WHILE Cameron Redpath (who withdrew from the senior Scotland squad yesterday with a neck injury) found himself in the middle of a very public tug-of-war for his rugby allegiance between Murrayfield and Twickenham before finally committing to parents’ homeland, younger brother Murray didn’t ever feel he had a decision to make.
“I’ve been involved with Scotland since under-16s and in the Exiles programme, so I’ve always been in and around it,” explained the 19-year-old, who returned from Covid to wear the No 9 jersey for Scotland Under-20s in their 26-13 loss to Wales in Colwyn Bay two Fridays ago. “I’ve never really turned my head towards anything else – I’ve been pretty happy with it all the way through. I’m happy to stay where I am.”
The age-grade side are back in action at the DAM Health Stadium this coming Friday night, and face another stiff challenge against a France team who will be desperate to bounce back after a frustrating 16-17 home defeat to Ireland in their last match.
The younger Redpath brother is one of over a dozen players in the current squad who were involved in Scotland’s under-20s Six Nations whitewash of 2021 and believes that the group is much better placed to be competitive this time round, despite two losses from two games played so far.
“The scores aren’t as big, which is nice,” he smiled. “Compared to last year, we’ve given England a tough time for 60 minutes, and Wales scored twice in the last ten minutes due to little things on our part, so that’s where we need to improve.
“The Wales game was really frustrating,” he added. “We spent most of the first half in their half, in their 22 actually, and it came down to our errors. We just couldn’t complete, couldn’t convert. It was our fault – we just didn’t really get over the line properly, our accuracy wasn’t there, and we gave away too many penalties.
“In the second half, they put us back in our corner with the wind. It was tough to get out of there and we didn’t manage it well enough. We messed up on their line too many times, they took their chances, we didn’t, so they won.
“We know we can win these games, and we should really win these games – but because of our own little errors and inaccuracy, we’re shooting ourselves in the foot. We’ve got so much potential, you can see it, we’re just not getting that last little bit.
“We need to go back to the drawing board, focus on it and fix it. It’s only us who can fix it, really.”
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While Cameron went straight from school into the pro game with Sale Sharks, before moving to Bath in the summer of 2020, Murray is currently in his second year studying marketing and management at Newcastle University. He isn’t involved in the local Falcons academy and insists that he has no long term rugby plans.
“I play for the uni team, we’re one division below the BUCS Super League and fighting to get promoted,” he explained. “We’ve got a good set-up at the uni, quite a lot of good lads and we’ve got a promising team for this year and next.
“I’m just trying to focus on getting my degree, there’s not a lot else in the pipeline. I’m just trying to play my best here with the 20s and see what happens.”
He might not have a route planned out, but that doesn’t mean the younger Redpath is uninterested in following his dad Bryan (who wore the thistle 60 times around the turn of the century) and older brother into the senior Scotland set-up.
“Being in the same place, you see them all training. You don’t see much, but you do get little glimpses. It motivates you for your own session. You know you can’t go in half-hearted because you have to fight to get better and better and hopefully be in their position one day.”