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Retrospective International Caps To Be Awarded By Scottish Rugby

Scottish Rugby is to honour retrospectively more than 50 players who represented their country in matches that, at the time, did not carry Test cap status.

The decision, made by the Scottish Rugby Union Custodian Board, was announced today recently by President Colin Rigby.

He said: “Those individuals who wore the thistle with pride and distinction, whether in Services or Victory internationals during and after the Second World War, or who played under the label of a ‘Scotland XV’ against other nations, will now join the fabled ranks of the 1,140 other men to have been capped by Scotland since 1871."

“Given this year marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Union, we wanted to look afresh at our history and recognise the rich and enduring contribution those players have made to our game."

“Awarding a cap retrospectively may seem purely symbolic or belated by some people, but I know from conversations with some of those players and their families what this decision will mean to them and that granting cap status will be cherished.”

The full list of those players to be awarded retrospective caps is:

1942 Services Rugby: Scotland 21 England 6, 21 March, Inverleith

Lt A W B Buchanan (London Scottish)

Cadet M R Dewar (Watsonians)

Cadet E C K Douglas (Edinburgh University)

Lt S G A Harper (Watsonians)

Flt Lt E C Hunter (Watsonians)

Corporal J Maltman (Hawick)

Lt N W Ramsay (Army)

1942 Services Rugby: England 5 Scotland 8, 11 April, Wembley

Captain J B McNeil (Glasgow HSFP)

Cadet D A Roberts (Edinburgh Accies)

1943 Services Rugby: Scotland 6 England 29, 27 February, Inverleith

Lt J M Blair (Edinburgh Accies/Oxford University)

Corporal R Cowe (Melrose)

Lt C McLay (Edinburgh Accies)

1943 Services Rugby: England 24 Scotland 19, 10 April, Leicester

Captain W B Biggart (Army/Glasgow Accies)

Flt Officer E Grant (Royal NZ Air Force)

Lt M D Kennedy (Army)

1944 Services Rugby: Scotland 13 England 23, 26 February, Murrayfield

Cadet Rating A E Murray (Oxford University)

1944 Services Rugby: England 27 Scotland 15, 18 March, Leicester

Company Sergeant Major J R McLure (Ayr/Wasps)

Captain H G Uren (Glasgow Accies)

1945 Services Rugby: England 11 Scotland 18, 24 February, Leicester

Flt Officer A L Barcroft (Heriot’s)

Captain J R Henderson (Glasgow Accies)

Flt Officer D D McKenzie (RAF and Merchistonians)

Private R M McKenzie (New Zealand)

Sq Ldr J B Nicholls (NSW and Royal Australian Air Force)

Captain J A D Thom (Hawick)

Sub Lt C Wilhelm (South African Services)

1945 Services Rugby: Scotland 5 England 16, 17 March, Murrayfield

Lt E A Melling (Army and Sedbergh)

1946 Victory International: Scotland 11 New Zealand Army 6

J Anderson (London Scottish)

J Kirk (Edinburgh Accies/Wands)

1946 Victory International: England 12 Scotland 8, 16 March, Twickenham

K S H Wilson (London Scottish)

1969 Argentina 20 Scotland XV 3, 13 September, Buenos Aires

Ian Murchie (West of Scotland)

Arthur Orr (London Scottish)

1969 Argentina 3 Scotland XV 6, 27 September, Buenos Aires

Bruce Laidlaw (Royal HSFP)

1976 Scotland XV 34 Japan 9, 25 September, Murrayfield

David Ashton (Ayr)

Jim Carswell (Jordanhill)

1977 Japan 9 Scotland XV 74, 18 September, Tokyo

Colin Mair (West of Scotland)

Rob Moffat (Melrose)

1986 Spain 17 Scotland XV 39, 1 May, Cornella, Barcelona

Stuart Johnston (Watsonians)

Garry Waite (Kelso)

1987 Scotland XV 15 France XV 12, 26 September, Netherdale

Tim Exeter (Moseley)

Jeremy Macklin (London Scottish)

Ian Ramsey (Melrose)

1988 Zimbabwe 10 Scotland XV 31, 21 May, Bulawayo

David Butcher (Harlequins)

Ruari Maclean (Gloucester)

Stewart McAslan (Heriot’s)

Kevin Rafferty (Heriot’s)

Hugh Parker (Kilmarnock)

1989 Japan 28 Scotland XV 24, 28 May, Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo

Grant Wilson (Boroughmuir)

1991 USA 12 Scotland XV 41, 18 May, Hartford, Connecticut

Mark Moncrieff (Gala)

1991 Canada 24 Scotland XV 19, 25 May, Saint John, New Brunswick

Ronnie Kirkpatrick (Jedforest)

1993 Fiji 10 Scotland XV 21, 29 May, Commonwealth Stadium, Suva

Ally Donaldson (Currie)

Steve Ferguson (Peebles)

Nick Grecian (London Scottish)

Gary Isaac (Gala)

Robb Scott (London Scottish)

1993 Tonga 5 Scotland XV 23, 5 June, Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku’alofa

Craig Redpath (Melrose)

1998 Rugby World Cup qualifier Scotland XV 85 Spain 3, 5 December 1998, Murrayfield

Willie Anderson (Glasgow Caledonians/Kirkcaldy)

Existing chronological Scotland cap numbers will not be affected by this initiative. Nor will the past caps and points records of other players who won full caps be adjusted for those games.

All 56 retrospective capped players will be added in a panel after Scotland’s most recent new cap – Cameron Henderson of Leicester Tigers, who was cap number 1140. Their numbers will run forward from 1141 to 1196.

The President added: “Our plan is to reach out to the relatives of those sadly no longer with us and conduct a cap presentation for those from the Services and Victory international matches in tandem with our annual poignant service of remembrance at the war memorial at Scottish Gas Murrayfield on Armistice Day in November."

“Therefore, we welcome contact from any relatives of those players from the 1940s, so we can begin to plan for that ceremony. Thereafter, we will look to award caps during our home matches in next year’s GUINNESS Six Nations Championship.”

Following the research to award retrospective caps in the men’s game, Scottish Rugby will also ensure that all players to have represented Scotland Women will receive a cap, as the physical cap presentation was not always a part of the women’s game in the past.

Scottish Rugby will also embark on a project to ensure that all our international referees, in both the men’s and women’s game, will be recognised with a physical cap.


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