealand with the Glasgow Thistles’ development squad, and played in Glasgow teams who won the district under-18 and under-19 championships. In summer 2003 he was enlisted by Glasgow Rugby on a full-time professional contract, scoring a try on his Celtic League debut against Cardiff. His 2005-2006 season was fraught with injury, limiting him to only 17 outings. Even so, Scotland coach Frank Hadden continued to include him in Scotland training squads with a view to the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Euan first played professional rugby for Glasgow but has since represented Northampton Saints, Newcastle Falcons and Agen, before joining Worcester Warriors in November 2012. He will return to Glasgow, the team he left in 2007, for the start of the 2014-15 campaign.