Euan Murray: Scotland prop explains decision to retire

By Phil GoodladBBC Scotland

Scotland's most-capped prop Euan Murray has spoken to BBC Scotland regarding his decision to retire from international rugby.

Euan Murray

The 34-year-old won the last of his 66 caps against Ireland in March.

International retirement means he will miss the upcoming World Cup.

"I've got a range of emotions [on retiring.]

"Sadness that the time's over and there's also excitement about the next step. I'm happy with my decision and it's been a really difficult thing to come to.

"But I think I've made the right choice."

On missing the World Cup

"I always wanted to play in this World Cup. When I had it in my sights, I thought, yeah, I could potentially get a third World Cup under my belt.

"It's so exciting to play for Scotland in such a big tournament. Because it's a cup, you've got the opportunity of doing something really special.

"But then we accidentally got pregnant; so that was a surprise and we're obviously delighted to be expecting our third child.

"The baby's due in August and Scotland have loads of warm-up games in August. If picked for the World Cup, I'd have to leave my wife Sarah with three children under four-and-a-half for six to eight weeks."

On being described as "world-class" by Scotland head coach Vern Cotter

"It's really kind of him to say that and I really enjoyed working with him.

"I've enjoyed working with loads of coaches over the years; it's been quite a journey, it's been fun."

Euan Murray

On staying with Glasgow Warriors next season

"Yeah, I'm hoping to play. Once we've got this season under our belts and hopefully win the league, I'll be able to get some clarity on what's going to happen."

On declining to play on Sundays for religious reasons

"It was a very difficult decision and it could've ended my career, but God has been kind to me and allowed me to have a longer career than expected.

"I'm just really grateful for the time I've been able to represent the people of Scotland at rugby.

"I'm really proud of the jersey and so happy to have been involved for so long."