Finlay Calder (1957– )

Murrayfield rugby stadium, courtesy of Elliot Maison

Murrayfield rugby stadium, courtesy of Elliot Maison

Finlay Calder, born in Haddington, is a former rugby union player.

Finlay Calder was born in Haddington on 20 August 1957 and was educated at Stewart’s Melville College.

Calder was relatively late in beginning his international career representing Scotland: when he gained his first cap in January 1986 his twin brother Jim had already won the last of his 27 caps in March of 1985.

Finlay won 34 caps for Scotland playing at open side flanker from 1986 to 1991. He captained the British Lions tour to Australia in 1989 and became the first captain in the 20th century to lead his side to a series victory after losing the opening test. He was also the first Scottish captain of the side since 1966.

He played his last International game for Scotland in the 1991 Rugby World Cup against New Zealand where Scotland finished in 4th place.

Finlay Calder has been awarded an OBE and inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame – his most memorable performance being cited as his display in Scotland’s 13–7 Grand Slam victory over England in 1990.


Scottish Sports Hall of Fame

Biography on the British and Irish Lions website

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