Arise, Sir Chris

Well, almost. It was announced today that Chris Paterson, Scotland’s record caps holder, has been recognised for his long and continuing service to the game with an MBE in the New Year’s Day Honours List.

Asked what he thought of the honour the 109 cap man said: “I’ve only ever focussed on playing well and doing the supporters, myself and my family proud. To be even nominated for this honour is something I would never have imagined. To be recognised in this way for doing something you love to do is a wee bit strange to be honest but it’ll be a nice reminder of what I’ve achieved in both club and international rugby.

“There are so many who have helped with my career, going all the way back to playing at Galashiels Academy.  Gary Parker and Garry Callander at Gala; Ian McGeechan, Jim Telfer, Frank Hadden, Mick Byrne and all the current Scotland coaching team. Through school rugby and my professional career Rob Moffat was a great mentor and inspiration and always available whenever I needed to chat something through with him.

“I’ve been fortunate to play with so many great players and I’ll never ever forget the cheers of those Murrayfield crowds.”

‘Mossy’ recently retired from international rugby but will continue to focus on playing for Edinburgh Rugby, watching over the sides run in the Heineken Cup and RaboDirect Pro12 from full-back. He has been the symbol of Scottish rugby for several years now and the entire rugby community including all of us here at Scottish Rugby Blog join in congratulating Chris on his outstanding career and this deserved award.

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Dundonian Alan has played rugby all over the world for various teams including Dundee High School, Heriot's and the Scottish Club International. Now writing from London he covers all issues international and unreported.