Guinness PRO12: Glasgow Warriors prop Euan Murray joins Pau

Former Scotland tighthead is the latest international player to join newly-promoted Top 14 club

Euan Murray has joined newly-promoted Top 14 club Pau on a two-year deal.

The 34-year-old tighthead prop, who called time on his Scotland career last month after he became their most-capped prop with 66 appearances, is the latest experienced international snapped up by the Pro D2 champions for their return to France’s top flight in 2015/16.

Led by former Munster backs coach Simon Mannix, La Section have already signed All Blacks centre Conrad Smith and utility-back Colin Slade, who will head to the Pyrenees-Atlantiques in November after the Rugby World Cup.

Emerging Ireland back-row forwards Paddy Butler and Sean Dougall are also among the players already confirmed as heading to the Stade du Hameau to link up with former Munster team-mate James Coughlan, who made the same move last season.

Mannix believes Murray’s experience at the highest level will be a boost to the club on their first season in France’s top flight since being relegated at the end of the 2005/06 season.

“We are very pleased to welcome Euan, who is an experienced prop, into our squad,” Mannix said.

“He knows the highest level of the game and will be a bonus for our pack.”

It will be a second spell in France for the much-travelled forward, who spent the start of the 2012/13 season on loan at Agen before joining Worcester Warriors from Newcastle Falcons.

Following Worcester’s relegation from the Aviva Premiership in 2014, he returned to his hometown club on a one-year deal, making 10 appearances as he helped the Warriors reach a second successive Guinness PRO12 final, where they became the first Scottish club to win the title.

UPDATE – Tuesday AM:

The Warriors confirmed Murray’s departure the day after he was unveiled as the newest acquisition by La Section.

Murray thanked everyone at the club for their part in his development in a statement, but he did not make reference to the reasons for his move to France.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to play for Glasgow Warriors this past season and over the years,” Murray said.

“Returning to the club and the city, after almost seven years away, it’s incredible to see how much the Warriors have developed both on and off the field.

“There’s a special culture that exists at Scotstoun and I’m honoured to have been a part of the title-winning squad this season.

“I would like to thank everyone at Glasgow Warriors who have helped with my development and career, and I wish them all the very best in the future.”

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