Ken Scotland

(B.1936)
Rugby Union
Inducted in 2012

Kenneth J F Scotland began his international rugby career in a blaze of glory by scoring all six points in a win over France, aged just 20. He went onto represent his country 27 times between 1957 and 1965. His impressive performances were recognised when he became part of the 1959 British Lions tour to Australia, New Zealand and Canada, where he amassed over 22 appearances playing at full back, centre stand-off and scrum-half. The New Zealand Rugby Almanac rated him the “most likely to win a match for his side”. The full back/stand off captained Scotland four times and played 10 games for the Barbarians – the invitational rugby union team. A versatile performer, Ken also played for the Royal Signals Catterick, Cambridge University, London Scottish, Ballymena, Leicester, Heriots FP and Aberdeenshire. Often referred to as ahead of his time, Ken popularised the concept of the attacking full back in the modern game. Recognised as a world class and gifted player – fellow Scottish internationalist Arthur Smith stated he was “the best passer of a ball I played with”. Ken has also been inducted into the Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame.

Ken Scotland