Former Scotland Club XV cap Murray Douglas is set to make his Super Rugby debut this weekend.
The Melbourne Rebels Head Coach Tony McGahan has named his team for the fourth round clash against the Chiefs at AAMI Park on Friday night at 7.45pm AEDT.
And Murray is likely to make his Super Rugby debut after McGahan named the uncapped second-row on the bench alongside hooker Pat Leafa who is set to make his 50th Super Rugby appearance for the Rebels.
It caps quite a journey for Murray.
At the end of the 2013/14 season, when he had performed well for Heriot’s in the top flight and earned two more Scotland Club XV caps to take his tally to four, he was keen to head abroad.
The former Kirkcaldy and Aberdeen Grammar man, now 27, said in an interview with The SCRUM last year: “When I was finishing up my legal traineeship I heard about the new National Rugby Championship starting up in Australia and liked the thought of heading out there and challenging myself to get into an NRC squad.
“To make that happen I was aware that I would have to play at least a season of club rugby and I joined Melbourne Harlequins who play in the Dewar Shield, the premier competition in Victoria.
“Playing with ‘Quins has been great. We won the Dewar Shield in 2015 for the third year in a row and I also made the Melbourne Rising squad – Victoria’s NRC team.
“The Dewar Shield is quite a physical competition and set me up well for the step-up to the NRC.
“Our Melbourne Rising squad of 33 consisted of 17 full-time Melbourne Rebels players and 16 players from the Dewar Shield.
“We made the semi-final of the competition, losing to Canberra Vikings up in Canberra, I managed to make five appearances and saw some decent places like Gold Coast, Manly and Canberra.
“After the NRC finished up at the end of October I got a bit of time off before doing a bit of pre-season with the Melbourne Rebels. Again it was really good fun.
“There’s a few difference between the rugby in Australia and Scotland. The set-piece is used as a means to re-start the game rather than a way to get penalties that you find in the UK.
“I am loving it over here.”
Murray has also previously represented a number of representative/select teams including the Caledonia Reds, the Co-Optimists and the PROJECX Waterboys.
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