Joe McPartlin

Scottish Rugby is saddened to learn of the death of former Scotland centre Joe McPartlin who passed away last Thursday after a long illness at the age of 75.


Joseph James McPartlin, who was born in West Hartlepool to Glaswegian parents on June 12, 1938, was capped six times for Scotland between 1960 and 1962, making his debut against France at Murrayfield.

He was described by Norman Mair in The Scotsman as “the complete centre-three-quarter; master of the half-break and the perfectly timed pass.”

He was educated at Wimbledon College and then undertook National Service in the Army before reading geography at Oxford University and subsequently becoming a teacher at St Edward’s School in Oxford.

He won three blues at Oxford, captaining the side in 1962 and he also played for Harlequins, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Surrey, the Army and the Barbarians.

He took up refereeing on his retirement as a player and, from 1975, served in a variety of roles on the Oxford University RFC committee.

His requiem mass will take place at 2pm next Thursday (7 November), in The Oratory, 25 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HA. Afterwards there will be a short committal service at the Crematorium, family only, followed by a reception at the Oxford University Rugby Club Pavilion at Iffley Road.

Scottish Rugby extends its sincere condolences to Joe McPartlin’s three brothers and sister and all other friends.