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.

Chris Paterson

Christopher Douglas Paterson MBE is an ambassador and specialist skills coach for Scottish Rugby. He is a former professional rugby player who played for Edinburgh, Gloucester and Scotland. He was a professional player for 14 years.

Paterson won 109 caps and is Scotland’s record points’ scorer with 809 points. He is the only Scottish player to play in four Rugby World Cups and holds the record of World Cup appearances, 15.

Born in Edinburgh in 1978. A pupil of Langlee Primary School and Galashiels Academy, he started his senior career with Gala RFC, made his debut as an 18 year old and went on to represent his home team for three years before turning professional in 1999. Prior to turning professional he was studying to become a P.E. Teacher at Moray House Institute of Education in Edinburgh.

His first cap for Scotland was against Spain in the 1999 Rugby World Cup as a fullback. He went on to become the youngest Scottish player to reach 50 caps in 2004 and became Scotland’s most capped player in 2008. Paterson became the first player to reach 100 caps for Scotland in February 2010 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff when he played against Wales. He retired from international rugby in December 2011 shortly after the 2011 Rugby World Cup and as a professional player in May 2012.

He then took on the dual role of specialist skills coach and ambassador with the Scottish Rugby Union working with players from grass roots to international level all over the country. A role he continues to do today. He has now joined the Hall of Fame Selection Panel.

Off the field, Paterson was appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2012 for services to Scottish Rugby.

In June 2012 he received an Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) degree from Edinburgh Napier University.

He was also inducted in to the Edinburgh University Sporting Hall of Fame in 2012 and Scottish Rugby’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, Claire and their two children Olivia and Alex.

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

Bill Johnstone retired at the end of the 2016-17 season after more than 30 years as BBC Radio Scotland’s principal rugby commentator.  The nephew of the legendary Bill McLaren, Johnstone, like his uncle, was a PE teacher.  Bill taught at Jedburgh Grammar School and both Roy and Greig Laidlaw, Scotland and Lions scrum-halves, benefited from his tutelage. During his commentary career, Bill, who started doing match reports on BBC Radio Tweed, chronicled the game from the first Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 1987.

Bill can still be heard during live telecasts on Scottish Rugby TV.  He became a member of Scottish Rugby’s Hall of Fame Selection Panel in 2013.