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Bradley hails international career of Scottish great

Guinness PRO12 Editor

21 Dec 2011

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Michael Bradley today joined the tributes to legendary full-back Chris Paterson, following the record-breaking Borderer’s decision to retire from international rugby.

The most capped Scotsman in the history of the game, with 109 caps, amassed a record number of points for his country (809) in his 12 year international rugby career, which began against Spain in the 1999 Rugby World Cup – his first of four global tournaments, another record for the fans’ favourite.

Edinburgh Rugby head coach, Michael Bradley, said: “Chris Paterson is, and always has been, an exceptional athlete and a true servant of Scottish rugby. He has inspired thousands of youngsters to play rugby in Scotland with his outstanding on-field talent and off-field attitude.

“He is a model professional, whose dedication and commitment to the sport has kept him in peak physical and mental condition, allowing him to sustain a long and illustrious international career.

“Although Chris [Paterson] has called time on his international career, he will continue to contribute an incredible amount to Edinburgh Rugby, on and off the field, as an extremely valued player and as an exemplary professional example to the many talented youngsters at the club whose ambitions are to emulate his incredible achievements, in the Black and Red of Edinburgh Rugby and the navy blue of Scotland.”