SCOTTISH rugby yesterday lost one of its greatest characters with the death of Danny Herrington, writes Kevin Ferrie.

Herrington, 44, died at home in Tillicoultry, Clackmannnshire following a lengthy battle with cancer.

News of his illness had shocked people in the game because he had been playing for Kirkcaldy's first XV as recently as three years ago.

The former Scotland A prop was, along with John Manson and Budgie Cairney, part of a front-row that became universally known as the Tillicoultry Troglodytes. The trio were with Dundee HSFP when they reached the first division for the first time.

Manson played with Herrington for Scotland A against France A in 1995 and he paid tribute to his former team-mate yesterday.

"Danny is undoubtedly one of those who was unlucky not to play for Scotland, " he said. "He was probably underrated because he didn't necessarily look the part, but the strength he had from being a manual worker made him particularly powerful and made him seem almost indestructible."