Rory Lawson forced to retire

Former Scotland captain Rory Lawson pictured in 2009. Picture: SNS Group

Former Scotland captain Rory Lawson pictured in 2009. Picture: SNS Group

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Rory Lawson, who showed the courage of his convictions by moving out from under the shadow of Mike Blair at Edinburgh in order to try to gain more recognition and was eventually rewarded with 31 Scotland caps, has been forced to retire from rugby, aged 32.

The 2003 Heriot’s Scottish Cup winning captain and scrum half, has called it quits due to a wrist injury and may now try his hand in commentary where his grandfather, Bill McLaren, gained international renown.

“One ambition has been to try my hand at broadcasting,” said Rory, who captained Scotland five times and had a lengthy spell at Gloucester before moving to Newcastle.

He added: “Hopefully I’ve inherited at least a couple of my Papa’s genes, so you never know.”

As well as leading Scotland in the World Cup Lawson, son of ex-Test scrum half and SRU president, Alan Lawson, enjoyed one of his proudest moments skippering the national side to a 21-17 victory over then world champions, South Africa, at Murrayfield in 2010.