Final could be last time Murray Douglas plays for Heriot’s

Murray Douglas (2nd from left)
Murray Douglas (2nd from left)
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Heriot’s second row Murray Douglas admits Saturday’s Scottish rugby cup final against Glasgow Hawks at Cumbernauld’s Broadwood Stadium could be his last for the club.

The 24-year-old, who captained the Scottish clubs international team earlier this season, is contemplating a move to Melbourne where he hopes to break into the professional scene.

“My traineeship with a law firm in Edinburgh is up in August and my girlfriend has just taken up a job as a junior doctor in Australia.

“So if I am going to move this would be an ideal time,” said Douglas, who also acknowledges rugby reasons behind a possible switch.

“In 2012 I went out to play in New Zealand for the Petone (Wellington) club.

“My old coach there has kept in touch even when he joined the Melbourne Rebels development staff. He asked for my rugby CV to be sent out and if there is nothing available for me in professional rugby in this country then I will look to give it a go out in Australia.”

Douglas, who started at Kirkcaldy then moved to Aberdeen during his university days before linking up with Heriot’s, has been a member of the Scottish clubs’ representative team for the past two years.

Using that platform, Douglas has demonstrated extraordinarily high work-rate and dexterity which would fit in well at Edinburgh where a vacancy has opened due to Izak van der Westhuizen returning home to South Africa.

“Murray is the best line-out forward in the club game by a mile,” said Heriot’s coach Phil Smith.

“If he doesn’t get a pro-contract we will lose him abroad. He has all the skills to make it in the pro game and maybe just needs a little more muscle.”

That is for the future and Douglas insists he is focused on trying to bring the Cup back to Goldenacre by avenging one of the more bizarre defeats of the league campaign.

Last month, Heriot’s scored five tries at home to Hawks but ended up losing 31-38.

“There was plenty of fast, open rugby in that game and I’m sure Saturday will be the same, especially on an artificial pitch,” said Douglas.

To adjust, Heriot’s have trained on a similar surface at Murrayfield and have a session planned at Peffermill tonight.

Douglas added: “I’m sure it could be a bit different compared to when we edged past Aberdeen Grammar in the semis.

“There was a lot at stake and we felt we had a bit more to lose having beaten them twice in the league.

“It was hardly a polished 
performance and hopefully this next one will be better.”