Euan Kennedy Entertains Linlithgow Rugby Club Memories Group
On Monday, former Scotland internationalist Euan Kennedy was guest at The Linlithgow Rugby Club Memories Group meeting (online via Zoom). Euan gave an excellent presentation mixing his personal rugby memories with a good serving of humour.
Hailing from Tranent, Euan played all his senior career as an amateur for Watsonians from 1972-1988 as a member of their 1st XV, starting at full-back, but moving to inside centre, where he played alongside fellow Scotland centre David Johnston. He continued to play rugby up to the age of 47, travelling as a guest on numerous occasions to play in the Bermuda international sevens, where he came up against top international players.
Euan made his Scotland debut as a 28 year old against the All Blacks at Murrayfield in 1983 – a game that finished in a 25-25 draw, with Peter Dodds’ late attempted conversion of Jim Pollock’s try adjudged not given by the Touch Judges, although many in the ground thought it was good! His first 5 Nations’ match was a 18-9 win at Cardiff against Wales, followed up by an 18-6 home win against England, when he scored a try before being carried off with torn ligaments in his right knee. Not a bad start to an international career – a draw against the All Blacks and wins against Wales (in Cardiff) and England!
At 6 foot 4 inches, Euan reckons he would have had the physique well suited to professional rugby, with modern diet and S&C work bulking him up to be a bigger centre than even Jamie Roberts!
Euan continued his interest in rugby after his playing days, first as Scotland U18 Manager for many years and now as the leading light in Watsonians’ Super 6 franchise. He said that initially he hadn’t been a fan of Super 6, but had been persuaded by Sean Lineen and was now a convert, as it has already brought 30 young players back to Scotland, who had previously left Scotland to further their rugby career. Two young players who have impressed him at Watsonians and are now embarking on full professional careers are Connor Boyle (Edinburgh) and Rufus McLean (Glasgow).
Asked who his most challenging opponent / best player he played against, he didn’t hesitate – Philippe Sella, the former Agen centre capped 111 times by France was his answer.
A big thanks from all at the Memories Group to Euan Kennedy for entertaining all 42 of us participants on Monday.