City rugby legend dies at 56

CAPITAL rugby legend Bruce Hay has died after a long illness. The 56-year-old Boroughmuir stalwart passed away this morning after battling a brain tumour.

Hay, a hugely popular figure in Capital rugby circles, gained 23 caps for Scotland and played three Tests for the British Lions.

The full-back/winger, who worked as a pit electrician for the National Coal Board, also captained the Lions twice, against Country Districts and South East Transvaal, on the 1980 tour of South Africa.

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In May, his two former clubs, Liberton FP and Boroughmuir, staged a charity match at Kirkbrae Park with all the proceeds going to the Western General’s neurology unit, where Hay underwent treatment.

At the time, Hay said: “I had great days at Liberton and they opened the door for me to go on and represent the Lions.

“My highlight was being picked for Edinburgh against Glasgow in a play-off to decide the Scottish inter-district championship in the early 1970s."

Hay’s association with ’Muir led to the club staging a testimonial dinner in his honour with friends travelling from all across the UK to attend.

He said then: “That dinner was special because it proved to me how lucky I am regarding the fellowship that exists in rugby.”