Mallinder supports Murray's Sunday decision
December 17, 2009
Jim Mallinder has backed Euan Murray © Getty Images
Northampton Saints boss Jim Mallinder has expressed support for prop Euan Murray's decision not to play on Sundays due to his Christian faith.
Murray has been ruled out of Scotland's opening Six Nations game against France in 2010 due to the fixture falling on a Sunday and Mallinder revealed that a similar arrangement was in place between the player and the Saints. Luckily for the ambitious Guinness Premiership club they have only one game currently slated for a Sunday remaining, away to Leeds on Easter Sunday.
"We completely respect his decision," Mallinder said. "It is something that Euan has thought about for a long time and a decision he did not take lightly. However it doesn't mean that Euan will play a lesser role in the squad. He is a top class player and we would rather he were here than anywhere else, especially with the majority of our games being on a Saturday."
The club has brought in players to cover at tight-head and Mallinder is confident that should Northampton progress in the Heineken Cup and be called on to play on a Sunday then Murray's replacement would not let the side down.
"This is why we have quality players in our squad," he added. "This is why we brought in Santiago Bonorino and Brian Mujati, who played well at tight-head while Euan was injured at the start of the season. We have total confidence in these players' abilities."
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