Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame panel

The Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame panel selects the players who are to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The panel is made up of former players, coaches, referees and rugby journalists.

Ian McGeechan

Ian McGeechan

Sir Ian McGeechan made his debut representing Scotland as a player in 1972 and went on to win 32 caps, with nine games as captain, scoring a total of 21 points. He toured with the British Lions in 1974 in the unbeaten tour to South Africa and in 1977 to New Zealand, playing all eight tests.

As Scotland coach from 1988-93, McGeechan masterminded the nation’s Grand Slam victory in 1990 and steered Scotland to fourth place in the Rugby World Cup while he also famously toured as the British Lions head coach in 1989 (Australia), 1993 (New Zealand) 1997 and 2009 (South Africa) and was in charge of the mid-week team in 2005 (New Zealand).

Following numerous club coaching positions, including successful stints at Northapton (as the game turned from amateur to professional) and the London Wasps (winning three trophies in three years: Anglo Welsh Cup, the English Premiership and the Heineken Cup), McGeechan moved to Bath Rugby in June 2010 to asssume the position of Performance Director. McGeechan was knighted in the 2010 New Years Honours List for his services to rugby.


John Beattie

John Beattie

Born and raised in Borneo, Beattie returned to Scotland to study at University where he was capped by Scotland on 25 occasions. Beattie’s rugby career included the British Lions’ tour to South Africa in 1980, New Zealand in 1983 and a place in the Lions side that faced the Rest of the World in 1986. He was also in the last Scottish team to beat England at Twickenham in 1983 as well as in the team that beat England by a record score – an impressive 33-6 in 1986.

At the end of his playing career, Beattie retrained and qualified as a chartered accountant before moving into the field of journalism. While writing for Scotland on Sunday Beattie began working in radio and television with the BBC and has become one of the game's top commentators in Scotland while more recently chairing the Scottish Government’s physical activity task force.

John’s son, Johnnie, is also enjoying a successful rugby career, playing regularly for Glasgow Warriors and earning 14 Scotland caps to date.


John Jeffrey

John Jeffrey

Hailing from the Borders, John Jeffrey has been described as "one of the most galvanising sights in Five Nations rugby throughout the 1980s and early 1990s”.

John won 40 caps, scoring 11 tries, for Scotland between 1984 and 1991 to become, at the time, Scotland’s most capped flanker. John’s performances for his country earned him a place in the British Lions side that took on the Rest of the World in 1986 before being called up to tour Australia with the side in 1989 and playing a key role in Scotland’s Grand Slam triumph in 1990.

In 2009 Jeffrey retired after six years as Scotland under-21/under-20 team manager and is the Scottish selector for the Barbarians.


Chris Rea

Chris ReaFormer Scotland and British Lion Christopher William Wallace Rea made his debut against Australia in 1968 and went on to be capped 13 times for his country, scoring three tries in the process – most notably the winning try in the 1971 Calcutta Cup match against England at Twickenham (the first time Scotland had won at the ground in 33 years).

Chris also played his part in the successful Lions tour of New Zealand in 1971, running out on ten occasions for the tourists, scoring three tries.

After his playing career ended, Chris became a highly successful sports journalist and broadcaster before joining the International Rugby Board (IRB) as head of communications and more recently taking on the role of broadcast controller.


Bill Johnstone