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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Bryan Gossman

Bryan Murray Gossman was born on 5 May 1951 in Ardrossan. He was educated at Ardrossan Academy and played three seasons in the school first XV and two with Ardrossan Accies before he joined West of Scotland in the 1972-73 season. He enjoyed more than ten years in the Glasgow district side, playing at both […]

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Jim Shackleton

James Alexander Pirie Shackleton won seven caps for Scotland between 1959 and 1965. He was born in Assam, India on 3 April 1940 and his family returned to the UK by boat post Second World War, where Shackleton began his senior education at Fettes College in Edinburgh. In his first season at Fettes, he played […]

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