Hugh Duffy and Doug Jackson

Scottish Rugby is saddened to learn of the deaths of two former Scotland international players and proud Borderers. 

Hugh Duffy, who won one cap as a flanker out of the Jed-Forest club against France at the Stade Colombes in Paris in January 1955, passed away on 30 December at the age of 83. 

And Doug Jackson, who won eight caps on the wing out of the Hawick club between 1964 and 1969, died on Monday aged 76. 

Duffy went on to play rugby league initially in Salford and settled in Cheshire in 1987. 

He remained hugely proud of his roots in Jedburgh and supported the visit of the Rugby World Cup to Lothian Park in the Borders town in the summer of 2015.  

Jackson made his Scotland debut in a 6-3 win against Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Dublin in 1964. He also played in Scotland victories against South Africa, Australia and France. 

A skilful ball player and balanced runner, Jackson was a member of the famed Hawick seven that won ten tournaments in a row on the Borders circuit in the mid-1960s. 

He played some 242 games for Hawick from his debut in the 1958-59 season through until 1970-71. 

He went on to serve the game as faithfully as an administrator as he did as a player, with duty as President of Hawick YM and President, Director of Rugby and Sevens Convener at Hawick, where he was made a life member. 

A member of the building trade, Jackson also represented the South. 

Scottish Rugby extends its sincere condolences to the families and friends of both Hugh Duffy and Doug Jackson. 

Doug Jackson’s funeral will take place at Trinity Parish Church, 9 Brougham Place, Hawick on Wednesday 14 February at 10am. 

Written by
Graham Law