Scotland great Gary Armstrong playing again at age of 51

1990 Grand Slam hero Gary Armstrong turned out for the Stewart's Melville third XV at the age of 51. Picture: Martin MacDonald
1990 Grand Slam hero Gary Armstrong turned out for the Stewart's Melville third XV at the age of 51. Picture: Martin MacDonald
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Gary Armstrong, a hero of Scotland’s Five Nations Championship triumphs in 1990 and 1999, made a surprise return to rugby at the weekend when he turned out for Stewart’s Melville’s third XV at the age of 51.

Armstrong played as a favour to old friend Finlay
Calder in the BT East Reserve League Division Two against Penicuik’s second XV at Inverleith.

Word had got out that the revered scrum-half was back in action after some cajoling from Calder, his former Scotland and Lions team-mate who runs the Stewart’s Melville thirds, and the crowd was bigger than usual.

Amongst those watching was another Jed-Forest and Scotland scrum-half great, Roy Laidlaw. Armstrong played 40 minutes for each team in the 78-35 victory for the hosts.