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Murray ends Saints stay

Northampton have announced the departure from Franklin's Gardens of their Scotland international prop Euan Murray.

Saints say Murray has left the club by mutual consent and with immediate effect. The 30-year-old, who has won 35 caps and toured South Africa with the British and Irish Lions last year before injury cut short his trip, joined Northampton after the 2007 World Cup.

"I've enjoyed playing at Franklin's Gardens in front of its great supporters, and I will take a lot of happy memories with me," said Murray, in a statement released by Northampton. "I wish everyone at Franklin's Gardens all the best for the future."

He started all three of Scotland's autumn Tests against New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa last month.

Murray has been in a battle with South African Brian Mujati for the number three shirt at Northampton, with Mujati forging a formidable Saints front row alongside Soane Tonga'uiha and Dylan Hartley.

Saints rugby director Jim Mallinder added: "Euan is a big personality and has helped the club become competitive again at the top end of the Premiership and in Europe.

"He has played well for us and we have enjoyed having him here at Franklin's Gardens. We wish him all the best for the future."


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