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Scotland’s most capped scrum-half and 2009 British & Irish Lions tourist Mike Blair today announced his decision to retire from rugby.
Blair, who made 85 appearances for his country – 14 as captain – in a glittering ten-year international career that featured three Rugby World Cups, will remain at Glasgow Warriors where he will take up a coaching role from the beginning of the 2016/17 season.
Speaking in an extended Scottish Rugby TV interview at BT Murrayfield, Blair said:
“I’ve got a lot of memories that will live with me for the rest of my life; beating England here a couple of times [2006 and 2008], beating France and also Australia away from home, and playing in a European Cup semi-final with Edinburgh. There are plenty of memories.
“I’ve had some magnificent players around me, I’ve loved my time representing Scotland, and it’s been a massive honour to play for all the teams over the years.
Of course it’s sad that it’s come to an end, but I’ve had a good stint.”