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Obituary | Ken Scotland

Photo courtesy of Scottish Rugby Website
Photo courtesy of Scottish Rugby Website

Former Leicester Tigers player Ken Scotland has died, aged 86.

Scotland represented Leicester Tigers between 1961-62, making 40 appearances and scoring 240 points.

In addition to Tigers, he played for a number of sides during a decorated career and was capped at international level with Scotland and the British & Irish Lions.

A full-back, Scotland was a prolific points-scorer through tries, goal-kicking and drop-goals.

Following his passing this week, the Scottish rugby website said: 

Kenneth James Forbes Scotland was a player ahead of his time, a true trailblazer.

He was also an absolute gentleman, as keen a student of the game today, to which he brought crystal-clear but kind thinking, as he was in his playing pomp.

To spend time in his company while watching his beloved Heriot’s at Goldenacre was one of the great privileges for anyone who loves the game.

As a player, he changed the narrative of what was expected of a full-back, bringing counter-attacking elan to the traditional steadying influence of the last line of defence.

Scotland, the great innovator, was the catalyst for some of the game’s greatest full-backs, such as JPR Williams and Andy Irvine, who were given licence to play the same exhilarating game that was Ken Scotland’s trademark.

Read the full Scottish Rugby Obituary HERE.