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PICTURES: Scotland rugby legend Sean Lineen presents the prizes at Moray Rugby Club's end-of-season awards dinner


By Craig Christie

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MORAY Rugby Club had a special guest at their end-of-season awards dinner - a true Scotland international hero.

Lewis Scott won player of the year.
Lewis Scott won player of the year.

Sean Lineen, the original 'Kilted Kiwi' who played 29 times at centre for Scotland and starred in their famous 1990 Grand Slam triumph, was main speaker at the dinner at Mansefield Hotel in Elgin.

Sean Lineen oversees Moray/Huntly under-18s training before the final. Photo: James Officer
Sean Lineen oversees Moray/Huntly under-18s training before the final. Photo: James Officer

Lineen, now 60, also took rugby youngsters from Moray/Huntly under-15 and under-18 squads for training session on the morning of the dinner, ahead of their Caledonia Plate Final matches the next day.

The Scotland legend must have inspired the Moray kids, as the 18s went on to triumph and lift the trophy while the 15s valiantly lost out to a last-gasp try in their final on Sunday.

Lineen, a former head coach of Glasgow Warriors and now a Director for the Scottish Rugby Union, honoured some of the squad from Moray first team's squad superb season in Tennent's Caledonia North Region Division 2.

The former Scotland Grand Slam winner offered advice to the Moray and Huntly youngsters. Photo: James Officer
The former Scotland Grand Slam winner offered advice to the Moray and Huntly youngsters. Photo: James Officer

The club's annual dinner was attended by around 125 people including players, lady players, ex-players, friends of the club and a number of company and group tables.

Lineen was the main speaker alongside former rugby writer Peter Mitchell.

Sean Lineen presents the Most Improved Player of the Year award to Moray's Cameron Preece. Photo: Fraser Andrews.
Sean Lineen presents the Most Improved Player of the Year award to Moray's Cameron Preece. Photo: Fraser Andrews.

The awards were handed out with the senior Player of the Year trophy going to Lewis Scott.

Cameron Preece won the senior Most Improved Player of the Year and Calum Archibald collected the Players Player of the Year honour.

Morriston playing fields played host to a Scotland rugby legend. Photo: James Officer
Morriston playing fields played host to a Scotland rugby legend. Photo: James Officer

Before returning to Edinburgh, Lineen took time to visit Morriston, joined the walking rugby session for 15 minutes before helping out with the final training session for the Moray/Huntly under-18s.

Sean Lineen watches the young players in Elgin. Photo: James Officer
Sean Lineen watches the young players in Elgin. Photo: James Officer

He gave the squad some advice which put them in good stead for a 22-17 victory over The North on Sunday.

Moray/Huntly under-18s won the Caledonia Plate final. Photo: James Officer
Moray/Huntly under-18s won the Caledonia Plate final. Photo: James Officer

Unfortunately a club trophy double was denied at the death as Dunfermline scored a late try to earn a 29-27 success in the under-15s final.

A club spokesperson said: "To lose, when so close, is hard to take but congratulations to the team and coaches for making the final and putting up such a valiant effort.


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