On this day: Mike Blair retires from Test rugby

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Former Scotland skipper Mike Blair announced his retirement from Test rugby on this day in 2013, at the age of 31.

Blair revealed he would be quitting the international game to focus on his club career with new side, Brive, while allowing Scotland to bring in new scrum-half talent ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Led Scotland to victory in last Test

Six months earlier, Blair skippered his country for the 14th and final time, in a summer tour triumph against Samoa, before he decided to leave the Test arena despite being a regular for Scotland.

In a statement released by the Scottish Rugby Union, Blair said: “I’m in the very fortunate position of being able to decide myself when my international career ends. For me, that time is now.

“There is no doubt that moving our family to France has played a part in my decision.”

Scotland’s most-capped scrum-half, Blair represented his country on 85 occasions and was also selected for the British and Irish Lions.

He made a try-scoring debut for Scotland against Canada in 2002 after representing his country at schools, U19, U21, sevens and A levels.

He added: “I have enjoyed immensely representing my country for more than 10 years and will miss that exhilarating feeling of running out to a capacity crowd with the whole country behind you.

“The noise when leading the team out for the first time as captain at Murrayfield against England in 2008, when we won 15-9, still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up when I think about it.

“I want to thank everyone – my family, the Scotland management teams past and present, my team-mates and our supporters – for their enormous contribution to my international career. I have been very fortunate to have these people around me.”

Jamie Dobie itching to return to action

In other news, Glasgow Warriors scrum-half Jamie Dobie is itching to get back on the field after Covid-19 once again enforced postponements to the ever-changing schedule.

Ospreys travel to Glasgow on Saturday in the return of the United Rugby Championship following the postponement of the Warriors’ highly anticipated double-header against Edinburgh.

Glasgow’s hopes of building on a resounding 22-7 Champions Cup win over Exeter were halted by the rise in Covid-19 cases.

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