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Born: 17 March, 1940 in Pathhead, Midlothian, Scotland

The former headmaster won 25 caps for Scotland, 10 as captain, and made eight test appearances for the British and Irish Lions, on two tours, in 1966 and 1968, before becoming one of the most revered coaches in the game.

A tenacious back-row forward in his six years at the top, from 1964-70, Telfer has the distinction of being the only Scotland international to have played New Zealand, South Africa and Australia without losing.

Upon hanging up his boots, Telfer coached the Lions on their 1983 tour to New Zealand, Scotland to the Five Nations Grand Slam in 1984 and, as assistant to Sir Ian McGeechan, to a second Grand Slam in 1990. After a break from coaching, Telfer was invited by McGeechan to become forwards coach on the triumphant Lions tour of South Africa in 1997.

Through his technical know-how and stirring motivational speeches, Telfer galvanised a Lions pack written off by the local Press and they laid the platform for a 2-1 series victory.

Telfer, with the assistance of John Rutherford and Hugh Campbell, was successful again in 1999 as Scotland claimed the last-ever Five Nations title under their management.