29
Matches
2
Points Scored
4
Tries Scored
0
Penalties Scored
4
Conversions
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Drop Goals Scored

Scotland three-quarter and captain Bill Maclagan captained the all-conquering Lions on their first official tour to South Africa in 1891. Maclagan played in 18 of the 19 matches, in which the Lions scored 224 points while conceding only one, and scored eight tries. He was an ever-present as the Lions’ inaugural test series was won 3-0.

It proved to be a ground-breaking chapter in the sport’s development as a global game as the tour was viewed so favourably that officially sanctioned trips to the southern hemisphere became a regular occurrence thereafter.

The moustachioed Maclagan had a no-holds-barred approach to the game in both defence and attack and won 26 caps for Scotland (1878-90), whom he captained eight times. In club rugby, he was an integral figure at London Scottish where he was hugely respected as both captain and president.

Born in Edinburgh, he also served as SRU president from 1894-96.

Inducted in October 2009

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