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Published: 9 Nov 2012 12:30

FORMER Gala rugby star Chris Paterson will play a part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Murrayfield ahead of the Scotland v New Zealand match this weekend.

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SCOTLAND, New Zealand, members of the Armed Forces and the wider rugby family will join in a moment of remembrance on Sunday ahead of the opening EMC Test of the season at Murrayfield

The match falls on Armistice Day and Scottish Rugby will hold its traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the stadium's war memorial at 11am.

Later, before kick-off, players from both teams and the capacity 67,144 Murrayfield crowd will honour the memory of those who have served their country and lost their lives in armed conflict by observing a silence.

SRU President Alan Lawson said: "Of all the major rugby playing countries Scotland lost more rugby internationalists - some 30 - in the First World War than any other nation.

"Our opposition on Sunday, New Zealand, lost 20 of their international players during the World Wars.

"We will welcome members of the New Zealand party to our act of remembrance and all staff and contractors on duty in the stadium are also being asked to join us if they can."

Scotland's cap and points' record holder Chris Paterson and Scotland kit manager John Pennycuick, a veteran of the Falklands and Gulf wars, will also play a part in the wreath-laying ceremony.

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