World Rugby Hall of Fame - Induction No.127 – George Philip Stewart ‘GPS’ Macpherson (Edinburgh Academicals, Oxford University, Barbarians, Scotland) 1940-
One of 12 legends inducted at the opening of the World Rugby Hall of Fame in Rugby on 17 November, 2016
Born: 14 December, 1903 in Newtonmore, Scotland
Died: 2 March, 1981
GPS Macpherson was a key figure during a halcyon period for Scotland in the Inter-War years.
An outstanding centre, who possessed a brilliant rugby brain as well as a jinking side-step, Macpherson won the first of his 26 caps in a 3-3 draw against France in 1922 while studying Classics at Oriel College, Oxford.
The Oxford backline mirrored that of Scotland’s and the understanding he enjoyed with fellow students Ian Smith, George Aitken and Johnny Wallace made Scotland a potent attacking force.
He won three Blues and captained his country 12 times, guiding Scotland to their first Grand Slam in 1925 at the newly-built Murrayfield Stadium.
Rated the best in his position bar none, he toured with the Barbarians in 1929 and played his last game for Scotland against England in 1932.
A fine sevens player, Macpherson was a two-time Melrose Cup winner with Edinburgh Academicals, whom he captained to the Scottish Championship in 1930.
Inducted in November 2016
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