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“St Andrews Day Special” – Ultimate XV: Scotland’s Past and Present Greats


1. Loose-Head Prop: David Sole

David Sole spent the majority of his life south of the Scottish border, as he graduated Exeter University and was quickly snapped up to play for Bath. A fearsome scrummager, with a high-octane engine around the park, Sole soon garnered the attention for international selection and made his test debut in 1986 against France. Sole would be a pillar on the Scottish loose-head for the next six years, where he racked up a total of 44 caps. Sole was the captain for the 1990 Grand Slam win against England, in what has gone down amongst Scotland’s greatest victories.

2. Hooker – Ross Ford

Scotland’s most capped international men’s player, Ross Ford ran out for his country a historic 110 times. Add in the one British & Irish Lions cap from the 2009 Tour to South Africa, and Ford has cemented his legacy amongst Northern Hemisphere hookers. Ford has since gone into coaching post-retirement, and is ushering through the next generation of Scotland bruisers as the nations Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach. Colossal in the scrum with a snipers’ accuracy from the line-out, Ross goes down amongst Scotland’s best to pack down the scrum.

3. Tight-Head Prop: Zander Fagerson

Zander Fagerson of Glasgow Warriors during the Heineken Champions Cup Round 1 Pool B match between Exeter Chiefs and Glasgow Warriors at Sandy Park, Exeter, Devon on 13 Dec 2020. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK.

if Zander Fagerson continues at this rate, the tight-head prop could be on track to break Ross Ford’s appearence record in years to come. At just 27-years-old, Fagerson has already made 62 appearances for his country, and looks to have improved in each and every run out in the famous tartan and blue. A Glasgow Warriors lifer, Fagerson has not once been tempted away from Scotstoun Stadium, with his roots embedded deep in the city. Fagerson’s off-field career sees him take up an Assistant Coach role with amateur club Glasgow High Kelvinside.


4. Loose-Head Lock – Scott Murray

At one time in history, Scott Murray was the all-time leading appearence holder for his country. The lock achieved the accolade on his 87th and final test cap, with the honour since surpassed by a collective of Scottish centurions. Murray was named as Scotland’s Player of the Year, when his side won the Five Nations Championship in 1999. He went on to win the same honour on two more occasions, picking up the accolade in 2002 and 2003. Murray was awarded Scottish captaincy for his 50th test cap, as he lead his country out in the 2003 Rugby World Cup against Italy.