Sir Ian originally trained as a PE teacher, but a passion for rugby that had been clear from an early age took over – and the rest, as they say, is history.
An accomplished internationalist, he won 32 caps for Scotland, including nine games as skipper. He also toured with the British and Irish Lions in 1974 and 1977, making a total of 30 appearances in the famous red jersey.
After beginning his coaching career in 1986, Sir Ian went on to become Scotland coach from 1988-1993. His reign included the legendary Grand Slam triumph in the 1990 Five Nations, and a fourth place finish in the 1991 Rugby World Cup.
Known as ‘Mr Lions’ to many, Sir Ian was at the helm of the British and Irish Lions squad in 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2009. To this day he is the only person to have experienced success as both a player and a coach with the Lions. He was knighted in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List for his services to rugby, adding to the OBE previously awarded in 1990.