Once a Warrior 2017: Part 2 – The Centurions (Backs)

Sean Lamont

Appearances – 116
Tries – 30

Debut – Cardiff Blues at Hughenden, 5/9/03
Last game – Edinburgh at Scotstoun, 6/5/17

It was a pretty extraordinary career for Sean Lamont. 105 Test matches for Scotland; 116 games for Glasgow; add in Northampton and Scarlets and he had 347 top level appearances to his name across 14 seasons. 14 seasons when he never gave anything less than maximum effort. Sean was an incredibly durable and consistent presence for clubs and country through the years.

Even at the grand old age of 36 his fitness levels and work ethic still hadn’t diminished and he was still scoring tries, with his most prolific season for 5 years in 2016/17. His 30th, and final, score for Glasgow came against Connacht in April.

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Sean set standards wherever he went with his conditioning and attitude and he most definitely earned his place in Centurion Way across his 2 spells with the Warriors.

Moved to – Retiring from playing and joining up with the Scottish Rugby Academy (Glasgow & the West) as strength and conditioning coach.

Peter Murchie

Appearances – 116
Tries – 16

Debut – Munster at Firhill, 4/9/09
Last game – Zebre at Scotstoun, 14/4/17

Peter Murchie joined in 2009/10 just as Sean Lineen’s first squad was peaking and immediately before the rebuilding exercise that would follow a whole raft of departures over the following 2 seasons. Initially deployed at centre Pete formed a good partnership with Graeme Morrison. The thing that really stood out about Murch was his ability under the high ball – valuable currency with Dan Parks starting at 10! Peter has probably only been second to Bernie Stortoni in this aspect of the game for Glasgow so it was no real surprise to see him move to full back once the legendary Argentinian retired. From 15 he was a rock-like presence when needed.

As one of the Warriors most consistent players he was often the go to guy for Gregor Townsend, most famously keeping Stuart Hogg out of the side for the playoff semi-final and final in 2013/14. One of his biggest moments at Glasgow would have to be being named as captain for the RWC period – unfortunately injury intervened in the 2nd game of his tenure causing him to miss out on leading the team through the rest of a challenging period for the club.

Moved to – Retiring from playing and kicking off his coaching career with Stade Nicois.

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