Scottish second-row Murray Douglas has joined Northland in New Zealand ahead of their Mitre 10 Cup campaign that starts late in August.

Murray’s Australian adventure started 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, as he was keen to head abroad.

The former Kirkcaldy and Aberdeen Grammar man went on to play for the Melbourne Harlequins and the Melbourne Rising.

Then he began training with the Melbourne Rebels and went on to appear for them in Super Rugby.

Really excited to play Mitre 10 Cup

The 27-year-old is now on the move to New Zealand and said: “I remember watching the Mitre 10 Cup on TV when I was back in Scotland and thinking it was really good quality rugby. To get a chance to finally play it is really exciting.

“You always watch the running rugby and think ‘right that’s the type of rugby I’d rather play’, instead of the European stuff where it’s set piece dominated.

“This opportunity came about quite quickly, I’ve been injured for most of the year, but was keen to play more rugby and was coming off contract, it has only been in the last month that this has all happened.”

Outside of rugby, the qualified lawyer told the club website that he is looking forward to enjoying what Northland has to offer – having already been impressed with the coastline’s beauty.

However, no surfing is on the agenda.

“I’m not much of a surfer, in Scotland you kind of learn to swim to survive if you fall in the water, but nothing more than that,” he laughed.

Northland’s first game of the Mitre 10 Cup season is at Toll Stadium against Bay of Plenty on August 20.


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