Euan Murray

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Euan Murray
Full name Euan Alistair Murray
Date of birth (1980-08-07) 7 August 1980
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 118 kg (18 st 8 lb) [1]
School Williamwood High School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Glasgow Southern
Glasgow Thistles
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Glasgow Warriors
Northampton Saints
Newcastle Falcons
Worcester Warriors
Glasgow Warriors
correct as of 9 January 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British and Irish Lions
66 (10)
correct as of 21 March 2015.

Euan Murray (born 7 August 1980) is a Scottish rugby union footballer, currently playing for Pau in the French Top 14.

He started his career with Glasgow Warriors before playing for a number of clubs including Northampton Saints, Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors. He also plays for the Scotland national team. His usual position is tighthead prop.



Murray played most of his club rugby with Glasgow Southern (now known as GHA after amalgamation with Hutchesons’ Aloysians) before he went on to join Glasgow Hawks and then a professional contract with Glasgow Warriors.[2] He was named in the Pro12 Dream Team at the end of the 2006/07 season.

Murray joined Northampton Saints in 2007. In December 2010, it was announced that Murray would be leaving Northampton by mutual consent and with immediate effect.[3] He subsequently joined Newcastle Falcons.[4]

On 4 October 2012 Worcester Warriors announced that Murray would be joining them effective from November 2012.[5] During the 2013/14 season, Murray seriously injured his thumb in a freak accident during a team-building exercise at Sixways.[6]

He rejoined Glasgow Warriors in June 2014 on a one-year contract.[7]

In June 2015, it was announced that Murray had signed a two-year contract with Pau in France.


In 1998 he played for Scotland under-18, and the following year he enjoyed a victory against England in the IRB Junior World Championship match at Pontypridd, Wales. Subsequently, between 1999 and 2001, he was capped 13 times in under-21 internationals.

His senior Scotland career began with his debut against Romania in Bucharest in 2005.

He was a part of their 2007 Six Nations squad, and scored a try in their final game against France. Murray was picked for the Lions tour to South Africa in 2009. He was one of only 2 Scottish players originally selected, the other being Nathan Hines. Scotland captain Mike Blair and fellow front rower Ross Ford were later called up as replacements.

Murray retired from international rugby in May 2015, 4 months prior to the RWC, citing the close timing of the tournament with his wife expecting their third child. He amassed 66 caps for Scotland, and retired as Scotlands' most capped tighthead prop. Murray also was on the Lions tour to South Africa in 2009, but missed out on test selection due to injury suffered in the warm up matches.

Personal life

In 2009, he announced he would no longer be playing on Sundays, out of his commitment to the Christian Sabbath, prompting comparisons to Eric Liddell.[8][9]

Murray is a qualified vet.[10]


  1. "Aviva Premiership Rugby – Newcastle Falcons". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  2. "Euan Muray Honured By Gha | Scottish Rugby Union". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  3. Wearmouth, Chris (10 December 2010). "Murray leaves the Saints". Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  4. "Euan Murray: Glasgow Warriors return for Scotland prop". BBC. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  5. Euan Murray joins Worcester Worcester Warriors Official Website
  6. BBC website
  7. "Euan Murray: Glasgow Warriors return for Scotland prop". BBC. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  8. Scotland star Euan Murray explains why he won't play rugby for Scotland on Sundays. The Daily Record. Retrieved on 2011-10-01.
  9. Ferguson, David (16 December 2009). "Christian beliefs rule Euan Murray out of Sunday encounter with France". The Scotsman. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  10. Daily Telegraph website
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