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Oldest cap visits Scotland squad

Mac Henderson (picture courtesy of Scottish Rugby)
Mac Henderson (second from right) with members of the Scotland squad

Scotland's oldest cap has visited the current squad to wish them good luck ahead of their autumn Test match against New Zealand at Murrayfield.

Mac Henderson, 101, won his three caps at flanker in 1933 in Scottish wins over England, Ireland and Wales.

He also became the first Scotland international to become a centenarian.

"I don't know if Scotland will win but I did see England beat New Zealand in 1936 and saw (Alexander) Obolensky score that extraordinary try," he said.

Born in Tranent, Henderson also has a connection with New Zealand, having farmed on a sheep station in the North Island and played for the Waipukurau club in Hawke's Bay.

"I worked on a sheep station in Hawke's Bay and half-way through a rugby season I was sent from one sheep station to another," he added.

"An official said he would eat his hat if I wasn't selected for Hawke's Bay but it was then I moved to another sheep station."

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