Moray John Low was praised by his fellow Scotland players for his rock-solid scrummaging and contribution in open play as Scotland began their 2010 summer Tour with a famous win against Argentina.
Moray followed up international appearances at under-21 and A levels by making his Scotland debut as a replacement in RBS 6 Nations Championship match against France in Paris in February 2009.
His second cap followed a month later as a replacement in the Calcutta Cup match against England at Twickenham, and in November that year he made such an impression on his first start for Scotland that he was named Man of the Match in the 23-10 win against Fiji in the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test at Murrayfield. He also started in Scotland’s two other matches in that series, including the 9-8 win against Australia.
Moray played for Scotland under-21 in 2005 and was a member of the Scotland squad for the club international match against the Irish at Donnybrook in March 2006. His Scotland A debut followed in February 2007 in victory against the Italians at McDiarmid Park, Perth. He also made a replacement appearance for Scotland A in the Churchill Cup match against Ireland A at Twickenham in June 2007, and he was again in the starting XV in February 2008 in the wins against Italy A (37-15 at Mogliano) and Ireland A (67-7 at McDiarmid Park).
Two weeks after his international debut in 2009 he was back in the Scotland A team in the 22-all draw with Italy at McDiarmid Park, Perth. Three more Scotland A appearances followed in the IRB Nations Cup success in Bucharest in June 2009.
Moray was a member of Scotland’s 2011 Rugby World Cup party but did not play in any game. On the 2012 Scotland summer tour of Australasia, Low was called up as an injury replacement for his Glasgow Warriors team-mate Jon Welsh, but again he did not see any action in any of the Tests. He returned to international duty off the bench for the 2013 RBS 6 Nations Championship victory against Italy and featured off the bench in all three matches on Scotland’s 2013 summer tour.
After a successful 2013 and 2014, in which he made 14 appearances - five of which in 2014 were as the starting tghthead - the competition in the position intensified and saw Low miss out on selection the following year (2015).
Credit to the north east man, who was also establishing himself in the Exeter Chiefs front-row, he battled back into contention in 2016, featuring in three of five RBS 6 Nations games.
He made his Scotland under-21 debut in the world championship match against Wales in Mendoza, Argentina, in June 2005 and went on to play in Scotland’s three other matches in that tournament, scoring a try in the 43-25 victory in the second game against Wales and another against Argentina.
The Lossiemouth High School former pupil has played club rugby for Moray, Aboyne (now Deeside), Highland, Aberdeen Grammar, and Wellington Redbacks in Australia as well as representative rugby for Caledonia at under-18 and under-21 levels. Moray enlisted as an apprentice by Glasgow Warriors in summer 2006, making his debut as tight head in the Magners League match against Leinster at Donnybrook in November that year.
His European debut followed in Glasgow’s next match, when the Warriors beat Narbonne 51-7 at Hughenden. Awarded a full contract in summer 2007, he immediately went on to establish himself as first-choice tight head for Warriors, filling the vacancy left by Euan Murray’s departure to Northampton Saints. His performances for Glasgow earned him selection for Scotland’s December 2007 training squad and subsequently for preparation for the 2008 RBS Six Nations.
After playing in all of Glasgow’s Heineken Cup and Magners League matches in 2007/08 he earned selection in Scotland’s squad for the June visit to Argentina, but injury in his club’s final league match, Warriors beating Munster at Cork, forced him to miss that South American trip.