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CHILL-OUT SUNDAY THE ELLIS RUGBY – SCOTLAND RUGBY UNION GAVIN HASTINGS BOOK PREVIEW
Scotland Rugby Union Team. Gavin Hastings is widely regarded to be one of the best-ever Scottish rugby players. And was one of the outstanding players of his generation, Winning 61 caps for Scotland. 20 of which as captain. He played for Watsonians, London Scottish, and Cambridge University. In addition, Scotland and the British Lions. He twice toured with the British and Irish Lions, to Australia in 1989. Also, as captain on the 1993 tour to New Zealand.
Scotland Rugby Union Debut
Hastings made his debut for Scotland against France in 1986. And was a central figure in Scotland’s 1990 Five Nations Grand Slam.
Hastings’s final game was on 11 June 1995 against New Zealand in Pretoria. At the quarter-finals of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. By the end of that match, he had scored 667 international points. A Scottish record that stood until surpassed by Chris Paterson in 2008. Hastings captained Scotland on 20 occasions including at the 1995 World Cup.
British & Irish Lions Team
Hastings first played for the British and Irish Lions in 1986,. Against a Rest of the World XV, before playing in all three tests of the successful 1989 tour to Australia and against France in 1989. He was captain on the 1993 tour to New Zealand, where the Lions lost the test series 2-1.
Victory Over Australia Rugby Union and a narrow defeat against The All Blacks Team
“Big Gav” (he was 6ft 2in and 14st 8lb) played all three Tests on the victorious 1989 Lions tour of Australia. And although his 1993 side were defeated 2-1 in the series. They were within a whisker of turning the All Blacks over. Hastings is the record Lions scorer in Tests with 66 points. He won 61 caps for Scotland. Also, 20 as captain. And was their leading scorer with 667 points until Chris Paterson overtook him in 2008.
He was the top scorer in World Cups with 227 points. Until Jonny Wilkinson passed that total in 2007. Hastings scored 17 tries for Scotland,. Also, he played for the Anglo-Scots and Edinburgh district teams, In addition, London Scottish and the Barbarians. Also, he was awarded the OBE. He also played club rugby in New Zealand and appeared in the Hong Kong Sevens.
Scotland Rugby Union Team Gavin Hastings Book Review
An autobiography from the man who has captained the Watsonians, Cambridge University, and London Scottish. Also, the Barbarians, the Scottish National squad, and the British Lions. Hastings gives his considered views on the sport’s headlong rush towards professionalism. In addition, he discusses the cut-throat competition inspired by leagues and tournaments which are fuelled by money. He includes a personal overview of the many triumphant wins (and occasional defeats) he has played a part in.
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