Scottish and Lions rugby legend Gavin Hastings has been confirmed as the guest speaker at the Farmers Club St Andrews Day Lunch on Friday 28th November at RBS Headquarters at Gogarburn in Edinburgh.
Gavin Hastings, OBE, frequently considered to be one of the best rugby players to come out of Scotland, won 61 caps for Scotland, 20 as captain. A fine exponent of assertive attacking play, ‘Big Gav’ also had great goal-kicking ability and undying commitment.
Making his debut in 1986 in the Five Nations against France, Hastings kicked six penalties as Scotland won 18-17. At the 1987 World Cup, his kicking in the group stage ensured Scotland’s passage to the quarter-finals.
Hastings played in all three of the Lions’ test matches on their successful tour of Australia in 1989. He was also pivotal to the 1990 Grand Slam victory, especially in the build-up to Tony Stanger’s winning try against England in the final match.
Former national coach Ian McGeechan said of him: "Gavin is a big man in every sense of the word... his greatest asset was to engender confidence in those around him and to lead by example when the opposition had to be taken on. In New Zealand, they considered him simply the best full-back in the world."
Born in Edinburgh Hastings played for Watsonians, London Scottish, Cambridge University, Scotland and the British and Irish Lions. As a schoolboy he was the first player to captain a Scottish schoolboys side to win in England. In 1985, he captained Cambridge University to victory in the Varsity Match. He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of fame in 2003.
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