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Northampton Saints Rugby Has Compatibility Issues

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21:  Euan Murray of Northampton Saints during the Guinness Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Harlequins at Franklin Gardens on November 21, 2009 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Rory BaldwinCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2009

Rumours are circulating that Euan Murray may be set to confirm a new found unwillingness to play his rugby on a Sunday, which would rule him out of selection for the tournament opener against France.

In the past, he has been uneasy on the matter or injury has ruled him out, but both the Saints and the man himself (that’s Murray, not God) are so far unwilling to comment on the matter.

While Murray is undoubtedly one of the top props in the world, this puts Andy Robinson in a bit of predicament going in to his first Six Nations in charge of Scotland. Can he pick someone else—Moray Low, Geoff Cross—without them feeling they are only a placeholder until there is a game on the right day for Murray?

You have to hope that anyone who is put in for that match against France will remain there throughout the tournament if they play well enough. But then again Murray does give us an edge in the scrums. Or will Robbo put the foot down and leave him out altogether a la Simon Taylor? Robbo vs. God, it’s an interesting battle.

There is an old interview done before the previous Six Nations where Murray talks a fair bit about his faith on the Scotsman site that also offers an amusing—in hindsight—Six Nations preview and even some measured debate in the comments.

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