Gavin Hastings OBE – Scotland Rugby Legend and Entertaining After-Dinner Speaker.
Gavin Hastings was born in Edinburgh, January 1962. Hastings became 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.
Gavin Hastings went on to win 61 caps for Scotland including 20 as captain as well as featuring on 2 Lions Tours to Australia in 1989 and Captain to New Zealand in 1993 playing in all 6 Tests.
He scored over 700 points in Test Rugby including kicking 6 penalties on his debut for Scotland in 1986 against France which they won by 18 points to 17.
Gavin Hastings retired following his third Rugby World Cup in 1995. His contribution to rugby was acknowledged with an OBE in the 1994 New Years Honours List.
In 1996, Hastings made an initially controversial decision to accept an invitation to switch to American football with the Scottish Claymores of the WLAF. Hastings’ brief spell in his new code was a successful one, as the Claymores won that year’s World Bowl at the home of Scottish Rugby, Murrayfield Stadium.
Gavin Hastings is widely considered one of the outstanding players of the game, and is hugely respected by his peers. He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003. In sporting lists, he is often named as the greatest Scottish rugby player of all time.
His sporting passion continues with his love of golf playing to a five handicap on his favourite links course at Gullane in East Lothian as well as supporting Watsonians and Scotland on the rugby field.