Chris Paterson appointed MBE in New Year's honours list

Chris Paterson
Paterson holds the record as Scotland's record points scorer.

Scotland's most-capped rugby player has been awarded an MBE days after announcing his international retirement.

Chris Paterson, who called time on his Scotland career last week, has been recognised for his achievements over the past 12 years.

The 33-year-old captained Scotland on 12 occasions and received 109 caps.

"To be recognised by people outside your profession is humbling and I just hope I have deserved it," he said.

"You don't play rugby to pick up awards like this. You do it for enjoyment first and foremost.

"To be even nominated for this honour is something I would never have imagined.

"I've only ever focussed on playing well and doing the supporters, myself and my family proud.

"To be recognised in this way for doing something you love to do is a wee bit strange to be honest but it'll be a nice reminder of what I've achieved in both club and international rugby."

Paterson made his debut in the 1999 World Cup against Spain before becoming a regular in the inaugural Six Nations in 2000.

He appeared at fly-half, wing and full-back and surpassed Gavin Hastings as Scotland's leading points scorer and overtook Scott Murray's cap record on the 2008 tour to Argentina.

Two years later, he won his 100th cap against Wales in Cardiff but suffered a lacerated kidney in the match.

Edinburgh-born Paterson demonstrated his resilience, returning in the November 2010 win over South Africa and forcing his way into the starting line-up during the 2011 Six Nations.

He was first-choice full-back during the disappointing World Cup campaign in New Zealand but has now opted to give way to the next generation of talent.

In his international career, he amassed a total of 809 points and is the only Scot to have appeared in four World Cup tournaments.

Paterson began his club career with Gala before two spells with Edinburgh and a short stint at Gloucester.

He will continue to play for Edinburgh, for whom he is under contract until the end of the season, with the option of a further year.

"I've been fortunate to play with so many great players and I'll never ever forget the cheers of those Murrayfield crowds," he added.

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