Newcastle Falcons sign Scottish prop Murray

Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that they have signed former Northampton Saints and British Lions and Scotland prop Euan Murray on a two and a half year contract.

The 30-year-old has been a free agent since his contract at Northampton Saints was terminated by mutual consent.

Capped by Scotland 34 times, the 6ft 1′ prop brings a wealth of experience to Kingston Park as the Falcons look to move up the Aviva Premiership table.

“I’m delighted with my move to Newcastle,” said Murray.

“I can’t wait to get stuck in and I’m really looking forward to pulling on the Falcons jersey. The move up to Newcastle was the best option for me and my family,” he added.

Murray had fallen down the pecking order at Franklin’s Gardens, with his refusal to play on Sunday’s due to his religious beliefs. And with the majority of the Falcons remaining games not falling on a Sunday, Newcastle head coach Alan Tait believes this is a great deal for the club.

“We’re delighted to sign a proven high quality tight head prop,” said Tait.

“Our preferred time to play our games is a Friday night and while some games do get moved for television, we will have Euan available for more games than we would most current international players,” he added.

Chairman, Dave Thompson is pleased to have snapped up the experienced front row man, saying: “The Board of Directors plus Alan have looked at the potential fixture lists very closely for the coming seasons, and with Saracens owning their ground next season it is likely that only Wasps and Irish will play their home games on a Sunday.

“You lose most internationals throughout the 6 nations, however, Scotland play England on a Sunday in the 2011 Six Nations and if we can re-arrange the Bath game for the Friday night of that weekend, then Euan would be available for that.”

“And with one of Scotland’s games at the Rugby World Cup on a Sunday, Murray will return to the north-east raring to go for the Falcons Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign,” said Thompson.

Of the remaining fixtures, Murray should be available for 10 of the Falcons 13 remaining Aviva Premiership matches.

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