Dennis Wells

Dennis Wells with Scotland players Dougie Hall, Nathan Hines, Scott MacLeod and Craig Smith

Scottish Rugby was saddened to learn of the death of Dennis Wells, one of the unsung backroom men for many years with the national team.

Dennis, 75, died on a family holiday in Tenerife last Monday. For around 15 years from the mid-1990s, Dennis drove the Scotland team bus, when he worked with Hunter’s of Loanhead, at home and often on away trips. His funeral will take place on Tuesday 9 October in the large chapel at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh at 11am.

Scotland’s cap and points’ record holder Chris Paterson said: “This is such sad news. For me Dennis was part of the team, whether it was Monday when the squad were coming together or match day when we were loading the bus to go to the ground, Dennis was very much a part of the whole experience.”

Dennis, who hailed from Dumfries, had served in the Army and undertook many driving jobs during his working life.

Scottish Rugby extends its sincere condolences to his wife Martha, daughters Lesley and Lorraine and grand-children Fraser and Lucy.