Tony Stanger reveals pain of scoring Grand Slam-winning try

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The scorer of one of the most celebrated tries in Murrayfield history has revealed how he almost missed the game that gave him a place in Scottish rugby folklore.

Tony Stanger, now 46, touched down when Scotland defeated England in the Grand Slam decider in 1990.

Now head of talent at the Scottish Institute of Sport, Stanger told this week’s Rugby Paper: “It was probably touch and go as to whether I should have played. Between the win over Wales in Cardiff and the Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield I’d played for Hawick. My collarbone popped out and I was in a lot of pain.

“The next day I was in agony and barely able to lift my arms above my shoulders. I was desperate to play, though, and the adrenaline of a big match got me through. It was ironic that, for the match-winning try which most people still remember me for, I had to raise my arms up in the position that was the most painful to catch the ball as it bounced back from Gavin Hastings’ kick.”