Obituary: John Roxburgh

John Hampton Roxburgh, a stand-off at Jordanhill College in his playing days, was appointed Scottish Rugby’s first Technical Director for Coaching in the 1975-76 season. In addition to also playing for Glasgow District, Roxburgh went on to coach Glasgow too.  Former Scotland coach Richie Dixon, who came under his wing at Jordanhill and with the […]

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Ray Megson

Ray Megson was a trailblazer both professionally and in his pastime to which he devoted so much, rugby. Born in Sheffield, his family moved to Australia, where he spent his childhood. He came to Scotland when his parents’ marriage was over and began schooling at Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart in Dumfries & […]

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Dave McDonald: Obituary

Dave was a well-known all-round sportsman who had a passion for rugby, American football and judo, gaining black-belt status. In his life outside of sport, in the 1970s Dave was a hotelier, running the now vanished Sullom Voe Hotel. Whilst in Shetland Dave founded the Sullom Voe Wanderers RFC also known as ‘The Oil Blacks’, […]

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Obituary: Gordon Masson

Gordon Baxter Masson was first elected to the Scottish Rugby Union General Committee in 1973-74 as North District representative. He became a Special Representative in 1982-83 and became the Union’s 105th President in season 1991-92. A proud Gordonian – he was a scrum-half in his playing days – Masson was a senior partner at Burnett […]

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Obituary: Bill Relph

William Keith Linford Relph won four caps for Scotland throughout the 1955 Five Nations Championship. He made his debut against France away but his first international appearance at Murrayfield was a landmark occasion. The 14-8 victory over Wales on 5 February 1955, marked Scotland’s first win after a sequence of 17 successive defeats. And he […]

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Obituary: Ken Scotland

Kenneth James Forbes Scotland was a player ahead of his time, a true trailblazer. He was also an absolute gentleman, as keen a student of the game today, to which he brought crystal-clear but kind thinking, as he was in his playing pomp. To spend time in his company while watching his beloved Heriot’s at […]

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Obituary: Doug Ward CBE

Douglas John Ward served on the Scottish Rugby Council from 2013 until 2017 as a national league representative and he was long associated with the Biggar club and many developments at their playing fields and clubhouse at Hartreemill. He was club president from 2011-2013, having served as vice-president in the two preceding years. In his […]

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Doddie Weir – a personal tribute

Obituaries are never easy to write, especially if the individual who has passed away was someone you regarded as a friend. Someone who brought joy, happiness, huge dollops of mischief – never malicious, always good-natured – and whose spirit refused to bow to the awful physical ravages of motor neurone disease. Even those who met […]

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Doddie Weir OBE

The 61-cap internationalist passed away at his Borders home with his family by his side as his extraordinary battle against Motor Neurone Disease came to a close. Doddie’s colourful and positive character won the hearts of fans on and off the pitch whether it be for his athletic and eye-catching performances in the Dark Blue […]

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Donald Macleod

Scottish Rugby was saddened to learn of the death last night of Past President, eminent surgeon and long-serving rugby medic Donald Macleod.  He was 81. Hailed as the “grandfather of sports medicine in the UK”, Donald Macleod’s life was intertwined between rugby, medicine and family and he was always supremely generous in his time to […]

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