Gavin Hastings

Gavin Hastings
Full name Andrew Gavin Hastings
Date of birth (1962-01-03) 3 January 1962[1]
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Weight 14 st 3 lb (91 kg)[1]
School George Watson's College
University Cambridge University, Paisley College of Technology - University of the West of Scotland
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fullback
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1985 Cambridge University
Watsonians RFC
London Scottish FC
University of Auckland
Barbarian F.C.
correct as of 7 August 2006.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British & Irish Lions
correct as of 7 August 2006.
Gavin Hastings
No. 15
Position: Placekicker
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career WLAF statistics
PAT: 23/27
FG: 0/1

Andrew Gavin Hastings, OBE (born 3 January 1962) is a former Scotland rugby union player. He is frequently considered to be one of the best rugby players to come out of Scotland.[1] His nickname is "Big Gav".

Hastings was born in Edinburgh. He has played for Watsonians, London Scottish, Cambridge University, Scotland and the British and Irish Lions and was one of the outstanding rugby union players of his generation, winning 61 caps for Scotland, 20 of which as captain. He played fullback, and captained the Lions on the tour to New Zealand in 1993 (after playing in all three tests in the 1989 tour to Australia).

Former national coach Ian McGeechan said of him:

"Gavin is a big man in every sense of the word... his greatest asset was to engender confidence in those around him and to lead by example when the opposition had to be taken on. In New Zealand, they considered him simply the best full-back in the world."[1]


Richard Bath writes of Gavin Hastings that:

"Caps do not make the man, but a quick look at Gavin Hastings' battle honours should be more than enough to establish his credentials as the finest player ever to wear the dark blue of Scotland.
"For the record though, here is an abridged version of one of the most impressive curriculum vitae in British rugby; Hastings captained the first Scottish schoolboys' side to win on English soil; he captained the victorious 1985 Cambridge University side; he won the Gallaher Shield with Auckland University during his sabbatical year; he was a central figure in Scotland's 1990 Grand Slam... he captained Scotland in one World Cup, and played in two others, including a semi-final; he captained his country and scored the winning try when Scotland registered their first win at the Parc des Princes... he played for the World XV in the New Zealand Centenary Celebrations; and he holds the British points-scoring record with 733 points in tests for Scotland and the Lions."[1]


As a schoolboy Hastings became the first player to captain a Scottish schoolboys side to win in England.[1] In 1985, he captained Cambridge University to victory in the Varsity Match.[1] His younger brother Scott was also a professional Rugby Union player.

International career

Richard Bath says of Hastings' playing style that he was:

"Solid under the high ball, an outstanding goal-kicker and with a siege-gun boot that would almost inevitably find touch, Hastings was defensively strong, and came into the line with an impact which perhaps owed more to his stocky frame than great pace, but which was still extremely effective and served any team he played for in any conditions.
"A gritty player whose solidity reassured players in front of him and whose huge boot sapped opposition confidence, Gavin Hastings was also a player of immense spirit who invariably led the rearguard action, or initiated the fightback."[1]

Post-international career

On 30 August 2007 he was announced as the chairman of the "New" Edinburgh professional rugby club.[2]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Bath, p111
  2. Alasdair Reid (31 August 2007). "Gavin Hastings appointed chairman of Edinburgh".
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