Former Scotland lock Scott Murray believes the signing of ex-England captain Chris Robshaw by San Diego Legio is an “amazing” coup for the club.
Murray was recently appointed Co-Head Coach alongside former USA internationalist Zack Test, and is looking forward to working with the 66-cap veteran back-row.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” he told SCRUM.
“I had a really good chat with him after it [his signing] was announced.
“He’s an incredible worker and he’ll fit right in with what we’re trying to grow here.
“He’s done it at the highest level and hopefully he can bring all that experience to San Diego Legion.”
Murray, who sits fourth on Scotland’s all-time caps list, behind centurions Ross Ford, Chris Paterson and Sean Lamont, also believes that the 34-year-old will have a similar impact on the side than Ma’a Nonu, the two-time Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks centre.
Nonu spent the 2019 season with San Diego, and Murray told SCRUM he had a huge influence on and off the field.
“Last year we had Ma’a Nonu, who came in and made such a difference to our culture and our play, and I believe Chris will do exactly the same.
“The things we lack in terms of attack breakdown and mental toughness – not that we weren’t tough, but we were quite a young team last year – he is going to tick all those boxes and that’s why we went for someone like him.”
“Ma’a was brilliant on the field but the stuff that he brought off the field was brilliant as well – Ma’a would take guys off and do their own analysis and American rugby isn’t really used to that yet. They are used to being coached, but we’re trying to get it coach-led but player driven.
“We want to put that responsibility onto the players, and we’re trying to create the environment for the guys to grow and learn as players, and it’s up to them to take it on.
“Ma’a drove that, and I’m sure Chris will when he comes over.”
And things are beginning to open up in San Diego, allowing Murray and Test – the former USA internationalist and national team 7s stalwart who was forced to retire after a “near death” injury suffered against Uruguay – to plot their Major League Rugby campaign for next year.
“Everything is opening up again, albeit with limitations and social distancing,” Murray explained.
“Everyone is being sensible, but we have to get back to living.
“It’s full steam ahead with planning for the MLR – there’s a lot of time before the season starts, but there’s a lot to do as well.
“We’re doing a lot of recruitment and then we’ll start into programming, so I’m going into the office two or three times a week, but Zack’s wife had a child this week and my wife had one two weeks ago, so it’s pretty hectic at the moment.”
Image caption: Former Scotland and Lions lock Scott Murray is delighted that he’ll be working with ex-England captain Chris Robshaw at San Diego Legion next season. Image courtesy San Diego Legion