David Johnston (rugby union, born 1958)

David Ian Johnston (born 20 October 1958) is a Scottish former rugby union player. Johnston played 27 times at centre for the Scotland national rugby union team. He was formerly a commercial property partner in Burness Solicitors.


Johnston attended George Watson's College in Edinburgh and played rugby union, captaining the Scotland schoolboys team.[1] He also played football, even though his school didn't have football teams.[1] Johnston attracted the attention of football scouts with his performances for the Hutchison Vale boys club.[1] He signed for Heart of Midlothian in 1977 and made one appearance in a First Division match against Dundee, but was substituted due to injury.[1][2] He left Heart of Midlothian in 1978 and became a rugby player, while also studying for a law degree.[1]


Johnston joined Watsonians RFC after ending his football career.[2] He made his Scotland debut on 10 November 1979 against New Zealand at Murrayfield. Johnston was part of the Scotland team that won the Grand Slam in the 1984 Five Nations Championship and he scored a try in the win that year against England.[3] His final appearance came on 29 March 1986, against Romania in Bucharest. His career record was: played 27, won 14, drew 2 and lost 11 and he scored 4 tries.

He took on the role of assistant coach for the 1988 Scotland rugby union tour of Zimbabwe, working with Richie Dixon.[4] Dixon and Johnson were sacked by the SRU in 1998.[5]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Smith, Aidan (9 March 2013). "David Johnston on pre-rugby days playing for Hearts". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  2. 1 2 http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/player9/davidjohnston.html
  3. Moffat, Colin (27 January 2014). "Celebrating Scotland's class of '84". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  4. McMurtrie, Bill (25 March 1988). "Dixon a natural choice to tackle Scots' coaching post". The Glasgow Herald. p. 40. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  5. Glover, Tim (20 February 1998). "Rugby Union: Chalmers keeps fighting for possession". The Independent. Retrieved 27 January 2014.

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