Scottish Rugby is saddened to learn of the death yesterday of its former general committee member and champion of schools’ rugby Iain Brown. He was 55
Iain, Director of Sport at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, collapsed and died while attending a family event in London.
Many tributes have been paid to Iain (pictured above left with the 2007-2008 George Watson's College Scottish Schools Cup under-15s trophy), led by erstwhile Scotland captain and British Lion, Jason White.
He said: “Broon, as we knew him affectionately, was a massive influence on my rugby career at the beginning because he was in charge of the boarding house when I first came on a scholarship down to George Watson’s.
“He was a PE teacher and a key man within Scottish Schools rugby but, above all, he was a great bloke who gave a lot of his time over a great many years to rugby at Watson’s, within schools and in general. It’s a real shock to everybody to hear of his death.”
Iain Brown attended Royal High School in Edinburgh and was a student at Jordanhill College before joining the PE staff at George Watson’s College 33 years ago.
Ally Donaldson, one of his colleagues in that department, said: “We’ve just opened the new centre for sport at the school and that was Iain’s vision, his drive to get that project done.
“Every nut and bolt in that place was how he wanted it. He was so proud.”
As a coach, Iain piloted the George Watson’s under15/under-16 team to three successes in the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup competitions and was a pivotal figure in the Scottish Schools Rugby Union, becoming the schools representative on the SRU General Committee in season 2000-2001, a post he held until season 2004-2005.
A special assembly will be held at George Watson’s College tomorrow.
Scottish Rugby extends its sincere condolences to Iain’s wife Shona, daughters Laura and Lisa and all other family and friends.