Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Scotland / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
Scotland
Scottish rugby mourns passing of Hugh McLeod
ESPN Staff
May 13, 2014
Scotland's Hugh McLeod, March 15, 1957
Hugh McLeod in 1957 © PA Photos
Enlarge

British & Irish Lion Hugh McLeod has died aged 81.

Prop McLeod won 40 caps for Scotland between 1954 and 1962 and established himself as one of Hawick's great players. He toured with the Lions to South Africa in 1955 and played in all six Tests on their trip to New Zealand and Australia four years later. It was a remarkable feat considering he started playing rugby when he was 16.

McLeod later recalled his first Test, saying: "I played for the South a lot of times - I made a lot of friends in the South - and I played in many Scottish trials before I got my first cap. I was in the tank corps at Catterick when I was informed I was in the Scotland side to play against the French in '54 - I went to the army in '53 and came out in '55.

"I'd kind of took the flu when I went to Murrayfield for my first international. My mother came - she followed the rugby a wee bit, but my father didn't follow it a lot. She came round the back of the stand, when we were getting our photos taken, to see us before we went out to play.

"She said afterwards 'You looked like a ghost, I don't know how you played.' But it didn't affect me, I must have got over it. I can't remember an awful lot about the game. It was something new, a step-up, it was bigger and faster."

McLeod was made an OBE in 1962 and was last year inducted into the Scottish Rugby Union's hall of fame.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Rugby

    RFU apologises after kit gaffe

    After two days of fending off brickbats, the RFU has apologised "to those who may have taken offence" over the new England playing kit

  • Football

    Costa can't start three games a week, admits Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Diego Costa did not start his side's opening Champions draw with Schalke because the striker was not fit enough

  • Football

    Boateng stunner breaks City hearts

    Manchester City came within minutes of a precious point in Munich only for Jerome Boateng to haunt his former club with a wonder winner

  • Football

    Wasteful Chelsea punished by Schalke

    Chelsea were denied victory in their opening Champions League group game against Schalke, but Jose Mourinho's side will only have themselves to blame after wasting several clear-cut chances in the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge

  • Golf

    Scott and Williams part ways after three years

    In a move that has been in the making for months, Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams have parted ways after a three-plus-year partnership that included the first Masters victory by an Australian golfer

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!