Worcester Warriors axe marquee player Euan Murray

Warriors axe marquee player Murray

Warriors axe marquee player Murray

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MARQUEE player Euan Murray has been released by Worcester Warriors.

The Scotland international tighthead, who was the Sixways club’s highest earner, signed a new ‘long-term’ contract in January 2013.

Therefore, it appears both Warriors and the 33-year-old front-rower were able to come to terms on his early departure.

Due to his religious beliefs, Murray doesn’t play on Sundays, which wasn’t an ideal situation for director of rugby Dean Ryan.

On top of that, the veteran prop struggled for form and fitness for large parts of last season as he was dogged by a persistent Achilles problem, not to mention the infamous injury to his thumb suffered while chopping wood for a team barbecue.

Murray is the headline news among the list of 12 players who have today been confirmed as having left the club.

Departing players (destination in brackets): John Andress, Jeremy Becasseau (returns to Stade Francais), Chris Brooker (joining Bristol), Mariano Galarza (joining Gloucester), Paul Hodgson, Chris Jones, David Lemi (joining Bristol), Josh Matavesi (joining Ospreys), Euan Murray, Dean Schofield, Ed Shervington (joining Wasps), Semisi Taulava (joining Newcastle Falcons).

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8:40pm Thu 15 May 14

Small Town says...

Over this last season his religious beliefs appear to have stopped Murray playing on Fridays and Saturdays too... He's been shocking this term.

One off the wage bill at least, all we need now is Dean Ryan to forfeit a large chunk of his own pay for the debacle we had to endure and we'll be on a slightly more secure footing.
Over this last season his religious beliefs appear to have stopped Murray playing on Fridays and Saturdays too... He's been shocking this term. One off the wage bill at least, all we need now is Dean Ryan to forfeit a large chunk of his own pay for the debacle we had to endure and we'll be on a slightly more secure footing. Small Town
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10:01pm Thu 15 May 14

The Exile 22 says...

I really do not understand this anti Dean Ryan stance that people take. Completely unfair. I do agree that Euan Murray has performed poorly at times and it is open to question whether we got our moneys worth from him. In the list of players going, I would keep Galarza and Lemi, however there are a couple of others I would have also liked to see go.
I really do not understand this anti Dean Ryan stance that people take. Completely unfair. I do agree that Euan Murray has performed poorly at times and it is open to question whether we got our moneys worth from him. In the list of players going, I would keep Galarza and Lemi, however there are a couple of others I would have also liked to see go. The Exile 22
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8:44am Fri 16 May 14

rugbycoach says...

True, Dean Ryan inherited the players mostly and had no chance to forge his own combinations. That will change now although the Championship in reality does make a real comparison somewhat more challenging. If there is no return to Premiership then anti feeling would be justified.
True, Dean Ryan inherited the players mostly and had no chance to forge his own combinations. That will change now although the Championship in reality does make a real comparison somewhat more challenging. If there is no return to Premiership then anti feeling would be justified. rugbycoach
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7:30am Sat 17 May 14

One or Two says...

So much promise but so little substance, a shame to see he failed to deliver for whatever reason when we needed him most.
So much promise but so little substance, a shame to see he failed to deliver for whatever reason when we needed him most. One or Two
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2:29pm Mon 19 May 14

Bushi says...

You can't blame Dean Ryan for this year. From now on its his responsibility, this is now his squad
You can't blame Dean Ryan for this year. From now on its his responsibility, this is now his squad Bushi
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7:29am Wed 21 May 14

Wobbly Warrior says...

Why can't you blame Dean Ryan for this year? Every incoming coach inherits someone else's squad and they don't all get relegated with just two wins from 22!
Why can't you blame Dean Ryan for this year? Every incoming coach inherits someone else's squad and they don't all get relegated with just two wins from 22! Wobbly Warrior
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