86 year old

86 year old Brechan Bruce player Alastair Urquart, who has been playing rugby since he was 8, has confirmed he’s ready to hand up his boots just yet.

Alastair along with his Brechan Bruce teammates are gearing up for another season of rugby with a trip to France planned in the near future after the success of their game against Italian side Reggio Emilia.

Brechin Bruce get back to competitive action on August 16 in Tillycoultry at the Scottish Golden Oldies Festival where 15 teams are expected to compete – with keen player Mr Urquhart ready to lace up his boots and play.

The team are set to take on the veterans on Toulouse in France after accepting an invitation from Reggio Emilia.

Bruce manager Gary Robertson said today: “Toulouse are arguably one of the finest rugby clubs in Europe having won the Heineken Cup four times and it is a great honour for the Brechin team to be invited to such a prestigious club in France which will likely field a team with a few ex-professionals and possibly three or four former French caps in their ranks.

“The match will take place at the 19,500 capacity Stade Toulousain as a warm up to the Top 14 Rugby Union match between Toulouse and Toulon.

“It is an indication of how popular the team is becoming and the way that they play the game in the expected manner of Golden Oldies Rugby, which, whilst very competitive, is also about players continuing in the fun, friendship and fraternity that rugby has to offer.”

Mr Robertson said the Reggio Emilia veterans will also be coming over to Scotland to play Brechin Bruce in a rematch in June 2015.

Mr Urquhart shot to local stardom after putting in a man of the match performance with the Brechin lads when they took on the Italian side for the first time in February.

The Edinburgh man helped set up one of his team’s two tries with a sensational interception and pass, which left the 200-strong crowd at the match ecstatic.

The OAPs antics in Italy attracted local newspaper interest and the attention of rugby fans on the internet, who took a shine to the 85-year-old after his on-the-field heroics.

Mr Urquhart wears purple shorts to stop him being fully tackled and hurt — players are only allowed to slow him down.

You can read more on The Scotsman.