World Rugby Hall of Fame – Induction No.114 – Andrew Robertson Irvine (Scotland, British and Irish Lions) 1951-

Born: 16 September, 1951 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Regarded by many as one of Scotland’s greatest rugby players, Andy Irvine earned 51 caps for his country, 15 as captain, between 1972 and 1982 and appeared in nine tests for the British and Irish Lions. At the time of his retirement, he was Scotland’s most capped player.

Irvine is remembered as one of the finest attacking full-backs of all-time, a player blessed with searing pace and a keen eye for a gap. He was also a goal-kicking machine, scoring 274 points for the Lions and one fewer for Scotland. He ended the 1974 tour with a tally of 156 points, a record for a Lion in South Africa. Three years later Irvine proved equally as prolific in New Zealand, scoring a remarkable five tries in a midweek game against King Country.

Added to his three tours as player, Irvine fulfilled the role of chairman and tour manager for the Lions. He has also been president of the Scottish Rugby Union and chairman of Celtic Rugby.