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Gavin Hastings

Scotland Rugby Legend

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland, Barbarians & Lions Rugby Captain

Scotland rugby legend Gavin Hastings, OBE, is a former Scotland rugby union player. He is frequently considered one of the best, if not the best, rugby player to come out of Scotland. Gavin Hasting was captain of the Watsonians, Cambridge University, London Scottish, the Barbarians, Scotland and the British Isles. The former Scotland captain has had a distinguished record as an outstanding player and an inspirational captain. Gavin Hastings played fullback, and captained the Lions on the tour to New Zealand in 1993.

Hastings made his debut for Scotland against France in 1986 and was a central figure in Scotland’s 1990 Five Nations Grand Slam. In February 1995 he became the holder of a record number of Scottish caps when he made his 53rd full international appearance. Hastings’s final game was on 11 June 1995 against New Zealand in Pretoria at the quarter-finals of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. By the end of that match he had scored 667 international points, a Scottish record that stood until surpassed by Chris Paterson in 2008.Hastings captained Scotland on 20 occasions including at the 1995 World Cup.

Scotland rugby legend Hastings awarded an Honorary Blue from Heriot Watt University in 1995 for his contribution to sport at a national level. Hastings was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1993 for services to rugby union. Hastings was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003 and later into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2013. Since its formation in 2001, Hastings has been the Patron of Sandpiper Trust, a Scottish charity which provides life-saving medical equipment to rural doctors, nurses and paramedics across Scotlan


Gavin Hastings is an excellent public speaker and is a popular after-dinner speaker. He will provide an uplifting insight into his life as a rugby player, business man and sports pundit. His topics include:

  • Motivation
  • Rugby
  • Business Leadership
  • Team Work
To book former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings for your event, contact Front Row Speakers on +353 1 485 3991 or email
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